Young Citizens: 12 Stories about Canadian Arts and Culture

Students from across Canada present history about their favourite musicians, writers, artists and performers.

Compiled by Canada’s History

Posted October 3, 2022

Every year, Heritage Fair students across Canada transform their projects into short, digital videos as part of the Young Citizens program. Since 2012, over 1,100 student videos have been posted on our youth channel. Combining creativity, research and passion for storytelling, our Young Citizens provide a fresh take on history.

To celebrate Canada’s #HistoryWeek2022, we have selected 12 Young Citizens videos that explore the theme “Arts and Culture.” From Stuart McLean and Mary Pratt to La Baie en Joie and Gabrielle Roy, these Young Citizens share stories about their favourite musicians, writers, artists and performers.

“The Group of Seven: Brushstrokes of Canadian Community” by Pearl I., Kingston, Ontario.

“John Murray Anderson — A Little Known Figure in Newfoundland’s History” by Evan N., St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Lucy Maud Montgomery” by Molly M., River Ryan, Nova Scotia.

“La Baie en Joie” by Josey C., Digby, Nova Scotia.

“Mary Pratt” by Namya R., Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Stuart McLean – Canada’s Voice” by Charles T., Bathurst, New Brunswick.

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“Carl Quinn” by Kylee C., Lethbridge, Alberta.

“Mi’kmaq Dancing” by Myranda R., Hebbs Cross, Nova Scotia.

“Newfoundland Fiddlers” by Emily M., St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Gabrielle Roy” by Cassidy Rose W., Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“Kingston Art History Tours” by Evan S., Kingston, Ontario.

“Emily Carr” by Liliana R., St. Davids, Ontario.

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