Canada’s Virtual Heritage Fair

COVID-19 forces adaptation and innovation for Canadian students

Hosted by Canada’s History

Posted May 1, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept Canada this spring, students were forced to deal with sudden closures and cancellations as everything from classes and concerts to school trips and sporting events were shut down.

For thousands of students, this also meant missing out on their annual heritage fair — a public exhibition of student research projects about Canadian history. Approximately 80 heritage fairs take place each spring in every province and territory, bringing together students, teachers, families, museums, and community organizations.

Fortunately, students have an opportunity to transform their projects for a digital audience through Canada’s Virtual Heritage Fair — an initiative offered by Canada’s National History Society.

Students are invited to submit three photos and captions to describe their research. From April 15 to May 8, the posts will be shared on a new Instagram account, set up and maintained by Canada’s History.

Canadians are encouraged to view, share, and comment on the projects by visiting @heritagefairs_fetespatrimoine on Instagram.

Canada’s History will also be offering the national program for heritage fairs, Young Citizens, where students are invited to transform their research into short videos. The deadline for submissions is June 8 and four winners will receive a trip for two to Ottawa. More information can be found at YoungCitizens.ca

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