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Red River Heritage Fair
Knock, Knock, Knock
This project explores the influence of the Usher of the Black Rod in Canadian politics. Although the Black Rod is a little-known parliamentary role, its significance in our government is extensive.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I learned that although the Black Rod is a role in many Commonwealth countries, it has adapted to each one. For example, in the UK, the title is still the "Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod." In one country they used a broomstick instead of a traditional black rod for many years.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I have learned that the most influential roles in a body of jobs aren't always the most publicized. Canada's government is extensive, even though we mostly hear only about the legislative branch and, most prominently, the Prime Minister. However, it is important to recognize the value of every role in Canada's governmental system.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
My project focussed on the Usher of the Black Rod, a role that continues to exist today. It would be fantastic to have the opportunity to work so closely with many members of government, but unfortunately, I have to watch from the sidelines - at least for now.