Nyla S.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Laura Secord

My project has the information of Laura's childhood, adult life, family, her house, the chocolate factory that was named after her and of course her famous trek. I have included a 3D component of the section in her story where she is helped by the first nations that made it possible for her to do what she did. I tell her story in a way that keeps the reader listening and interested in my topic.


What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about Laura was probably what she thought of herself back then and all the struggles she had to go through during her trek. For example Laura never thought of herself as a very brave and independent woman and I think it is important that women think highly of themselves whether other people do or not. I also enjoyed learning about how Laura was attacked by wild animals like wolves and bears during her trek and I liked to research about how she stayed alive and the things she had to do during her trek.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

In all the research that I have done on Laura and her story the most important thing I have learned is that men and women are equal. Back then and even now women were and are underestimated all the time on their strengths and capabilities as an individual. Women sometimes think to themselves that they can't do certain things because of their gender and old stereotypes. I think Laura's story proves that women can do anything they set their minds to and I think that is an important lesson that all Canadian women should know, in fact all the women in the world.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Back then the number of people that had a lot of money wasn't as large as it is now. During my research I found out that there were a lot of the same names in families because people were named after each other and we don't do that as much anymore. I also learned that as families, people traveled a lot and we don't do that as much as they did. I found it interesting to learn the differences and similarities between the years of 1812 and 2016.