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My project is about the history of Maple Syrup and how it relates to trade. It refers to the lives of First Nations and European settlers across Canada.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about maple syrup was my family's personal ties. When I discussed my project with my grandparents, both my First Nations and European relations had connections to the harvesting of maple syrup. I also discovered that my home, Manitoulin Island has plenty of history with the creation of maple syrup.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
The important lessons that I have learned are how maple syrup connected the First Nations people and the early settlers. And how maple syrup affected the early economy of Canada. I also want to share the cultural and traditional background of this iconic food with my fellow Canadians.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I would compare my life with those I studied in my project, as fairly easy in relation to the harvesting of maple syrup. Modern tools and equipment are more efficient and effective than what was used in the past. There are also similarities in my life and the lives of the people I studied in my project. For example, the picture of my grandmother as a child, in the sugar bush reminds me of how much time I spend with my family in the outdoors.