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My project is a study on my home town of Swift Current. It highlights the city's environment, culture, municipal government and history and how these factors shape the city's identity.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
History has changed Swift Current's culture over time. Many nationalities of settlers with their own traditions have become our traditions. What started out as a trader's boom town has grown into strong vibrant community.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
Many historical landmarks are still exist in our city. They all have interesting stories. The most interesting landmark I visited was the Battleford Trail site, it marks the ruts made by wagons as the first trade highway travelled by fur traders. It is also where the Metis traded their goods.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
A settler's life was harder than today's modern world. It took longer to complete everyday tasks as everything was done by hand. Environmental conditions were harsh as the land was raw and undeveloped. In today's world, everyday tasks are automated and things come easier - we have less struggles.