Kylen G.

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Regional Heritage School Fair

Canadian Spies

My project gives an overview of spies in Canada. It discusses how national security and intelligence gathering has transitioned from the RCMP to the formation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It also details current powers of CSIS.




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

The most interesting thing I learned was about the powers of CSIS within Canada. I previously had no idea that CSIS even existed or the powers they possess. I find it reassuring to know that there is this organization out there that is working behind the scenes to keep Canadians safe.

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

I have become more aware of the people working behind the scenes trying to protect Canadians from threats. I have learned about the powers of CSIS and intelligence gathering that most of us don't realize is going on. I have also learned that there are different perspectives within our society as to whether the powers of CSIS are a good or bad thing for Canadians.

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

My life today as a 14-year-old boy living in Canada is I think, very sheltered compared to the lives of CSIS agents. I take for granted my safety, whereas they are constantly living a life where they are very much aware of the threats to our country, and working to counteract those threats.