Nicole L.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Regional Heritage Fair

How I came to be Canadian

My project explores my own ancestral roots. It traces the four patterns of migration of my ancestors and explains the factors that brought them to Canada. It explores the concept of immigration both past and present.




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

I've learned a lot about the parallels between past and current day immigration. It has helped me see one topic from many different viewpoints and to see present day immigrants in a different light. They could have been my own relatives 100 or 200 years ago.

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

It was very interesting to learn about my ancestors, some dating all the way back to the 1500s. I learned about all the varied places that my ancestors came from and all the different backgrounds that I have.

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

Life is a lot different now than it was a hundred years ago (it`s 2017!) and people take for granted what they have. The people in my project faced a lot of challenges that I don`t have to deal with, such as war and poverty. Canada offered them new opportunities and also offers opportunities to me today.