Getting Started


Have you been selected to participate in the Young Citizens program? Congratulations; you are among over 200 young Canadians who share your passion for history and are great leaders in their school and community. Welcome!

You now have a unique opportunity to showcase your talents, learn more about your country’s past, and interact with other Young Citizens from all across Canada.

Your mission is to present us with a short video (3-4 minutes) about your heritage fair project, much like a nightly news story or a documentary that you would see on television. Your goal should be to make your audience as excited about your topic as you are (while telling an accurate and informative history, of course)!

Work hard to make a great film and you could win a trip to Ottawa to present your film at the Canada's History Youth Forum.

Step 1 – Tell us who you are!

When you were selected as a Young Citizen, you should have been given a registration form and a media release form to complete and have your parents sign. You must return these forms to us so we know who you are and can contact you with important information. You can send them by email to or by fax to 204-988-9309.

You must also complete this online form, which will be used to complete your personal profile page at

Please note: You are asked to provide a brief description of your project and answer 3 short questions about your topic. All good filmmakers need a headshot, so ask your teacher or parent to take a new photo of you for your profile page.

Step 2 – Get filming!

With all that paperwork out of the way, it’s time to start working on creating your video!

Start by reading the Participant Guidelines to find some rules and tips for creating your video.

Participant Guidelines

Canada's History has made a 5 second introduction ("bumper") that should be added to the beginning of your video. You can download the bumper here:
Young Citizens Bumper (.mp4 format)
Young Citizens Bumper (.mov format)
Young Citizens Bumper (.avi format)

You don’t have to stand in front of the project you created for the Heritage Fair to tell us all about it — get out in your community and visit museums, archives, or historic sites, and interview people about your topic. Remember — your final video will be 3-4 minutes long, so you will need to plan your time carefully. Make sure your video lasts exactly between 3 and 4 minutes - not too short and not too long!

* To mark Canada's 150th birthday, we would like you to use the last 30 seconds of your video to tell us why your topic is important to Canada's history and why is it still relevant in 2017? 

Most importantly, don’t forget to be creative and HAVE FUN!

Step 3 – Send us your video!

We will be using Dropbox, a free, file sharing service, to send and receive videos. With a parent or guardian, visit to create a free, online account. Upload your video to a Dropbox folder, right click the file and click “get link” next to the Dropbox icon. Copy and email the link to

Videos are due to Canada’s History no later than June 5, 2017.

Step 4 – Share your work!

Once we receive your video, we will add it to your Young Citizens profile page. You can then share your video with your friends and family and showcase your great work. Please take some time to view and to comment on the videos added by other Young Citizens from all across Canada.

Step 5 – To the polls!

From June 12 - July 7 2017, the vote will be open and you can encourage your friends and family vote for your video. The result of the public vote will determine 50% (13) of the participants. A panel of judges will then determine the remaining 13 finalists.These 26 selected recipients are invited to travel to Ottawa in the fall to the Canada’s History Youth Forum. Winners will be contacted before August 31, 2017.

We look forward to viewing your videos! Good luck and have fun!

Thank you Great-West Life and the Government of Canada
Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.