Getting Started

Welcome!

Have you been invited to participate in the Young Citizens program? Congratulations; you are one of many 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 Forum.

Step 1 — Tell us who you are!

Register for Young Citizens by completing the online registration form at CanadasHistory.ca/YCRegister. Don't forget to attach a headshot! 

When you were selected as a Young Citizen, you should have been given a welcome package and a media release form to complete and have your parents sign. You must return this form to us by email to YoungCitizens@CanadasHistory.ca or by fax to 204-988-9309.

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.

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)

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!

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 https://www.dropbox.com/ to create a free, online account. Upload your video to a Dropbox folder, click “Share” then “Copy Link.” Paste the link into an email and send it to YoungCitizens@CanadasHistory.ca

Videos are due to Canada’s History no later than June 5, 2018.

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 12-22, you can invite friends and family to view and vote for your video. There are social media buttons on your profile page, so you can post links on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. We would also appreciate your comments on some of the other videos that your fellow Young Citizens create. We hope that Young Citizens gives you a chance to share your research with other Canadians and to interact with other students who love history. Make sure you get lots of people to vote for your video! The result of the popular vote will make up part of your final score.

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

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.