2016 Recipients

Canada’s History Society is pleased to announce the 26 winners of the Young Citizens program. From November 26-29, these students will travel to the Canada’s History Youth Forum and spend four days together exploring the capital region and learning more about our country’s past.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Young Citizens programs:

Iqmat Kehinde Iyiola
Immigration in Canada

McKenna Peterson
Canada Orkney Connection

Sukhmandip Kang
British Columbia

Vedanshi Vala
British Columbia
L'histoire d'un pionnier canadien

Sebastien Sarrondo
“Nice Women Don't Want The Vote”

Ysabelle Joyce Tankeko
Nursing Sisters: Were They Forgotten?

Alex LeBrun
New Brunswick
Private Roland George Edward LeBrun

Alexis Bourque
New Brunswick
L'île de Shediac

Evan Natsheh
Newfoundland and Labrador
John Murray Anderson — A Little Known Figure in Newfoundland's History

Sophia Sheppard
Newfoundland and Labrador
Walter Pitcher and the Monchy 10

Curtis Raymond
Nova Scotia
Forging History

Emma Cook
Nova Scotia
Maple Madness: A History of Maple Syrup Production in Canada

Alailah Tagak
Inuit Clothing

Natasha Kiyoapik

Rochelle Smith
Northwest Territories
The Fight to Become a Person

Shae McMahon
Northwest Territories
Raised in The Hood?

Bethany Poltl
The Canadian Women of Women’s College Hospital

Sairah Amuthan
Rethinking the history of the CPR

Jack Dwyer
Prince Edward Island
La coupe Stanley

Payton Smith
Prince Edward Island
Canadian Space Achievements

Daphnée Thibodeau
Un train, une histoire

Lauren Kim
Yukon Gold Potato

Colby Hough
Banff: Canada's First National Park

Ellery Nelson
Immigration au Canada

Kasi Kafka-Kotelko
The Klondike Gold Rush

Sarah Krause
Canyon City

2016 Honourable Mentions

Kylen Glass, Alberta, Avro Canada and the Legendary Arrow

Ryker Bruisedhead, Alberta, History of the Indian Cowboy

Abrielle ChanBritish Columbia, Japanese Canadian Community: The History of a Blossoming Community Taking Root

Elwin Zhu, British Columbia, The Royal Hudson 2860

Lauren LeeBritish Columbia, My Mount Pleasant: Vancouver's First Suburb

Isabel Plamondon, Manitoba, Canadi-Yum!

Katya Thornton, Manitoba, Red River Fashion

Kayley Urquhart, New Brunswick, History of Ganong

Marie-Pier Thériault, New Brunswick, Ron Turcotte

Alexandria Crann, Newfoundland and Labrador, The Florence Nightingale of Newfoundland

Jeremy Lewis, Newfoundland and Labrador, Root Cellaring

Brea CampbellNova Scotia, Pier 21

Shannon Ouellette, Nova Scotia, Reconstruire l'histoire

Zoe ElverumNunavut, Changes After First Contact

Cassie Rogers, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia's Scottish Roots

Joanna EdwardsNorthwest Territories, A brief comparison and history of two Art forms (Inuit and Anime)

Harit Kapadia, Ontario, Athabasca Oil Sands

William PetznickOntario, L’évolution de la communication

Basel Al Rashdan, Prince Edward Island, My Journey

Luc Doucette, Prince Edward Island, Le pont de la Confédération

Rebecca Mizrahi, Québec, The Canadian Pacific Railway

Sasha Pinto, Québec, Canadian Pacific Railway

Kent Shumlich, Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Air Ambulance — Lifeguard

Taylor Petrie, Saskatchewan, Maple Syrup: Canada's Sweet Treat

Zeke Dukart, Yukon, Toby's Story

2015 Recipients

Eden Feddema, Calgary, AB
What happened in my great grandma’s yard?
Karissa Hazelwood, Lethbridge, AB
Canada's Canola
Judy Li, Vancouver, BC
Chinese Immigration to Canada
Samuel Costa
, Prince Rupert, BC
Barkerville Stands the Test of Time
Adi Groumoutis
, Winnipeg, MB
The Winnipeg General Strike 1919
Reed Cohen, Winnipeg, MB
Hana's Suitcase - The Canadian Connection
Sébastien Daigle
, Baker-Brook, NB
Les 163 ans d'histoire de la ferme Oscar Daigle
Nadia Hiemstra, Miramichi, NB
Friendship in Bloom
Nicholas Edwards, St. John's, NFL
My Grandfathers: One hundred Years Ago In their Footsteps
Katie Kelly, Long Beach, NFL
The Resilient Newfoundlander and Labradoria
Ethan Wah, Bridgewater, NS
Privateer Captain Alex Godfrey from Liverpool
Evelyn Ferguson, Lunenburg, NS
The Little Immigrants
Tyrone Pewatoaluk, Pond Inlet, NU
Nancy Ootoova, Pond Inlet, NU
Robbie Hann, Desboro, ON
War on the Water: the Battle of the Atlantic
Kirsten Rowe, Ajax, ON
James Bay Treaty
Pete Christie, Charlottetown, PEI
Brothers in Arms
Geoffrey Paton, Charlottetown, PEI
Cruising the Past
Amélie Gagné
, Saint-Bruno de Kamouraska, QC
La monnaie canadienne d'hier à aujourd'hui
Isabelle Pépin
, St-Georges, QC
La musique en Nouvelle-France

Mya Matthies, Caronport, SK
Women at Work during the World Wars

Sanai Minor, Regina, SK
First African American Settlers in Saskatchewan
Cailley Cross, Whitehorse, YU
The Richest Woman in the Yukon

Carson Kiesling, Whitehorse, YU
Yukon Telegraph
Rae Panayi, Yellowknife, NWT
Lucia Nakehk'o, Yellowknife, NWT
Walking With Our Sisters

Honorable mentions:

Kaitlyn Mueller, Lethbridge, AB
Abrielle Chan, Vancouver, BC
Atticus McIlraith,Winnipeg, MB
Chloe Reitlo, Flin Flon, MB
Josh de Jong, Quispamsis, NB
Cloé-Alexandra Albert, Dugas, NB
Julie Clarke, Bay Robert's, NFL
Obadiah Oickle, Chelsea, NS
Jane Singorie, Pond Inlet, NU
Paul Grein, Durham, ON
Jazmyn Johns, Sudbury, ON
Charlotte Fritz, St.Catherines, ON
Peter MacMillan, West Covehead, PEI
Grace Campbell, Charlottetown, PEI
Nadia Champagne, Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley, QC
Summer Okerstrom, Moose Jaw, SK
Rachel Walker, Whitehorse,YU
Shayla Huynh, Yellowknife, NWT

2014 Recipients

Jenna Allison, Winnipeg, MB
Nellie McClung

Maude Couturier, Fredericton, NB
Les infirmières militaires canadiennes

Élodie Chamberland, Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska, QC
La seconde guerre mondiale

Dylan Donald, Regina, SK
Chuckwagon Racing

Harrison Duffy, Kinkora, PEI
History Of PEI railway

Ella Forrest, Regina, SK
My Oma's Story

Andréanne Girard-Lemieux, Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, QC
Reproduction de mocassins amérindiens

Jack Goldsworthy, Torbay, NL
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Original Way of Life

Eastyn Klages, Chatsworth, ON
A Little Taste of Home

Dylan Lee, Vancouver, BC
The Chinese Head Tax

Karla McCallum, Charlottetown, PEI
The Journey of the Potato

Alexandra Mines, Vancouver, BC
Les Réfugiés Indésirables du Canada

Emma Morehouse, Lincoln, NB
Patrick Owens Covered Bridge

Abby Peterson, Rocky Mountain House, AB
Canada & Titanic

Jasmine Rahman, St. John's, NL
The Newfoundland Conscience: A History of Giving

Sam Rogers, Lower Onslow, NS
The Black Devil's Brigade

Dominic Shoop, Okotoks, AB
The FlintLock Pistol

Paris Snake, Rama, ON
Intergenerational Residential Schools: The Impacts

Duncan Snooks, Whitehorse, YT
Jacques Cartier

Ben Strickland, Bridgewater, NS
The Mosquito

Rachel Teller, Winnipeg, MB
Sir Frederick Banting

Maximilian Wanner, Whitehorse, YT
North West Mounted Police


2013 Recipients

Congratulations to the 4 winners of the 2013 program! These students will travel to Ottawa to present their films at the Canada's History Forum on November 18. They are also invited to a special reception at Rideau Hall and celebration dinner at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on November 19.

In alphabetical order:

NicolasNicolas Cain
Vancouver (BC)
Sir Samuel Steele

My project looks at Sam Steele, a leader in the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) who had control over the NWMP in the Yukon during the gold rush. I examine his life during this period and the hardships.





JulienneJulienne Chipesia
Inuvik (NWT)
The Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement

My project is on the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim in the Northwest Territories. The land claim is a modern treaty based on Treaty 11 which is a numbered treaty.





HelenaHelena Kantowicz
Vancouver (BC)
The Dark Legacy

My video is on the Canadian Residential school system. I focused on the impacts of the schools. Something I found shocking was that before I did this project I had no idea that this had even happened.





CynthiaCynthia Pelletier
Saint-Pascal (Québec)
Les légendes inuits et les inukshuks de l'Arctique

À l'aide de dessins et de vidéos, je raconte la légende de Sedna et du premier inukshuk. J'explique ce qu'est un inukshuk ainsi que sa symbolique

















(Top left to bottom right):
Emelyne Boals (Kingston, ON): The Inuit: Myth and Legends.
Jonathan Ijjangiaq (Repulse Bay, NU): Surviving the North.
Jake Leslie (Middle Musquodoboit, NS): Mi’kmaw Culture.
Emily Mittertreiner (Vancouver, BC): Search for the Northwest Passage.
Ève Pelletier (St-Pascal, QC): Les changements climatiques (Climate Change).


These six students represent the best of the 2012 Young Citizens program. They registered the most online votes across Canada and were chosen by a panel of judges to be the 2012 recipients. Their award-winning videos were presented on December 9th at the Canada's History Forum in Ottawa.

Appearing in alphabetical order.

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
The War of 1812

My project is on the War of 1812. I examine the causes as well as two of the major engagements of the early part of the war. To wrap-up I look at the impact of the war and a Canadian heroine.

Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Québec
La cartographie

Mon projet fera connaître un élément qui peut paraître banal, mais qui est en fait essentiel au développement d'un pays ou d'une région: la cartographie. À travers mon vidéo, je parlerai de la reproduction que j'ai faite d'une carte des îles St-Pierre et Miquelon, du point de vue d'un historien quant à la cartographie, du grand cartographe Jacques Cartier et de l'importance générale de toutes les cartes.

North Vancouver, British Columbia
The Heritage of My Home

My project traces the lives of the people who owned my home from 1926 until today. It included research of the architectural elements, items which were found in my home and research about the various homeowners.

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canadian Pacific Railway

My project covers the actual construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. I looked at the difficulties of building, the people who worked on it and much more. I used all the information I acquired to answer the question "What effect has the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway had on the new country of Canada?"

St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
Silver Fox Island

My project on Silver Fox Island explores the resources available and the determination of the people who struggled to survive on a small island in Bonavista Bay, NL. They depended upon the land, sea and the air for the necessities of life. When the opportunity was presented from the government, they uprooted their families and moved to larger communities in hope for a better life. These people are my family!

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Emily Murphy

Looking back at the 1800s and early 1900s, women have come a long way in society. Emily Murphy played a major part in this evolution of rights and privilege of women. To learn more about her and her impact on Canada, watch my short film on Emily Murphy.

2012 Honourable Mentions

Dylan Griffin Thomas

Left to right:
Dylan (Lethbridge, Alberta) — Canadian Superheroes
Griffin (Toronto, Ontario) — Freedom? Canada's Tarnished History of Civil Rights
Thomas (Balmoral, New Brunswick) — Le téléphone d'autrefois

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.