Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ella Regina, Saskatchewan

Fair address: Regina Regional Saskatchewan Youth Heritage Fair

Project: My Oma's Story

My project is based on my Oma's immigration from Austria to Canada when she was 8 years old.  I focused on many aspects of her life in Austria, her journey to Canada, and her new life in Regina.

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

I thought it was interesting that my Oma faced all this in her life and I get to see her often. I also liked the story of how my Oma's mom put a cactus in the window at her home in Austria so the children wouldn't fall out the window.

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

I have learned that it was difficult for not only my Oma to leave her home behind but also for all immigrants who look to start a new life in a new country. They face many hardships on their journeys but also in adjusting to life in a new place. My Oma's story was very important to Canada's history because immigrants brought families, food, and new traditions which have shaped the culture we now have in Canada.

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

Immigrants nowadays have technology such as planes and computers which makes communication with family members much easier. The time for travelling is much less. Immigrants who come to Canada now might know some English to get them started and when they arrive there is help for these immigrants.

  • Becky

    superb project!

    — Becky M – 2014 Young Citizen


    18/06/2014 2:53:35 PM

  • Louise Corbin-Schneider

    Congratulations, Ella, on an awesome presentation.
    18/06/2014 11:57:51 AM

  • Renee

    Great video! Loved the little pictures and clips while she was talking!
    18/06/2014 7:51:47 AM

  • Kate Heap

    What an interesting video! I'd like to show it to my year 5 children here in England. I went to university with your mum and can see that you are very clever, just like her.
    18/06/2014 1:58:32 AM

  • Jola

    Once again, awesome job!

    — Jola T – 2014 Young Citizen


    17/06/2014 10:56:22 PM

  • Meredith Kelly

    Great job Ella!
    17/06/2014 10:34:21 PM

  • Judy Stradeski

    Wow, Ella! You did a super job....very impressive. Your grandma (and grandpa) are very special people to us. We see them at church and sometimes at school and they are fine people! We are thankful that your Oma came to Canada, so that we had the privilege of meeting her and, of course, you. :-)
    17/06/2014 9:36:40 PM

  • Grandpa

    Well done. Your Oma's story was very interesting.
    17/06/2014 7:03:01 PM

  • Dan Cozine

    Great Job Ella!!Super creative. Best of luck, I hope you get to go to Ottawa!
    17/06/2014 5:20:01 PM

  • Doris Hagan

    That was wonderful Ella! I loved how Oma was included in your video as you told your story.
    17/06/2014 4:34:15 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
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