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.

  • Laura Curiel

    Good job Ella! Congratulations and good luck for the next step. :)
    17/06/2014 4:09:41 PM

  • Nadine, Chad, Jordyn, Kennedy Avery

    Good video, Ella! You did a wonderful job researching and creating your video. We watched it many times. It was very interesting.
    17/06/2014 12:42:21 PM

  • Laurie Collins

    Wonderful video, Emma! Your use of animations and graphics as well as an interview with your Oma made this video come alive!
    17/06/2014 9:46:13 AM

  • Penny Forrest

    Beautiful job! You pointed out the difficult journey of all immigrants to Canada!
    17/06/2014 9:42:21 AM

  • Bailey B - 2014 Young Citizen

    Your video is really good! I loved the editing as well as the little cartoon refrences. It's cool how you did someone that's related to you, I did my video on my great, great, great aunt. Good Luck!

    — Bailey B – 2014 Young Citizen


    14/06/2014 11:43:12 AM

  • Abby Petersen

    Wow! I loved your video and I think it was very interesting and different in a good way! Good luck, and if I were to vote for anyone, it would be you!

    — Abby P – 2014 Young Citizen


    13/06/2014 9:41:43 PM

  • Laurie Collins

    Hi Emma, I loved watching your video about your Oma and learning all about her coming to Canada. The animations and graphics that you used, and especially the video of your real, live Oma, made your video come alive and be very interesting. Well done! (I happen to know your Oma, and she is a wonderful person!). Canada is lucky that she came!
    13/06/2014 3:04:48 PM

  • Jola T. - 2014 Young Citizen

    Great job Ella! I love the amount of creativity and time you put into this project!

    — Jola T – 2014 Young Citizen


    13/06/2014 2:31:11 PM

  • Jenna A. -2014 Young Citizen

    Very fascinating video. It was engaging and creative. I enjoyed your topic choice as you had personal connections. Your video was informative and interesting.

    — Jenna A – 2014 Young Citizen


    11/06/2014 7:36:04 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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