Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jasmine St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Avalon Regional Fair

Project: The Newfoundland Conscience: A History of Giving

My project describes the Newfoundland conscience and the history of kindness in Newfoundlanders. This is done through real life examples of kindness to strangers and kindness to fellow Newfoundlanders. My project also discusses possible reasons that this characteristic kindness has developed.

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

I have learned that kindness is part of the Newfoundland heritage. The most interesting example is that an entire town can come to a stand still to help stranded airline passengers displaced from their homes at a time of international sadness and fear.

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

Newfoundlanders have a past history of kindness. This continues to be an integral part of the fabric of today's Newfoundland culture. Newfoundlanders are equally kind to strangers and fellow Newfoundlanders.

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

Years ago, until the 1960s, Newfoundland people were typically white. There was very little ethnic diversity in the population. Now people of many ethnic backgrounds live in Newfoundland. Although life today is very different than it was years ago, kindness continues to be a defining characteristic of the people of Newfoundland.

  • Ted Cooke

    Great job! How did you talk Mrs. Burke into doing an interview? Well done.
    18/06/2014 12:35:41 PM

  • Sharon

    Awesome job Jasmine and so true. Enjoyed your project, great job.
    18/06/2014 11:07:41 AM

  • Derrick Hayes

    Great Job ! 100%
    17/06/2014 6:22:46 PM

  • Kianna Sumitani

    I love the video! You are a great speaker! Great job!

    — Kianna S – 2014 Young Citizen

    17/06/2014 6:02:03 PM

  • Mike Fantuz

    What a great job you've done! It's very encouraging to see our younger generations carry the strong characteristics of Newfoundland culture forward! I'm also very happy that you included Gander in your examples of kindness! Great job!
    17/06/2014 4:21:00 PM

  • Victoria Jackman

    I truly enjoyed learning about this project that investigates the kind character of Newfoundland people! This project is a wonderful reminder that we must not only remember the mistakes of the past and strive not to replicate them in the future but that we also must remember the successes of the past like the kindness exemplified by the actions of the people of Newfoundland and be sure to carry forth this kindness in the future. Well done! — Victoria J - 2012 Young Citizen
    10/06/2014 12:57:47 PM

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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.