Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Kirsten Ajax, Ontario

Fair address: Durham Regional Fair

Project: James Bay Treaty

In this video, I take you back to the year 1905, when the James Bay treaty was first being signed. The treaty was to relocate aboriginals who lived throughout Canada to communities in northern Ontario. 

There were positives and negatives along with this agreement, for both the aboriginals and King Edward the Seventh, who was the current ruler of the United Kingdom and Canada at the time. 

I add a fun twist to this not-so-fun subject by creating the video using Lego stop motion.

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

How the treaty that was signed over 100 years ago still is in effect today. Decades have gone by, and something that happened in the past still limits Aboriginal Canadians to what the treaty states. I find that oddly enough disturbing and interesting at the same time.

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

I learned how events that happen in the past can influence the future more then you would think, and it's very important to take the lessons you learn from the past and use it to create a brighter future, not just for you, but for others who are held within bounds that prohibit them from creating a better future.

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

We live completely different lifestyles, yet we are much alike. We are both born humans, yet the Aboriginals in my project didn't have the same rights as I do, and they still don't today. They also have different schools, different native foods, and some speak a different language.

  • Fred G.

    Wonderful job of explaining the treaty and how things should be made better for our Aboriginal People. Let's hope the new generation can change things for the better.
    06/08/2015 4:34:31 PM

  • C White

    Excellent job of using Claymation to tell your story. Congratulations on being chosen as an Ontario Young Citizen.
    03/07/2015 11:58:34 AM

  • Tate- 2015 Young Citizen

    Your video was really interesting. The way you presented your information through lego stop motion was very engaging and different.
    01/07/2015 3:43:01 PM

  • Olivia Mackenzie

    Wow I completely agree! After watching this video I completely agree that Canada needs to rise awareness about aboriginal rights! The stop motion was amazing! The amount of research was impressive! I learned allot so thank you so much! Best of luck! Olivia Mackenzie P.S my project is the library of parliament!
    30/06/2015 6:09:24 PM

  • Esther Gilbank

    Excellent education tool. Keep up the good work. Miigwech
    24/06/2015 1:01:29 PM

  • Judy marlow

    A really wonderful undertaking!
    24/06/2015 12:09:10 PM

  • Paul Savel

    Very well done! Well researched and presented in an entertained and educating format.
    24/06/2015 8:28:27 AM

  • Kathy Williams

    Thanks for sharing how this terrible situation arose for our Aboriginal people and inspiring us to support the changes that are needed.
    19/06/2015 9:19:15 PM

  • Shirley

    Lego explaining history Well done
    19/06/2015 7:47:52 AM

  • Barb Vranic

    Excellent, Kristin. My generation and before have done a lousy job. Maybe with attitudes like yours, your generation will see to it that our First Nations come into their own.
    18/06/2015 8:07:02 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.