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.

  • Cate

    Brilliant!! Very well done!! You are the voice of change in this time of Truth and Reconciliation!
    12/06/2015 12:35:47 PM

  • Judy

    A thoughtful and creative project, excellent work Kirsten!
    12/06/2015 10:47:54 AM

  • Dan Kovacic

    Nicely done.
    11/06/2015 8:52:11 AM

  • Cheryl Gordon

    This is fantastic. Not only was this really well done, great script, great animation, attention to detail, but most important, I learned something that I did not know. Now I am more inspired to help. Thanks!!
    11/06/2015 8:51:43 AM

  • Paul Hili

    amazing! educational! good luck!
    11/06/2015 8:49:14 AM

  • Anna Silgardo

    Exceptional insight into the plight of our First Nation peoples. Well done!We are all Canadian and as such we must support, nurture and sustain. Please let me know how I can help.
    11/06/2015 8:46:46 AM

  • Angele Rocheleau

    Creative, fun and just all around brilliantly done!
    11/06/2015 8:33:17 AM

  • L

    wow! golly gee this amazing 💙💙💙
    11/06/2015 6:36:13 AM

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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.