Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

McKenna Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Fair address: Calgary Regional Heritage School Fair

Project: The Canada - Orkney Connection

I did my project on how people from the Scottish Orkney Islands affected Canadian history. This includes Orcadians from the 1700s to present day who came to Canada in search of a better life. I also explored my personal family connection to Orkney.

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

The most interesting thing I learned was the story of Isobel Gunn. She was the very first European woman to enter Canada. She had to disguise herself as a man to be hired by the Hudson's Bay Company and travel to Canada.

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

I learned that my family history can be very interesting to learn about. I also learned that the Orkney people who immigrated to Canada had a huge impact on our own Canadian history. I learned that history can be fun!

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

My life today is definitely much easier than the people that I studied. The new technology we have makes our life more comfortable. I am also glad that I don't have to disguise myself as a man to get a job and be successful.

  • Peter Locke

    Great Job Mckenna, My great great uncle was Dr. John Rae. I think he would have been pleased to know that you had researched and wrote about him.
    09/07/2016 3:59:52 PM

  • Nona Barker

    Well done, McKenna! Your video was very informative. Your personal connection to the topic was also fascinating.
    07/07/2016 10:20:29 PM

  • Darren

    Holy moly! Thank you for sharing your report with us McKenna! I learned some very interesting information about Canadian/Alberta history! Keep up the good work. I love history too!
    07/07/2016 1:50:22 PM

  • Keith Spelrem

    Interesting. My wife has visited the Orkneys so this has some closer attachment to us.
    06/07/2016 6:39:40 PM

  • Cassie Rogers, Young Citizen

    I also did a project related to Scotland, but I have never learned about this. I liked how you acted out skits in your video. They added to an amazing project! I really liked you song too, you are great at music! It is great that you were in the boat as you talked about too, it is very hard to find artifacts like that, especially one that is modelled after a ship that is modelled after a viking ship! You did a great video! Good luck!
    04/07/2016 9:39:57 PM

  • Roy Lycar

    Great Job!
    04/07/2016 9:19:53 PM

  • Bethany P Young Citizne ON

    McKenna, What an interesting history of how the Orkney man (and Isobel Gunn) came to work for the HBC! I also like your singing and guitar playing, well done!
    03/07/2016 5:34:55 PM

  • Isobel Dolak

    Very well done, McKenna !
    30/06/2016 2:35:44 AM

  • Orkney Library & Archive

    Great video. Very well done. Good luck.
    28/06/2016 6:20:52 AM

  • Susa Campbell

    Awesome job McKenna
    27/06/2016 9:08:43 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.