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.

  • Keith Jenkins

    From an Australian with Orkney roots, well done!!
    21/06/2016 6:43:31 PM

  • Keith Jenkins

    From an Australian with Orkney roots, well done!!
    21/06/2016 6:41:33 PM

  • Dan Perkins

    Nicely done. Your a great speaker and singer.
    20/06/2016 4:21:21 PM

  • amanda kavanagh

    way to go McKenna, well done!
    20/06/2016 7:52:13 AM

  • Armella Gulley

    Fantastic! I really enjoyed and learned a lot from your project. Good Luck!
    17/06/2016 5:16:45 PM

  • Rich Katz

    McKenna...fantastic job!
    17/06/2016 4:05:15 PM

  • Karin Halladay

    Well done Miss McKenna! Great history lesson. You taught me something today!
    17/06/2016 9:49:37 AM

  • Liz Antonio

    Well done McKenna!
    16/06/2016 9:02:25 PM

  • Janie Hollman

    Well done McKenna!! Very informative and I am sure you learned a great deal too.
    16/06/2016 3:53:20 PM

  • Mikayla😉

    This is so great McKenna!!!! You did such a fantastic job!!! And you have a beautiful singing voice!
    16/06/2016 2:05:46 PM

+ Add Comment

Comments are moderated and will be reviewed before they are posted to the website.


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.