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.

  • Desiree

    Great job!! Voting for you :)
    14/06/2016 1:10:08 AM

  • Jan Mowat Paterson

    Marvellous !! I've just learned that I have more relatives in Canada, from both my mother and father sides of my family. You did a great job McKenna xx
    14/06/2016 1:04:21 AM

  • Kim McIntyre

    Nice work on your project!
    13/06/2016 11:59:10 PM

  • Vince Flewell

    McKenna you sure did your homework. Great job
    13/06/2016 10:12:46 PM

  • lee petersen

    Well Done Mck. I am very proud of your awesome work!
    13/06/2016 9:29:53 PM

  • Sheri Skocdopole

    Great Job Mckenna...Uncle Cliff and I are very proud of you!
    13/06/2016 9:01:44 PM

  • Marina Steckly

    Well done McKenna
    13/06/2016 8:55:12 PM

  • Marina Steckly

    Well done McKenna.
    13/06/2016 8:53:38 PM

  • Maggie Hall

    Voting for McKenna P, great job
    13/06/2016 7:12:38 PM

  • Mrs. Chatwood

    Well done, McKenna!! Your classmates and myself are super proud of you! Good luck, girl!!!
    13/06/2016 7:02:25 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.