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.

  • Jazmyn

    your presentation was amazing McKenna! keep up the great work! good luck!
    13/06/2016 5:45:02 PM

  • E Drever

    Very good presentation as an Orcadian I'm always interested and love to hear about people around the world learning about our culture. My family is also from Westray so it was also pretty cool that your great grandad was too. Hopefully one day you get to take a trip to Orkney to learn more about your heritage.Again very good presentation.
    13/06/2016 4:42:25 PM

  • Cora

    Well done young lady nice you choose this subject....
    13/06/2016 4:29:49 PM

  • Kirstina Sinclair

    Well done McKenna, your Orkney cousins are very proud.
    13/06/2016 4:17:48 PM

  • Kaylee Saulteaux

    you did amazing! good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    13/06/2016 4:02:57 PM

  • Mr. A

    Excellent! Well done as always.
    13/06/2016 3:26:06 PM

  • Ian McKendrick

    Wonderful, informative presentation. Nice work.
    13/06/2016 3:06:53 PM

  • wanda gorzkowska

    well done on all your hard work.
    13/06/2016 2:01:51 PM

  • wanda gorzkowska

    well done on all your hard work.
    13/06/2016 2:00:45 PM

  • Heather and Joe

    Super well done McKenna, loved it! All the best to you!
    13/06/2016 1:40:49 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.