Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Olivia Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: The Vaughan Street Jailhouse

The construction of the Vaughan Street Jailhouse in Winnipeg, MB. was completed in 1883 and is the oldest Provincially owned building in Western Canada.  Many historical figures were connected to this jail.

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

Men, women, children and the mentally ill were all housed at the Vaughan Street Jail. Children as young as 5 went to jail.Since there were no facilities for the mentally ill people often left family members at the prison who suffered mental illness.These prisoners were often treated the worst.

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

The Canadian Pacific Railway brought in many immigrants to Winnipeg which also brought in a lot of crime.There was a need to build a bigger jail and court house so the Vaughan Street Jailhouse was built.

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

My life is much better because children have more rights today then they did back in the late 1800's. Hanging as a punishment for crime is not allowed today in Canada. People convicted of crimes have the chance to change their lives for the better while in prison through education and counselling.

  • Theresa

    Fantastic work!
    20/07/2016 11:03:44 AM

  • Curtis R (Young Citizen)

    Great job! I found it very interesting that so many different infamous people were involved with this one jail. It was also neat that you were able to film some of your video at the jail. Nice video and good luck.
    05/07/2016 5:40:03 PM

  • Sehrtaj Sanghara

    I really enjoyed learning about this creepy jail house! Just thinking about it gives me the chills! I never thought that children as young as five could go to jail. Great Work.
    04/07/2016 2:48:38 PM

  • Farah

    Great job on the video!
    02/07/2016 3:49:14 PM

  • Sandra

    Loved it!
    30/06/2016 10:22:56 PM

  • Kristen

    How excellent is this!!
    28/06/2016 4:38:10 PM

  • Christine

    Great teamwork on the video.
    27/06/2016 7:05:14 PM

  • Jorja

    You rock! Jailhouse Rock!
    27/06/2016 7:04:20 PM

  • Samantha

    Great job cousin!
    27/06/2016 7:03:02 PM

  • Christine

    Great work!
    27/06/2016 7:02:06 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.