Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Sairah Nepean, Ontario

Fair address: Ottawa Regional Fair

Project: From Stallions to Steel: Rethinking the Canadian Pacific Railway


Established in 1881 and finished in 1885, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has been, and always will be, one of the most crucial constructions that has happened in Canada. This project explores the cultural, political and scientific aspects of the CPR.

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

At first, I thought trains were somewhat interesting, but I didn't realize how much more there was to learn. In doing this project, I looked at culture, geography, politics, the arts and literature of the Victorian period, and science. Thinking about the CPR taught me to look more deeply when making historical analyses.

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

One of the most important lessons I learned is that history is constantly needing to look at the diversity of the people involved in making history. For example, many historical texts only give a small recognition to the Chinese migrant workers who built the railway. Through this project, I have learned to look at a single event from different points of view.

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

Even though I (and many of my classmates) are from immigrant families, we feel that we are accepted into Canadian culture. We are encouraged to be fully engaged citizens. But it seems that during the railway building, people such as migrant workers were more likely to be taken advantage of. They were recruited to come to Canada, but never respected. And in general, there was such a distinction between social and economic classes.

  • Sarah

    What an impressive video.
    14/06/2016 12:33:45 PM

  • Steve Macdonald

    Excellent. Good to know the history behind the Canada’s major construction of CPR
    14/06/2016 8:45:58 AM

  • Ragu

    Beautiful job!!
    14/06/2016 7:07:32 AM

  • Asha

    Great presentaion! You certainly looked at all the different views and diversity of people that was put together to make history.
    13/06/2016 11:51:31 PM

  • Lynne Bennett

    Most Interesting! Great job - you should be very proud of yourself Sairah!
    13/06/2016 11:32:57 PM

  • sukhmandip

    I love how you you used various elements to create this video, it provides the audience with a better understanding of your wonder projects.
    13/06/2016 9:53:08 PM

  • T Thisan

    Interesting & informative. Good luck!
    13/06/2016 9:43:21 PM

  • Deepak

    Great job......way to go
    13/06/2016 9:15:34 PM

  • Abirami Paramanathan

    Very informative
    13/06/2016 9:04:02 PM

  • Sivaruban

    Excellent job.
    13/06/2016 8:26:28 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.