Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ysabelle Joyce Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: Nursing Sisters: Were They Forgotten?


The Canadian Nursing Sisters were brave and dedicated women who served our country and the world. They served in the Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. It is a story of unyielding women who brave all the hardships of the war to do their duty and care for their patients, and of those who nursed the casualties left in the wake of war.

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

The soldiers affectionately called the Nursing Sisters “Bluebirds” because of their blue dresses and white veils. It was only after World War I that the Nursing Sisters earned the most respect from the world and became recognized. The Nursing Sisters were the first Canadian women to vote in a federal election (1917) because of their bravery in World War I. This led the way to other Canadian women achieving the right to vote. To honour the Nursing Sisters for their service, sacrifices and heroism, a beautiful Nursing Sisters’ Memorial was erected in the Hall of Honour at the Parliament Building in Ottawa.

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

Those Nursing Sisters served and helped, and never gave up to the last of their strength and even to their last breath. They healed the sick, they treated the wounded and they comforted the dying. They sacrificed their lives and happiness, they endured the loneliness away from their loved ones, all  to make sure that they would fulfill their duties and responsibilities to serve their country by caring for and comforting the wounded soldiers. They were called “Angels of Mercy” for good reason!

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

Peace, unity and freedom are the three gifts that I, and all of us, are enjoying right now, thanks to the heroic Nursing Sisters and the soldiers they healed. The Nursing Sisters endured and sacrificed their lives during the war by serving and helping the injured and sick soldiers. They knew it could cost them their lives but they chose to serve anyway. My life is so much easier in comparison because I am not in danger of dying, I am not worried about a bomb dropping on me, and I am enjoying peace and freedom because of the brave Nursing Sisters and the soldiers they cared for. This project is my way to say thank you to them!

  • lilybeth

    Your topic was well explained,you did a good job on your research,you have a really good video,good luck,i hope you win
    29/06/2016 11:11:36 AM

  • Delacruz

    You have a very interesting topic and not so many people knows about Nursing sisters.Your profile was well said & i like how your video was done,i really like the part where you & your friends did the short skit to re-enacted the Nursing Sister ,I thought it was very realistic.Well done Ysabelle,best of luck to you
    29/06/2016 11:02:43 AM

  • Bradley gr5

    vote4lyfe
    28/06/2016 9:37:35 AM

  • carson / lebron

    VOTE BRUH
    28/06/2016 9:36:57 AM

  • arlyne

    well done on your project.You always amazed me,all the best for you Ysabelle
    27/06/2016 11:56:21 AM

  • KONSI

    good job
    27/06/2016 2:32:26 AM

  • Dave A.

    Thank you for doing a wonderful job on your history project,you enlightened our mind to something that we never knew that was a great part of our world history.Well done,hope you win
    26/06/2016 5:27:10 PM

  • Al

    I think you did really well in presenting your project,I learned a lot..good luck
    26/06/2016 5:17:16 PM

  • Lily

    I never knew how much sacrifices the Nursing Sisters contributed to our history,to our independence,live the nuses,& to you good job & best of luck
    26/06/2016 1:39:47 PM

  • Ciel

    You have amazing project...well done & good luck Ysabelle
    26/06/2016 1:34:01 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.