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!

  • marlyn

    Good job
    26/06/2016 11:45:34 AM

  • Gerry sembrano

    Go ysa. You're the best
    26/06/2016 6:12:29 AM

  • Faye

    Because of your history project I think I will never forget how Nursing Sisters dedicated their life to help & served mankind..Well done & good luck
    25/06/2016 7:44:28 PM

  • L.A.

    I like how you presented the Nursing Sisters in your video and acting as one of the Nursing sisters really shows how you much love your project.I am so glad that I read & watch your video because I never knew that there were brave & dedicated Nurses that during wars.Thank you
    25/06/2016 7:37:58 PM

  • Elwin Z (Young Citizen)

    That was a really interesting video with plenty of information! You organized it in a way that was easy to understand. Great job!
    25/06/2016 11:33:52 AM

  • Theresa

    I like how you described your topic,your video looks good,good luck
    24/06/2016 6:09:03 PM

  • Lucy

    I think it's a well done project..good luck
    24/06/2016 9:31:37 AM

  • Lui

    I love you how you presented your video,your costume looks so cute on you,your topic was interesting...good luck
    24/06/2016 9:28:48 AM

  • Madeline V (young Citizen)

    Amazing job Ysabelle! I really liked the part where you pretended to be a nursing sister and help a wounded soldier! Your costume was also great! Good Luck:)
    23/06/2016 4:56:59 PM

  • Bethany P Young Citizen ON

    Ysabelle, Thank you for sharing this incredibly interesting topic on the Nursing Sisters. I learned how many different wars these Canadian women were involved in and I did not realize the large number of sisters there were. Wow. You definitely show you passion for your topic with your role play and costume. Good luck!
    23/06/2016 4:53:44 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.