Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Dillon Whiteway, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Avalon Regional Fair

Project: Ma bibliothèque locale

My project is about ICH or Intangible Cultural Heritage, this is heritage you cant touch. its kinds of things like telling stories, songs and crafts like tying knots. if we don't teach the younger generations it will all be lost.

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

One of the most interesting things I learned from my topic, was that you should teach all the younger generations about everyday life and different methods of living. We should pass it on before the people who tell it to you are gone.

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

I always used to hang out with my great pop, he used to tell me all kinds of stories. I was young then and didn't realize the importance of those conversations, now he is passed on and i wish that I could've paid a bit more attention because now I cant remember anything he said.

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

These days we can just go to the dollar store and buy little crafts. Back then they didn't have any dollar stores, so they would make it themselves. Things like tying knots and knitting were a way of life, they were necessary for survival.

  • Joanne

    Great work
    12/06/2017 3:59:32 PM

  • Donald Pitcher

    Dillon, You have presented a carefully thought out project which gives both theory ( the importance of retaining intangible cultural knowledge) and a very practical approach on how to do it. Well done !
    12/06/2017 3:17:29 PM

  • Lisa

    Fabulous job again this year!
    12/06/2017 2:40:41 PM

  • Leila

    Very Proud of you Dillon!!
    10/06/2017 4:48:44 PM

  • Emily Mayne

    Fantastic video!! I especially appreciate the key points you made regarding preservation of information. With youth like you our heritage is in good hands.
    10/06/2017 4:45:37 AM

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