Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Elizabeth St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Avalon Regional Fair

Project: The History of Logging in Newfoundland Labrador

The film "The History of Logging in Newfoundland Labrador" is about my Great Uncle Felix Laing, who was a logger and grew up in the resettled logging community of Lomond, which is now a campground in Gros Morne National Park. The film also includes historical photos, a re-enactment, and a performance of the Newfoundland Labrador folk song, "The Badger Drive."

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

The most interesting thing I learned about "The History of Logging in Newfoundland Labrador" is that I come from a long line of Canadians who have a first hand account, connection and understanding of The Canadian Forest Industry, especially in Newfoundland Labrador. Hearing about the hardships of loggers in the woods camp, their long hours and little pay, made me realize how important it is to pay tribute to their legacy. Folk songs are an important part of our Canadian heritage.

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

As we celebrate the 150 mark in our country's history, it is as important to look back, as it is to look forward. Having a connection and understanding the history of our resources will help us to protect them for many years to come. In recent years, Canadian Forest Industry products have contributed 8-10% to Canada's manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP.)

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

Loggers worked very long hours under very poor conditions with little pay. If loggers got wet on the drive there was no way to dry out until they returned to camp. I go to school, eat a hot lunch, attend my after school activities, go home, do my homework and get into a warm bed. My Great Uncle Felix was just two years older than me when he went into the woods to become a logger, and after all of my research and interviews, I honestly don't know how my life compares to a logger, maybe there should be a "Loggers School" for Millennials.

  • Doris Cowley

    You've done a wonderful job, Elizabeth. A superb tribute to your great uncle and to the industry.
    12/06/2017 12:34:43 PM

  • Ruby Butt

    12/06/2017 12:02:57 PM

  • Greta Parsons

    Great job Elizabeth.Grandma loves you.
    12/06/2017 10:06:08 AM

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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.