Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Madison Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Fair address: Yellowknife Regional Learning Fair

Project: Immigration in Canada

People choose to immigrate to Canada for many reasons. Some being looking for a better life, better schooling, because of famine, war and persecution in their home countries. I have a rich family history tied to immigration. Both my great great grandfather and my great grandparents immigrated to Canada.

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

I have learned why people chose to immigrate in the past , especially why the people in my family chose to make Canada their home. I have also learned why immigration is still important today. Our county is made better by the cultures and people who chose to immigrate and make Canada their home. I have learned how long the process can be to immigrate to Canada.

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

Learning about my families immigration stories was really interesting. My great great grandfather chose to learn to lose his irish accent because he knew he would more likely get work in Canada without it.

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

I am very lucky to live in a country like Canada. I am proud that my family decided to immigrate to Canada and become Canadians. My life is pretty good compared to a lot of the people who are immigrating to Canada today. I hope that their future generations feel as lucky as I do about their choices to immigrate.

  • Helen

    Super presentation Madi! Looks like you had fun while sending an important message.
    10/07/2017 9:02:24 AM

  • Max MacIsaac (Young Citizen)

    What a great family you have! I really liked watching your video. Great re-enactment!
    05/07/2017 10:39:42 PM

  • Ann McLean

    What a wonderful presentation! Excellent!
    04/07/2017 2:10:57 AM

  • Clare Coleman

    Great video Madison! Such an important topic for all Canadians to consider
    28/06/2017 4:23:19 PM

  • Heather

    I loved your video. I knew your great-great Grandpa Rowan. He made everyone feel welcome and it looks like he has passed that gift as well as the importance of welcoming people on to you. Well done!
    14/06/2017 1:09:12 AM

  • Your cousin Ryan's class

    Our class watched your video. It was great! We liked your use of primary documents and the re-enactments!
    13/06/2017 9:21:03 AM

  • Your cousin Ryan's class

    Our class watched your presentation and we loved your use of primary documents and the re-enactment. Excellent!
    13/06/2017 9:18:38 AM

  • Janelle

    Amazing video Madison!! Great message to welcome Canadians and be proud of our great legacy of immigration in Canada.
    13/06/2017 7:33:44 AM

  • John dorey

    Very well presented and heritage well portrayed
    13/06/2017 6:58:54 AM

  • Johnnie Bowden

    Great job Madi. Fascinating stories about your grandfather and your Great Oma, a wonderful story of courage, love, and adventure. Well written and great job in reenacting the journey on the video as well as with the research component. It is clear you are proud and understand what it means to be a Canadian. Bravo!
    13/06/2017 12:25:14 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.