Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Nicole Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Fair address: Saskatoon Regional Saskatchewan Youth Heritage Fair

Project: How I came to be Canadian

My project explores my own ancestral roots. It traces the four patterns of migration of my ancestors and explains the factors that brought them to Canada. It explores the concept of immigration both past and present.

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

I've learned a lot about the parallels between past and current day immigration. It has helped me see one topic from many different viewpoints and to see present day immigrants in a different light. They could have been my own relatives 100 or 200 years ago.

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

It was very interesting to learn about my ancestors, some dating all the way back to the 1500s. I learned about all the varied places that my ancestors came from and all the different backgrounds that I have.

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

Life is a lot different now than it was a hundred years ago (it`s 2017!) and people take for granted what they have. The people in my project faced a lot of challenges that I don`t have to deal with, such as war and poverty. Canada offered them new opportunities and also offers opportunities to me today.

  • Emily H - young citizen

    Great job! Your family history is very interesting.
    07/07/2017 4:45:23 PM

  • Larisa

    Great presentation! Very informative!
    28/06/2017 8:23:31 PM

  • Eryn Kielo

    Wonderful Job Nicole. Your video was very eye opening and informative. You seemed very comfortable in front of the camera and your transitions were very smooth. I learned lots and wish you the best of luck.
    28/06/2017 8:07:53 PM

  • Kim

    Excellent presentation. A+ for creativity, visuals, and narrative. In such a brief presentation, you were able to capture how important immigration has been and continues to be for Canada.
    20/06/2017 5:02:47 PM

  • Irene

    VERY well done. This took a lot of research I'm sure. You made it concise and very interesting.
    19/06/2017 1:00:34 PM

  • Kim

    I loved watching this Nicole! I wanted to learn more!!
    18/06/2017 2:00:41 AM

  • Margaret

    Super good job Nicole. I agree that our heritage helps us to understand and identify with today's refugees. I owe a huge debt to my ancestors.
    17/06/2017 3:37:42 PM

  • Ed

    My family we loyalists who immigrated from the US to Canada. The other side came from Germany.
    17/06/2017 3:32:35 PM

  • Lori

    I like the upbeat music and fast pace and how you intertwined all this stuff to bring us up to the present. Great photos!
    15/06/2017 7:09:56 PM

  • Karl

    I like the way you brought out diversity in our culture
    14/06/2017 7:03:43 PM

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Lacombe, Alberta


DSL Saint-Léonard, New Brunswick


Vancouver, British Columbia

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.