Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Olivia Marshfield, Prince Edward Island

Fair address: Prince Edward Island Provincial Fair

Project: L’immigration Chinoise au Canada

My project is about life for Chinese immigrants in Canada a long time ago, how it has improved since, and how it is still improving today.

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

I have learned that there is a darker past to Canada, and not only the happy one we know. I think that if every Canadian knows the whole story about Canada, that we can learn from our past mistakes and make sure that we don't make them again so that our bad history does not repeat itself.

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

While researching some information for my project, I was extremely shocked to discover how terribly Chinese immigrants in Canada were treated. I would never have imagined that we would treat anyone in such a discriminatory fashion. In all of Canadian history, the Chinese were the only people to have been completely banned from entering Canada.

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

I would compare my life to those I studied, as being so much easier and overall just a better quality of life, because I am welcome here and I am treated equally. On the other hand,early Chinese immigrants to Canada where given the worst and most dangerous jobs for less pay and were not welcomed here.

  • Anita

    Good lessons to remember! Informative!
    07/07/2017 7:42:35 AM

  • Max MacIsaac (Young Citizen)

    Good project Olivia! I enjoyed watching your video!
    05/07/2017 9:55:45 PM

  • Candace

    30/06/2017 11:06:43 AM

  • Bethany

    Great job, Olivia. I loved watching your video.
    17/06/2017 4:54:01 AM

  • Fiona

    EXCELLENT !!!!!
    16/06/2017 4:31:59 PM

  • Fiona

    16/06/2017 4:30:38 PM

  • Ferne Halman

    You are a great Canadian Olivia. This is the second wonderful speech I have heard you do.
    14/06/2017 9:25:58 AM

  • Linda Lu

    Terrific! Olivia!
    13/06/2017 9:21:49 PM

  • Jane

    Good girl! You are the envoy between China and Canada.
    13/06/2017 8:41:20 PM

  • Teresa Zhang

    Very wonderful with a lot of information on Chinese immigrants.Go for it! Good girl.
    13/06/2017 8:06:01 PM

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