Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Cole Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: How Streetcars Shaped Winnipeg

A look into the development of transportation in Winnipeg in an era defined by progress and prosperity.

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

The first entrepreneurs who came to Winnipeg were especially interesting to me. Anything was possible in Canada in the late 19th century, and the relatively young entrepreneurs like Albert Austin whose dreams laid a foundation for today's Canada are an inspiration for me.

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

I've learned that things we take for granted, like our transpiration system, shape Canada in more ways that we might expect.

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

Working a minimum wage job has certainly changed. Before the days of workers rights and unions, the first horsecar drivers worked 10 hour days in the grueling cold. The comparison between working 100 years ago and working today is certainly a striking one, and we can thank people like the streetcar drivers for their advocacy for worker's rights.

  • Doreen Poersch

    I remember riding the street cars when I was a girl. Cole, you did a great job of capturing the history of those times!.
    16/06/2018 6:17:36 PM

  • B J Osiowy

    The documentary brought back a lot of memories of the dynamic past and reflects the social changes which have taken place in the time interval.
    16/06/2018 6:01:07 PM

  • Norval Campbell

    really enjoyed all the archive video and photos
    16/06/2018 5:50:52 PM

  • Nancy Boileau

    I remember approximately 67 years ago, riding with my Mom and Dad the streetcar that went down Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. We we going to church and it was very exciting for me. I love to hear when students have an interest in things that were so important for us but has since become a part of the past. Good for you Cole !
    16/06/2018 5:18:37 PM

  • Jonah Dueck

    This is phenomenal, i am truly informed about winnipeg’s heritage.
    15/06/2018 10:41:03 PM

  • Ben loewen

    i never would have thought street cars were such a commonality back then, i have always thought about them being in places in Europe.
    15/06/2018 10:33:26 PM

  • Neil Poersch

    I found especially interesting that early streetcar service providers found it necessary to build their own electric generating station indicating the lack of infrastructure in the city
    15/06/2018 10:09:09 PM

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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.