Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Kevin Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: A Tale of Two Towns

I wanted to find out how the social demographics of settlers and the economy affect the development of towns on the Canadian west coast circa 1900. I used Steveston and Duncan as case studies.

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

Immigrants bring their love of sports with them. Two great examples are the Duncan Lawn Tennis Club, which is the second oldest in the world after Wimbledon, and the Duncan cricket team, so good that the Australian National Team stopped to have a match with them.

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

Social demographics and economies radically change town development; a diverse economy and welcoming immigration policies are very important for promoting sustained growth.

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

My life is much easier. Early settlers had to worry about floods, droughts, fires, disease, how to get food and water, how they would be able to raise their children, and had to work long hours almost every day. I have a guaranteed education, live comfortably without risk of running out of food, have the ability to drink potable water freely, and have universal medical care.

  • Henry Pursey

    Great video, good luck!
    19/06/2018 3:59:19 PM

  • Marcel Peplow

    Great job little guy!
    18/06/2018 1:10:42 AM

  • James

    Awesome stuff Kevin! well researched and clearly presented. A wonderful tour of local Canadian history. =)
    17/06/2018 11:49:43 AM

  • Lawrie hill

    Great job Kevin! Very informative! Congratulations on all your effort with this project!
    16/06/2018 4:16:20 PM

  • Brian

    Good editing
    15/06/2018 9:39:46 PM

  • Michael Park

    What a thoughtful and well-researched comparison of these two towns. Now I'm interested to hear about how Steveston made the transition back from a ghost town into the tourism centre of present day.
    15/06/2018 2:34:45 AM

  • Becky Butchart

    Clear presentation and thoroughly researched. I learned something new! Well done.
    13/06/2018 3:11:12 PM

  • graeme haberfield

    Amazing knowledge and command of English
    13/06/2018 12:58:54 PM

  • Veronica light

    It’s also interesting the role that war played in the development of these two cities. Good job!
    12/06/2018 10:38:21 PM

  • Amanda Cantelon

    Great Critical Question! Very illuminating lens on this point in history. I appreciated the attention paid to role that racial inequalities played in the fate of these towns. I am curious if the indigenous population in Duncan played a historical role in the development of the town.
    12/06/2018 4:58:33 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.