Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Alex Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: Petroforms Ageless and Sacred

My project explores the rich history of the Bannock Point Petroform Heritage site located in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial park. Petroform’s are rocks that where placed on flat bedrock in the shapes of snakes, turtles, and geometric forms. They are considered sacred places that are still used today for ceremonies, worship, and teaching.

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

The most interesting thing that I have learnt was that these Petroforms have been around for thousands of years and how spiritual and significant they still are today.

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

The most important thing that I have learnt is about the spirit of the indigenous culture and how, together, we should all use the sacred teachings in our daily life. Love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth.

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

Life is much easier today than centuries ago when the Petroform site was created. The people then had to struggle much harder for survival. Some of their challenges where the building of shelters against the elements, hunting for food and clothing, and gathering berries and plants for medicinal purposes. Today I am fortunate to have these things readily available to me.

  • Ray Ngo

    What a touching and thoughtful video. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it multiple times. So wonderful to see this young citizen capture the spirit of this beautiful heritage site! Great job Alex!
    15/06/2019 1:23:06 AM

  • Mike bell

    Alex I really enjoyed your video! it’s wonderful to see how much you have put into researching this area. I have watched it several times and you have my vote! You deserve to go all the way!
    15/06/2019 12:16:17 AM

  • Katie martin

    Great job Alex! Should be so proud of yourself!!
    15/06/2019 12:04:15 AM

  • Karyn

    Great job
    14/06/2019 11:41:23 PM

  • Rohan R Singh

    I really enjoyed your video. Presented well and so much information! Great job!!
    14/06/2019 10:21:45 PM

  • Luke Chafe

    Really great video!! Loved it, very well spoken.
    14/06/2019 8:33:46 PM

  • Joey

    Great video! Very informative.
    14/06/2019 8:26:21 PM

  • Toby

    Great video! I Know much about this at all, great info.
    14/06/2019 8:16:05 PM

  • Timon

    Excellent job Alex I really enjoyed your video!
    14/06/2019 8:07:25 PM

  • Jason

    Great presentation with so much interesting information. Great research and reported beautifully!
    14/06/2019 3:28:24 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.