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.

  • gord johnson

    oops, forgot to add my name to my last comment
    01/07/2019 12:01:43 AM

  • gord johnson

    Having grown up in the area, I've visited Bannock point petroforms for over 50 yrs. It is GREAT that Alex is bringing it to the attention of the public. It is young men like this are the future of Canada. Well done Alex. Keep up the good work.
    30/06/2019 11:59:40 PM

  • Lynn LeRoy

    Excellent presentation! I hope you get chosen! Good luck!
    28/06/2019 9:15:59 PM

  • Millie C

    Now I know! Great work Alex!!
    28/06/2019 2:01:22 AM

  • Hannah

    Congrats Alex!!
    28/06/2019 12:40:50 AM

  • Don Carlson

    Very informative video.
    27/06/2019 9:56:08 PM

  • Gloria Cooper

    Well researched , Alex . I can tell that you enjoyed your project by the time and effort you put into presenting it for the competitions you won as well as the video. I’m certain many people will be exploring the interesting historical site that you shared . Thank you.
    27/06/2019 8:09:18 PM

  • Jamye

    Great job, Alex! :)
    27/06/2019 6:22:51 PM

  • Stacey Kay

    Love your video Alex! You have touched so many with your kind soul and respectful telling of this important story. I hope you make it to Ottawa. You deserve it!
    27/06/2019 2:35:22 AM

  • Jeanette Dafoe

    Well researched and beautifully presented! It’s so wonderful to see how proud you are to share this incredible story of such a special area! I can see why the metro paper did a beautiful article about you and your project! Well done!
    27/06/2019 2:00:14 AM

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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.