Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Brandon Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair


My project is on CPAWS, which is Canada's only non-profit charity solely dedicated to the protection of parks and wilderness. CPAWS was formed in 1963 and has been working towards protecting at least half of Canada's public land and water ever since. How do they help though? CPAWS has different "chapters" all across Canada. Each chapter works to protect parks, land, and water in their territory or province (one chapter per province/territory). In addition, CPAWS educates the public at fairs, events, and schools to inform people about the importance of nature and why we need to act NOW (for example, Canada is home to a quarter of the world's remaining 'wild' forests, and with climate change and rapid population growth it is crucial that we protect them). CPAWS also helps animals, some of which include caribou in British Columbia and bears in Alberta.

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

The most interesting thing I learned was that CPAWS was formed because of only one person: Alvin Hamilton. A group of young nature enthusiasts heard about Hamilton and how he won a protest against hosting the Olympics in Banff National Park because that wasn't the purpose of the park. These young enthusiasts were inspired by that and now try to be like Hamilton too.

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

Heritage isn't only about the past, but also about the future, what we can protect, and what is important and significant to us and our country, such as parks and nature.

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

CPAWS staff have to work very hard daily to protect and maintain the well-being of parks and nature across Canada, while I have to work very hard daily to complete and do a good job of homework. My life right now is nice and calm, but the staff at CPAWS have to face challenges and struggles every day to not only satisfy the lives of animals and parks, but also the lives of Canadian citizens.

  • Amy Lee

    Nice presentation, Brandon. Yes yes. we need to protect the future. Thanks for the information. The lego is cute
    29/06/2019 10:31:56 AM

  • Dee

    Great presentation and the information is detailed and entertaining. Great job Brandon!
    21/06/2019 7:57:10 AM

  • Megan

    Good job! It was a wonderful video and lots of interesting parts in it too!
    20/06/2019 7:47:57 PM

  • Pete Pang

    Knowing the past is a lesson for us to reflect on our future. Nice job.
    19/06/2019 3:50:41 PM

  • Cecelia L

    Wonderfully researched and presented Brandon! It's great to have so many people care about our parks and nature.
    18/06/2019 2:56:02 PM

  • Jeanne Lee

    Great work! Like the part about "Heritage isn't only about the past, but it is also about the future...."
    18/06/2019 2:40:43 PM

  • Katherine Mak

    our future need to have this young generation to taking care. Good works and keep it up!! Thanks
    17/06/2019 7:18:37 PM

  • Anna Xia

    The animation is amazing. Yes, our animals should live with us happily together.
    17/06/2019 5:21:02 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.