Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Daniel Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: The Canadian Conflict: The War of 1812

The War of 1812, a conflict that lasted from 1812 to 1814, saw the only war in all of history between Canada and America. In this video, learn about the battles of the war, the people who fought in it, and the outcome.

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

The most interesting thing I learnt was how though the War of 1812 still has remnants and history in Canada, not all commemorates such bloodshed, but also friendship and peace. Firstly, my school is named after Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813), a Native American tribal chief who greatly contributed to helping the British and Canadians defend Canada. He fought bravely during the war and, unlike his enemy's generals, was often seen on the front line, brandishing a Tomahawk. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Thames in 1813. My school was opened in his honor in the year 1912, and would you believe it? It was opened in the year a century after the war started! What a coincidence! After I learnt that, I felt more proud that I go to a school named after one of the greatest Native Americans in all of history. I believe that my school reflects his steadfast, honorable beliefs by showing his spirit through our school motto, RISE: Respect, Improve, Safety and Encourage. Tecumseh certainly was or did all of these things, and I think this establishment would have made him proud. I also learnt that a historical marker for the war was not too far from where I lived: the Peace Arch Monument, made to commemorate the Treaty of Ghent that ended the war. The metaphorical "gates" have been open from 1814 until now.

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

I have learned about how the war could have been prevented, how pleonexia for land shaped the war, how politicians could influence a nation to go to war, and how we must never have another war with America again, or the many deaths on both sides would have been for naught. Everyone should know this.

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

I would say, quite obviously, that the lives of the people who fought, or lived during the war were much harder. You had no guarantee of food or water the next day if you were a settler, you had to fight the enemy (and that already puts one in a lot of danger) if you were a soldier, any wounds sustained could easily be infected, and many Native Americans were not happy with Americans in their territory, which led to people getting hurt, killed, or scalped. Meanwhile, in the 21st century, we can be picky eaters, play video games where you have power-ups and ridiculously powerful weapons that can obliterate the enemy, have doctors easily cleanse your wounds, and take it all for granted. Not to mention peace. The people of 21st century North America live in peace, and that includes me and you.

  • Jacky Y.

    I like how you care about the relationship between these two countries. In my opinion, the leaders of the USA and Canada need to be aware of how we must always be friends instead of bitter enemies just because of economical differences. Happy Canada Day to you.
    25/06/2019 10:36:36 PM

  • Christine Manzer

    Daniel, your use of the printed words as you spoke was a good idea. You understand your topic very well.
    24/06/2019 10:26:46 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.