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    Online Voting open until July 6, 2016 for Young Citizens Award projects.

    Every year at the southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair, students are chosen to represent our area in the Young Citizens project. For this project, these aspiring historians are asked to create a video about their history project. Once completed the videos and students are entered into a competition to win a trip to Ottawa to participate in the History Forum.

    This year six students from across southern Alberta are competing in the Young Citizens project and they need your help. This year’s participants are:

    • Iqmat Iyiola, Medicine Hat, CAPE School, Project:  Immigration in Canada
    • Kennedy Manson, Lethbridge, Ecole Agnes Davidson School, Project:  Frank Slide Story Explained
    • Manahil Ahmed, Medicine Hat, CAPE School, Project:  Marc Garneau
    • Mmeso Ifebuzor, Milk River, Milk River School, Project:  James Naismith
    • Ryker Bruised Head, Lethbridge, Children of St. Martha Elementary, History of the Indian Cowboy
    • Sidney Wolff, Orton, F.P. Walshe School, Corner Gas:  Canada’s Best Comedy

    “I encourage everyone to get out and vote and support these students. The projects are incredibly well done and show the wonderful history work that students in schools across southern Alberta are doing. This is due to the great work of the students but also couldn’t be done without the support and mentorship of teachers and parents” says Galt Museum & Archives Educator, Belinda Crowson.

    Please vote for your favourite video in the Young Citizens competition. Watch and then vote for your choice here:

    http://www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Find-a-Young-Citizen.aspx?province=&fairid=7833&year=2016&name=

    Voting closes on July 6, 2016.

    The Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair provides a chance for Grade 4-9 students from across southern Alberta to take any topic in Canadian history that interests them, discover more about it and then share it with others, including judges and the public. Participating schools representing six communities participated in the 20th annual fair: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Milk River, and Fort Macleod.

    The Young Citizens program focuses on citizenship and is a complementary component to Heritage Fairs, an annual event where students present the results of their research on Canadian heroes, legends and key events in Canadian history. Participants in Young Citizens make a short video about their heritage fair topic, much like an evening news report or short documentary. The student videos are posted online where family and friends can view and share the videos. The videos are reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum.

    Canada’s History, whose mission is to make the discovery of Canada’s past relevant, engaging, empowering and accessible to all Canadians, is one of two national charities devoted to the field of public history and the only one with a broad national membership base. It publishes Canada’s History Magazine (formerly The Beaver) and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. Its national awards and recognition programs celebrate the exemplary efforts of others working to preserve, promote and popularize Canadian history.

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