Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 09, 2009 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the National Historica Fair

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 9, 2009) - Weeks of work by young people across Canada culminated today at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, where 100 students aged 10 to 15 showcased their history projects at the 15th National Historica Fair. This event challenges young people to create projects that tell stories of Canadian heroes, legends, milestones, and achievements.

On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans) viewed the projects firsthand and met with some of the students who created them.

"Historica has undertaken the important task of making Canada's history interesting and relevant to young people," said Minister Moore. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Historica Foundation in this unique program, which helps instill a strong attachment to Canada by learning about our common history-enriched by its cultural diversity and multiple perspectives-and by making connections between past and present."

"What we are celebrating today is the creative, innovative work done by these young Canadians, which demonstrates their knowledge of the diversity and uniqueness of our shared heritage," said Mr. Galipeau. "The Government of Canada is proud to support their participation in the 2009 Historica National Fair."

"The Historica Foundation is grateful for the generous support of the Government of Canada through Exchanges Canada, which allows us to bring students together from every province and territory across Canada for an adventure in history," said Avie Bennett, Chair of the Historica Foundation. "The Fairs program encourages Canadian youth to develop an appreciation for Canadian history by telling the stories of Canada's heroes, Canada's icons, and great Canadian achievements, as well as researching their own family's background."

The Historica National Fairs Program is a community-based, bilingual, educational initiative that provides an opportunity for students aged 10 to 15 in primary and secondary schools to explore any aspect of Canadian heritage and history in a dynamic and captivating learning environment. Students are encouraged to use a medium of their choice to tell stories and share information, and then present the results of their research at public exhibition.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $135,000 through the Exchanges Canada initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information about Exchanges Canada, visit www.exchanges.gc.ca.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155