Manitoba’s own Sebastien S., a student at the Red River Valley Junior Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba chose to do his Red River Heritage Fair project on “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote”. The project talks about the history behind women’s suffrage, who led the cause and how it impacted today’s world.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was how empowered women truly are and how their stern belief in equality got them to make a change in Canada.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I have learned that anyone can make a difference despite your gender, race, or age.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
My life today is different from those I studied in my project because today’s society has evolved into a more accepting society. Women have slowly been able to have the same rights and opportunity as men and i hope it continues to do so.
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 the Young Citizens program make a short video about their heritage fair topic, much like an evening news report or short documentary. The student videos are posted online and reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Youth Forum.