Ottawa, ON – October 15, 2015 – Historica Canada celebrated Citizenship Week by reflecting on Great Canadians with historian and writer Charlotte Gray. Citizenship Week takes place from October 12th to 18th and encourages Canadians to reflect on their country’s history and identity.
The event, hosted by the Citizenship Challenge took place at the Chateau Laurier where 82 youth from all across Canada gathered to hear Charlotte Gray share her insights on Canadian identity and great Canadians.
"I think we all love to engage with our history through the stories of extraordinary Canadians -- hockey players, artists, entrepreneurs, activists. Each story gives us a glimpse into this country's diversity, while underlining the collective will to make it work," Gray said.
Students then participated in a bingo game, where they answered questions about Great Canadians such as Sir John A. Macdonald, Clara Hughes and Michaëlle Jean. Four Encounters With Canada youth won the Great Canadian bingo game, including Taylor Morrey of North Vancouver, BC, Eliza Moore of Calgary, AB, Brendon Hutchinson of Kamloops, BC, and Hayley Jones of Mission, BC. The five winners were given a prize pack which includes a set of Heritage Minutes.
“One of the most important things we do is to try to engage with students from across Canada in a way that makes them more aware of our shared history,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO of Historica Canada. “We believe that reflecting on some Great Canadians will teach and inspire them to become more active, engaged citizens.”
The Citizenship Challenge asks Canadians to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a mock citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. The program is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit historicacanada.ca.
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