Student submissions from across Canada were entered into the junior and senior categories of the War of 1812 Writing and Arts Challenge. Students were asked to submit an essay or artistic piece inspired by the War of 1812. The first place winners of the senior art and writing categories were flown from their homes to take part in a 3 day cultural visit to Toronto. Zoe Kendel from Shellbrook, SK in grade 11 and Gahwi Woo from Victoria, BC in grade 10, were presented with their prizes at the ceremony during the Thursday evening event at the gallery of the well-known Canadian artist, Charles Pachter.
Three winners from each category were selected by a noted panel of judges from Canada’s writing and arts community including the Canadian writer Tanis Rideout, First Nations artist Shelley Niro, Mohawk language expert Brian Maracle, and military painter Scott Waters.
“Each of the submissions reflects impressive knowledge about the way the War of 1812 marked a turning point in Canadian history,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of Historica Canada. “Our 1812 commemorative program has aimed to reflect the wide range of perspectives and influences of that period. The students who took part achieved that – to the benefit of everyone.”
With the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Canada commemorated a conflict that set it on the path toward nationhood. Historica Canada created a suite of four free education guides, and two Heritage Minutes with accompanying learning tools and hosted two national, bilingual competitions: Make Your own Heritage Minute and the War of 1812 Writing and Arts Challenge. The War of 1812 Program was made possible by the generous support of TD and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Historica Canada is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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