Minister Jason Kenney celebrates Citizenship Week with a special version of “Are you Smarter than a 10th Grader?” as part of The Historica-Dominion Institute's Canadian Citizenship Challenge.

October 19, 2010

Quiz show format pits Ottawa-area students against seasoned members of the parliamentary press gallery.

October 19, 2010 – An interactive game-show styled event was held in the Grand Hall of The Canadian Museum of Civilization this morning, in celebration of Citizenship Week. The Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, played host in this activity which saw two classrooms of Grade 10 students from Immaculatta High School match wits against press gallery members David Akin of Sun Media, and Kady O’Malley of the CBC on questions related to Canadian citizenship and history.

“Do journalists with major media outlets know more about Canada than the average Grade 10 Civics student? Do they know more about our country than we expect the average immigrant applying for Canadian citizenship to know? That's what this game-show style competition sets out to answer,” said Minister Kenney. “We believe it is essential for all Canadians to know about our great country's history, as well as its historically-grounded political institutions."

The series of 10 questions were based on information in the Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship Study Guide, and featured clips from the renowned Heritage Minute series.

This event was offered as part of the Institute’s Canadian Citizenship Challenge, a program that invites high school students across Canada to take a mock citizenship quiz after studying the Canadian Citizenship Guide. New Canadians have to pass a Citizenship Exam in order to become Canadian citizens and the Institute would like to encourage all Canadians to be able to answer questions our country’s history, rights and symbols. Visit www.canadiancitzenshipchallenge.ca.

“The Institute believes that schools have a responsibility to prepare students to be the citizens of tomorrow”, says Marc Chalifoux, Executive Vice-President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “The Canadian Citizenship Challenge is a fun and interactive way to help strengthen students’ understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.”

The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Visit www.historica-dominion.ca.

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For more information:

Amy Marlene Robichaud-Harpe
Program Coordinator, Civics
416-506-1867 x 229
(c) 905-867-7678
arharpe@historica-dominion.ca