Ottawa, October 22, 2012 – Minister Kenney led local students in a quiz show competition against Parliamentary Press Gallery members Kady O’Malley and Laura Payton at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In celebration of its Canadian Citizenship Challenge, The Historica-Dominion Institute invited the CBC Inside Politics journalists to match wits with students from Immaculata High School on questions taken from the Discover Canada guide Canada's newcomers use to study for their citizenship test. Minister Kenney awarded prizes to the students, winners of the 3rd annual competition.
“Discover Canada is an excellent source for both newcomers and established Canadians to find out more about our history and the pioneers that helped to build this great country,” said Minister Kenney. “It is heart-warming to see the young people at this event so engaged and eager to learn about our country’s history.”
Attendees were also treated to The Historica-Dominion Institute’s newest Heritage Minute commemorating Black Loyalist Richard Pierpoint, which first premiered last week in Toronto.
“The Canadian Citizenship Challenge is a fun and interactive way to help strengthen students’ understanding of the rights and responsibilities essential to active citizenship,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, today’s MC and President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “I am thrilled to be taking part in this unique event, celebrating the Challenge and showcasing the importance of youth civic engagement.”
The Canadian Citizenship Challenge asks youth, from grade 7 to 12, to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. Visit www.canadiancitizenshipchallenge.ca.
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.
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