VANCOUVER—October 19, 2012— In celebration of the launch of the first new Heritage Minutes in nearly a decade The Historica-Dominion Institute was joined by the Honourable James Moore to host an interactive quiz show based on favourite and new Heritage Minutes with students at Vancouver’s Stratford Hall. The Minister led students in trivia questions based on each historical moment and awarded prizes. Students also acted out their own favourite moments in history in Heritage Minute skits.
The Historica-Dominion Institute has created two new Heritage Minutes about the War of 1812 with funding from the Government of Canada. Both new Minutes were produced by the creative team at Fifth Town Films.
The first new Minute tells the story of Richard Pierpoint, a formerly enslaved Black Loyalist who at age 68, petitioned to fight in an all-Black unit during the War of 1812. A second new Minute, about the contribution of John Norton and Grand River warriors at the Battle of Queenston Heights, will be released in June, 2013.
“We’re thrilled to be launching the first new Heritage Minutes in seven years with these remarkable, and lesser-known stories from an essential period in our country’s history,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We feel that the Minutes truly are ‘a part of our Heritage’ and we want Canadians to tell us what the future of this celebrated series should look like.”
With the launch of a new chapter of Minute-making, The Historica-Dominion Institute commissioned a public opinion poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, to determine the top Minutes from the past 20 years, as well as measure attitudes on the series and Canadians’ picks for topics and makers of future Minutes. Overall, Six in ten Canadians strongly agree that the Minutes are a good way to teach our history (63%) and are important storytelling vehicles (60%). Full poll results are available here.
The new Heritage Minutes are made possible with the support of the Government of Canada.
The Historica-Dominion Institute 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. Visit www.historica-dominion.ca.
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