Canada’s National History Society is proud to introduce #OurStoriesOurVoices, a new national youth program that gives students aged 9 to 18 the opportunity to explore a story that is important in their community’s past and share it with Canadians across the country through social media, an online contest, a virtual youth forum, and a special publication.

This program is designed for students who may already be familiar with Heritage Fairs/Young Citizens or are being introduced to historical inquiry for the first time. Students are encouraged to further share, connect, and explore their stories online using the hashtags #OurStoriesOurVoices / #NosHistoiresNosVoix throughout 2021.

Ahead of the national contest, teachers are invited to bring #OurStoriesourVoices into their classrooms with resources to bolster students’ abilities to establish historical significance and use primary source evidence. Teachers can register online to receive a free digital pre-contest educators’ package. This guide gives access to promotional materials, classroom resources, and details about the #OurStoriesOurVoices contest. Teachers who register will also be mailed a free poster to display in their classroom.

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