Two Manitoba students were in Ottawa Monday morning as part of the Governor General’s History Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall, where they were awarded for their contributions to a national video contest aimed at promoting Canada’s history.
Kristin Smith, a 12-year old student at Balmoral Hall, and Sierra Friesen, a Linden Christian School student, attended the ceremony during which their videos were showcased at the National History Forum.
Kristin won for her video, Ribbon of Steel: Building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, while Sierra was awarded for her film, Emily Murphy, which explored Murphy’s role in advancing women’s rights in Canada.
The inargural contest encouraged students in grades 4-11 to explore an aspect of Canadian history through recording a short digital documentary.
"We proudly support Canada’s History Society to help recognize and inspire young minds to take a leadership role as we all work to build stronger communities together," said Jan Belanger, assistant vice-president, community affairs, for Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, in a statement.
"In sponsoring the young citizens of this program, we’re pleased to give them the opportunity to think and express themselves creatively while connecting others to the history in their communities."
Tommy Starr of Camperville, Man., will be awarded at the ceremony for his contribution to the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge.