June 4, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Six New Brunswick students will be leaving Fredericton on July 7 to attend the 2009 National Histor!ca Heritage Fair in Ottawa.
Those students are:
"Heritage fairs provide a unique opportunity for students to learn more about their past and connect with their community," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "When our youth are familiar with the history of our province, they will be better able to help move the province toward a future of self-sufficiency."
The Histor!ca Heritage Fair is a nationwide educational project to increase interest in Canadian history. From July 7 to 13, 106 students representing all of the provinces and territories will participate in heritage activities.
"I congratulate all members of the New Brunswick delegation, and I encourage them to make the most of this opportunity to learn more about our country's past and to share with new friends from across the country," said Albert.
The New Brunswick delegation was chosen through a judging process that took place during New Brunswick's Provincial Heritage Fair, held in Fredericton May 22-24.
During the provincial fair, 16 student representatives from each school district participated in a heritage weekend, which included a sleep-over at Kings Landing Historical Settlement as well as genealogy and art workshops at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
As part of a ceremony on May 23, Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson presented each student with a special provincial medal and a book.
Alumni student Rachel VanWart, of St. Malachy's Memorial High School in Saint John, was on hand as a student journalist to document the activities.
The national heritage fair is organized by Histor!ca with sponsorship by the HBC Company; the RBC Foundation; Canadian National; and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation.
New Brunswick's heritage fair is an initiative of the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport that involves 139 schools and about 60,000 students in all 14 school districts. Provincial partners include Canada's Historic Places Initiative; the departments of Education and Intergovernmental Affairs; the New Brunswick Museum; the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women; the Council of Archives of New Brunswick; the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of New Brunswick; and the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.
The 16 provincial heritage fair projects will remain on display at the Provincial Archives until Thursday, June 11. More information on the students and their projects is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.