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Students engage in history at heritage fair

By Don Fennell

Published 2:26 PDT, Wed May 8, 2019

Canada’s diverse history comes alive each spring during the annual Richmond Regional Heritage Fair.

This year’s 17th annual convocation—on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre—explores the past from the perspective of the next generation. Richmond students share their unique insights into Canadian culture through historic events, places and people—from the Gold Rush to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery to Wayne Gretzky.

Visitors are also welcome to participate in free, family-friendly activities such as guessing mystery artefacts to acting out scenes from local history.

Last year, four Richmond students earned tickets to the provincial fair held in Squamish.

Christi, a Grade 7 student from Cornerstone Christian Academy, was lauded for her project on Marina Nemat: ‘I live to testify.’ Truth or Lie?

Christi said she chose the topic because she “was inspired by Nemat’s bravery, strength and courage to stand up for what she believed in.”

“I also wanted to use this project to advocate for human rights as well, as it is a topic I feel very strongly about,” Christi explained.

Fellow Cornerstone Christian Academy student Colin, also in Grade 7, received high marks for his project on Nunavut—A Treasury in Canada.

“I found it interesting that Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory. I also wanted to find out why it separated from the Northwest Territories,” he said.

Nicholas, a Grade 6 student at Whiteside Elementary, was inspired to do a project titled Une Goutte de Sang Royal after his dad learned the family was related to 12 kings and five emporers including Charlemagne and Catherine de Baillon.

Shreyanshi, a Grade 6 student at Diefenbaker Elementary, submitted a project of the Canadian walkie-talkie.

“I wanted to learn about something that impacts our lives currently, and my family and I used walkie-talkies when we go hiking or camping,” Shreyanshi said. “As this Canadian invention continues to have a humongous impact on our daily lives, I felt that it is important for people to know about this…and feel proud of this valuable invention.”

The 2019 fair will conclude with a closing ceremony in the Performance Hall of the Richmond Cultural Centre from 2 to 3 p.m. where students will receive awards for outstanding projects. Three students will be selected to represent Richmond at the provincial fair, which this year is scheduled to be held in Victoria later this spring.

Local schools participating in this year’s Richmond heritage fair are: Cambie Secondary, Cornerstone Christian Academy, École des Navigateurs, General Currie Elementary, Gilmore Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, James Whiteside Elementary, Jessie Wowk Elementary, McMath Secondary, McRoberts Secondary, Pacific Rim Montessori and Westwind Elementary.

The Richmond Regional Heritage Fair is sponsored by the Richmond Museum Society, BC Heritage Fairs Society, Richmond School District, Richmond Heritage Commission and the BC Arts Council. The Heritage Fair program is a bilingual, educational initiative that aims to encourage students to explore Canadian history and heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. Each year, thousands of students participate in Heritage Fairs across the country.

The Richmond Cultural Centre is located at 7700 Minoru Place. For more information on the Richmond Regional Heritage Fair, click.

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