Saskatchewan students from grade four to grade eight (or equivalent ages in the case of homeschooled students) are eligible to participate at the regional and provincial levels. Students in other grades may participate at their school fair.
Students are asked to research a topic pertaining to Canadian heritage, draft a written report (including bibliography), create a visual presentation (backboard, video, et cetera), and present their project findings to judges.
All Heritage Fair Projects
- Students may prepare projects as individuals or in partners. If selected for a Regional Heritage Fair, both partners should participate. Both partners, if further selected, would be invited to participate in the Provincial Heritage Fair. Students are discouraged from forming partnerships that would include students in ineligible grades (i.e. grade 3 or grade 9); however, should such a partnership occur, both partners remain eligible to participate at the Regional and Provincial levels.
- Groups of more than two students are not eligible, although groups may research a topic together and present separate projects. In such a case, students would work together but then be in competition with one another.
- Students must use ethical and responsible practices when researching and using information. Photographs must be properly credited. Any person or organization providing information included in a project, as well as electronic and print sources, must be acknowledged by students in a Works Cited page.
- Student are encouraged to use their own means of cultural expression to prepare and communicate stories about Canadian history (i.e.: create or interpret a character; write a sketch, poem, or song; create a short film), keeping in mind the time limit for presentation.
- Students may submit their project in either French or English (or both). If a student would like to use another language, this must be determined at the time of registration so that judges can be found for the respective Regional Heritage Fair. Vocabulary in any language can be included in a project.
- All submissions must be student-produced, although teachers or other adults may advise and assist students with their projects. Family members can assist in the production of models, etc., as long as the student is the primary builder.
- Teachers should verify the historical accuracy of projects, particularly those selected for the Regional Heritage Fairs.
- Projects can be about any topic relating to Saskatchewan or Canadian heritage.
- All projects must be presented in a respectful manner. Projects must not include profane or obscene material. Material meant purely to offend will not be tolerated.
- Projects must avoid racist and sexist material. We understand that many historical topics include issues that we would find offensive, racist, or sexist today. Obviously, it is recommended that students address these issues and study these topics! (i.e. residential schools, women's voting rights, the Battle of Batoche, internment camps, etc.) What students should avoid are the following: images and posters with caricatures/cartoons that depict women or any ethnic group negatively; offensive slogans that can be easily seen; and racial slurs (even presented in historical context). Students may use blank spaces or inoffensive symbols to depict offending words. The Regional Heritage Fair Committees and Heritage Saskatchewan reserve the right to cover any of the above so that while a student may use them in their presentation, the images or words would not be visible to the general public.
- Heritage Saskatchewan and the Regional Heritage Fair Committees are not responsible for the loss, theft or damage of projects or items associated with the projects.
- Projects must be suitable for table top display and their dimensions should not exceed a width of 4 feet (48 inches). At each level of the Heritage Fairs program, each project is allotted 4 feet of table space. Each space is also approximately three feet (36 inches) deep. Students may also use the space in front of their table, however, they and judges also need to be able to stand or sit comfortably within this space.
- Height of a project is up to the student, but all projects and props must be free-standing, as wall access is not guaranteed.
- Projects must be free-standing (no wall access), including all displays and backboards. Students are encouraged to be creative and construct models, et cetera; however, for display purposes, they are limited to 48" wide space. Students may bring free-standing coatracks, hatstands, or other display stands, as long as these fit within their allotted space.
- Students may add to their display by expanding downward, upward and forward (to a depth of three feet). Please keep in mind that the "depth of three feet" includes space for the student(s), judges, and visitors to stand or sit.
- Students selected for the Provincial Heritage Fair are encouraged to expand upon their projects. Some expansion suggestions include: embellish the display with further props and decorations; expand on props/models, conduct further research, incorporate photos or video from the school or Regional Fair into the display. If there are updates in current events pertaining to the topic, students are encouraged to add these into their presentation.
Additional suggestions for students
- Be creative! The Heritage Fair program is a chance for you to learn about something that interests you. If you are excited about your topic, other people will be interested too.
- Try to find out about your topic from primary sources. Primary sources are a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. There may be someone in your community who is an expert on your topic or has first hand information about it. Museums, local historical society, heritage groups are all good places to start.
- It is fine to ask your parents, teachers and other adults to help with your project, but be sure that you fully understand all of the information that you include. The work must be yours! You must be able to share the stories you have learned with judges and visitors at the Heritage Fair.
- Be prepared to answer questions about your project – not just about the facts, but also about your research experience, why you chose the topic, and how the topic relates to Canada.
- Show the high quality of your learning by using original work rather than copies of what other people have done. However, as you will need to reference the work of other people, you will need to give those people credit by including a Works Cited section in your project.
- Design your project so that you will be able to transport it easily to and from the Heritage Fair at your school. if you are chosen to attend a Regional Heritage Fair and/or the Provincial Heritage Fair, you may need to pack your project for transportation several times.
- Think twice about including valuable or irreplaceable items in your project. Instead, consider using photographs of expensive items and placing fragile objects under a glass or plastic cover for protection or create a model of the item (i.e. photocopy photographs and documents to be used on your display).
- Take a picture of yourself and your project - be proud of your work!
For more, see the Student tips & ideas section!