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High School Heritage Challenge


The High School Heritage Challenge is being moved to coincide with our Heritage Fairs program in the spring of 2022. Submissions remain open and students can submit projects through until April 2022. Exact deadline to be announced this winter.

In December, we are excited to share that we will be hosting an on-demand Youth Symposium featuring keynote speakers, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, the Honourable Russ Mirasty along with Her Honour Donna Mirasty. Stay tuned for details!

With the success of our Heritage Fairs program (and especially our Virtual Heritage Fair), we are pleased to launch the High School Heritage Challenge! 

The province-wide contest is for students in grades 9-12. It is open to any student in Saskatchewan (teachers do not have to pre-register). Students can submit projects on our website where projects will be judged remotely and be available for public viewing. This is a similar process to the Virtual Heritage Fair.

Download a snapshot of the program here (pdf)

Download the High School Heritage Challenge Student Guidebook (pdf), or flip through below:

Prizes: Two (2) $1000 education bursaries; additional smaller prizes to be determined

Additionally, students will be invited to attend a Heritage Youth Symposium on December 1, 2021. This symposium will be primarily on-demand rather than live.

Project Submission Deadline: Monday, April 25, 2022 (the Monday after Easter Break)

Award Winners Announced: Late May 2022 [same time as Virtual Heritage Fair]

2021 Heritage Youth Symposium: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – to be held virtually

Contest Requirements:

Students need to submit a research project about any topic relating to Canada. It can be local, provincial, national, or global in scope (or a combination thereof!). While judges will want to learn about the topic itself and its importance to the student(s), the challenge for students is to think critically and broadly about how their topic relates to key themes: wellbeing, reconciliation, environmental sustainability, justice, and living heritage. (Students do not need to address all of these themes in their projects, but rather can choose to focus on one or two, depending on their topic.)

Projects can be any of the following formats: videos, websites, research papers, games, photo essays, presentations, and combinations thereof. Creative elements, such as artwork and poetry, can also be included.

Time limits: Please keep each video or audio file to a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes in length. In general, your project should take 15-20 minutes for a judge to view.

Note: This is a non-interactive contest, so judges will not be able to ask questions and you will not be able to clarify or elaborate further once you have submitted your project.

Suggested word-count: Written projects should be 1000-2500 words in length. This will vary depending on language.

Projects can be in any language. (For non-English projects, please include an English translation of the title and a one-sentence description of the topic. This will help Heritage Saskatchewan staff promote the project.) Projects can also be bilingual or multilingual.

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