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High School Heritage Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of our first High School Heritage Challenge!


2022 High School Heritage Challenge Winners

1. History of Pine Bluff (Tavian Stewart & Kimione Peekeekoot) (Gr. 12, Cumberland House)

2. The Métis Legacy of John Arcand (Kate Wright) (Gr. 12, Delisle)

3. The Ripple of Time (Christopher Deschambeault-Morin & Kain Torgerson) (Gr. 12, Cumberland House)

2022 High School Heritage Challenge Honourable Mentions

1. Heritage Through My Eyes (Mariam Alhmaydi) (Gr. 12, Saskatoon)

2. Saving Our Heritage: One Seed at a Time (Ava Paul) (Gr. 11, Saskatoon)

3. The History of Wadena, SK (Madison Pomedli) (Gr. 12, Wadena)

HS Heritage Challenge winners will receive $1000 for each project, as well as award plaques. Honourable Mentions will receive certificates.

Congratulations to all who submitted projects. Thank you for sharing your stories, research, writing, and art with us!

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 (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

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: Links to on-demand content

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. In accordance with the Saskatchewan curriculum, English-language projects should use Canadian spelling conventions.


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