- The project must explore an aspect of Canadian history and heritage – Canadian personalities, legends, milestones or achievements. Possible subjects include: military history, Indigenous history and culture, regional history, genealogy, a person in Canadian history, Canada’s historic places and monuments, multicultural diversity, Ontario’s history, women’s history, biographies, social justice, and Ottawa built heritage. See Project Selection and Topics.
- September 30, 2021, marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. We encourage students to explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and to present their research on the day of the Fair.
- The project must reflect the use of primary and secondary sources and oral histories. Projects must include a list of these sources.
- The fair offers students the opportunity to share unique stories in Canadian history. Projects can include interviews, interesting and historical photographs or archival documents, dressing-up in costumes, historical re-enactments, historical background music, and much more. See Project Formats and Copyright for information about image and music copyright.
· Heritage Fair projects should begin with a research question to which the student tries to find an answer. Historical Significance – What and who should be remembered?
– Evidence and Interpretation of Evidence – Does your evidence support your conclusions?
– Causes and Consequences – Why did historical events happen the way they did and what are the consequences?
– Continuity and Change – How are lives and conditions alike over time and how have they changed?
– Perspectives – What does the past look like when viewed through the lens of time?
– Ethical Judgement – Is what happened right or fair?