Background

The Heritage Fair Program is a multi-media education program designed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian history. The Heritage Fair is an event that actively involves Canada’s young people, schools and communities in a celebration of Canada’s shared traditions, cultural diversity, unique heritage and history.

A primary focus of the Fair is to promote an exciting learning environment for students of history. Students may use any medium of their choice to tell stories and share information about Canadian people, events, buildings and places. The Fair provides a venue for students to present the results of their efforts to the rest of Canada.

The Bathurst Mandate has stated that Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) will provide the foundation for the Government of Nunavut. It will also be the foundation for our curriculum development. By encouraging students to do research into their traditions and culture, participation in the Historica Fair Program provides an excellent opportunity to build on students’ IQ knowledge and make social studies more relevant.

There are three levels to the Heritage Fair Programme. The Local Heritage Fair which is held in each school or community, the Territorial Heritage Fair which is held on the web and hosted through this site, and the National Heritage Fair which is held in a different location in Canada each year.

An entire school or community may organize a Local Heritage Fair, but only students in grades 4-9 may participate in the Territorial Heritage Fair or the National Historica Fair.

Local fairs are held between October and March. The top two projects from each fair proceed to the Territorial Fair where judges from across Nunavut will rank the projects. In consultation with the judges and teachers of the students who have an entry in the Territorial Fair, five projects will be picked to represent Nunavut at the National Fair. The National Fair, which changes location every year, is held in mid-July.