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May 17, 2006
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Provincial Historica Heritage Fair Will Celebrate Student Achievements

Community and Cultural Affairs

Throughout the past few months, students in Prince Edward Island have been researching and developing projects for school heritage fairs, and gaining a new understanding and appreciation for their own heritage through the process.

Students in Grades five to nine were able to explore the history of their families, their communities, their province or their country and then display the results of their efforts. More than 2,500 students, teachers, and parents have been taking part in local heritage fairs in schools province wide. From these local school projects, 250 students were chosen to participate at the Provincial Historica Heritage Fair at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Friday, May 19, 2006.

The Historica Heritage Fair is a celebration of Canada’s heritage, in the form of student history projects. It is an annual event designed to encourage students to develop an increased awareness of Canadian heritage. The best projects from each province are selected for presentation at the National Fair which is hosted by a different Canadian city each year in July. Projects are judged based on the historical content and knowledge, the research process used, originality and creativity, communication skills and the visual display of the project.

Premier Pat Binns and Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Elmer MacFadyen have extended an invitation to Islanders to attend the Provincial Historica Heritage Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Friday, May 19. Students will be displaying their projects for public viewing and, during the official ceremony at 3 p.m., the list of finalists for the National Historica Fair will be announced. The 2006 National Fair will be held in Halifax in July.

“I would like to extend an invitation for Islanders to join us at the Provincial Historica Heritage Fair to view the student’s projects and for the official ceremony at 3 p.m.,” said Premier Binns. “Given the high calibre of work and general enthusiasm of our Island students, I am sure it will be an enjoyable experience.”

“I hope many Islanders will take advantage of this opportunity to attend the fair and celebrate the heritage discoveries of our Island students,” added Minister MacFadyen.

The Historica Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians discover the fascinating stories that make our country unique. Through education programs and authoritative resources, the Foundation connects Canadians to our many histories. Discover your place in history at

Media Contact: Charlotte Stewart
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