Students often care deeply about issues of justice or fairness. This grade 9 student chose such an issue as her Heritage Fair topic, one that is little known to most Canadians.
In the late 19th and early 20th century tens of thousands of children from Great Britain were sent to Canada to be farm labourers. The children (most of whom were age 8 to 16 though many who came were as young as 4 or 5 years old) were often treated poorly. There were many cases of physical, emotional and mental abuse. Should the government apologize for their mistreatment as it has done for other cases of injustices of the past?
The student’s great-grandmother was one of the child immigrants, though she was fortunate to have been treated well. A photograph is shown of her on the display board behind the great-granddaughter. The display included a model of the ship that her ancestor travelled on, a map, photographs, and timeline to tell her story in addition to arguments for and against an apology.