Canadian students compete in northern history film program

Twenty-six students from across the country are showcasing their knowledge of northern history as finalists in a program called Canada's History - Young Citizens.

Finalists include four students from Nunavut and three from the Northwest Territories

Students from across the country are showcasing their knowledge of northern history.

Twenty-six students, including four from Nunavut and two from the Northwest Territories, are finalists in the 2013 Canada's History — Young Citizens Program, called "Expedition North." 

Anita from Repulse Bay, Nunavut, submitted a video about the history of the igloo and its importance to Inuit. (CBC)

The students each made a film for their heritage projects at their local schools. The projects focus on a part of Aboriginal or Northern history; everything from traditional outdoor clothing, to the Gwich'in land claim agreement. Now those projects are part of the Young Citizens Program.

Joanna Dawson, the Community Engagement Coordinator at Canada's History, said it's important to include students from across the country. 

"We want to be able to... really encourage them to, you know, get involved in their history. And I really like the videos from the North and the students are able to make such personal connections and that just makes the history that much richer," she said.

Four winners will be chosen from the pool of 26. Each winner will win a trip for two to Ottawa for Canada's History Forum.

People can go online to vote for their favourite video. After all the votes are in, a panel of judges will make the final decision.