Today’s featured videos: “The Charlottetown Conference…The Beginning of Canada” and “The Charlottetown Conference of 1864”

For the final blog post featuring the Top 10 videos in the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest, we’ve chosen to team up two videos from different schools in the province of PEI. Both schools chose to recreate the events that happened at the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, and have each added their own unique touches to the telling of this incredible story.

The first video, titled “The Charlottetown Conference…The Beginning of Canada” was made by grade 8 students at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School from Kensington, PEI. A little bit of time travel mixed with a little bit of historical re-enactment has made their video incredibly fun to watch. This is what they have to say about it:

The Charlottetown conference of September, 1864 marked the beginning of future talks which were held and eventually led to the formation of our country in 1867. Our video shows the events of the conference from the vantage point of some of the "Fathers" and "Mothers" of confederation. Our two interviewers go back in time to gain an understanding of why our Province House is one of the most significant National Historic sites in Canada. Our class, 8C of Kensington Intermediate High School on PEI, felt that the historic significance of the Charlottetown conference best reflected the rubric of this competition. We had a lot of fun deciding on the topic, researching the events of the conference, writing and editing the script, filming the project, editing the video, and finally watching and submitting our final project for your consideration. Thank you for this opportunity. We enjoyed the whole process!  

Watch their video here:

The second video, titled “The Charlottetown Conference of 1864” comes from the grade 8 class at Montague Intermediate School in the small town of Montague, PEI. They’ve done a great job of capturing the spirit of the Conference – laughing and dancing included! Here is what they have to say about their video:

The Charlottetown Conference of 1864 Montague Intermediate School, Montague, PE In 1864, the Fathers of Confederation met at Province House in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to discuss the union of the colonies. Initially, only representatives from the Maritimes were planning to discuss a union of their Maritime colonies, but were joined by representatives from Upper and Lower Canada. The Fathers of Confederation were the leaders of their time. Some were lawyers, journalists, poets, businessmen, soldiers, and even shipbuilders. Some spoke French. Some spoke English. The Conference lasted several days and the delegates enjoyed many of the Island’s finest experiences. As you can see, this is an important step in our Canadian history, for without this meeting, there would be no Canada. It was an honour to research and learn about a Conference with such historical implications that is so close to where we live. It was exciting to re-enact this Conference by bringing history to life, while at the same time, merging it with our present government officials. We hope you enjoy our video!

Check it out here:

Well – that’s it for our Top 10 videos! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the thought that went into each of these wonderful videos and that you’ve learned a little more about the natural and cultural history of Canada as seen through the eyes of our bright and talented grade 8 and secondary 2 classes across the country.

Revisit the blog later this week as we announce the lucky winner of the contest!