Make your Own Heritage Minute Contest

Calling all filmmakers/animators/teachers!


Watch the new Heritage Minute!

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, we have told the story of Black Loyalist Richard Pierpoint. Watch it, then make your own Heritage Minute!

The winners of the 2011-2012 Make your Own Heritage Minute Contest have been announced!

In the Junior Age Category, thirteen year old Lexy Pakenham-Troth from Grimsby, ON, won for her video “My Story by Laura Secord 1812”.

The Senior Age Category prize was awarded to the students at East Northumberland Secondary School and Norwood District High School by Peterborough, ON for their video “Fencible Regiments in the War of 1812”.

*NEW for the 2012-2013 challenge, University students can now compete in their own category!

To view all the 2012 entries, please click here.

Now it is your turn to submit your entry for your chance to win great prizes!

What do you have to do?

  1. Choose a subject based on any story, person, event, or location related to the War of 1812. Any subjects addressed on the War of 1812 website, including the Learning Resources, Trivia Games, or Topics sections, can be used.
  2. Research and film or animate your Minute. Only the content of the minute has to be historically accurate. It is the idea and the creativity behind the Minute that counts, not the production quality! The Heritage Minutes are only 60-seconds long.
  3. Submit your entries by clicking here.

Don’t know where to start? Not a problem, read through our Five Steps to entering your very own Heritage Minute with suggestions specifically catered to your group and resources.

Are you a teacher? We have a number of Learning Resources at your disposal, including the Make Your Own Heritage Minute Lesson Plan.

For more information about the Contest, please contact Emily Reid at or 1866 701 1867 x 221