13 February 2008

Canada: Gen quest TV for kids

Now that genealogy television is appearing in more countries, aimed at the adult market - the news below was heartening.

This is a genealogy program where young people - amateur genalogists - are sent out to see what they can uncover. I don't recognize the "names" being spotlighted, but I'm sure readers from Quebec will know them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if more countries would adopt the same format to bring young people into the field and get them hooked on the possibilities?

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2008) - Montreal-based production company Instinct Films, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada and TFO, will host a genealogy event for Gatineau youth on Monday, February 18, 2008 on the occasion of Heritage Week.

Students from Ecole du Lac-des-Fees will discover their roots through special interactive workshops and will be given a private screening of LA QUETE, a youth series produced by Instinct Films. This exciting and educational event will be held at Library and Archives Canada at 395 Wellington Street, in downtown Ottawa.

LA QUETE is an innovative youth series broadcast weekly on TFO. In each episode, Canadian kids from varied backgrounds are sent on a Quest to uncover their ancestry in Canada or abroad. These amateur genealogists are on the hunt to learn more about those fascinating stories that lie underneath every family tree. In La Quete, we meet the descendants of well-known Canadians like Louis Riel, La Bolduc, Sir Wilfred Laurier and Armand Frappier. The young viewer also learns about lesser-known personalities including Irma Lavasseur and Fabien Brunet. http://www.laquete.ca.

Instinct Films is a production company based in Montreal, QC and has produced acclaimed youth series such as My Brand New Life/Je Vis Ta Vie which garnered three Prix Gemeaux.The company is now in production with the new youth series Active-toi! highlighting young activists.

Library and Archives Canada preserves the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations and, though its Canadian Genealogy Centre, facilitates the discovery of our roots and family histories as an integral aspect of our Canadian heritage.

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