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A student’s focus on the Frank Slide
Young Citizen Cordelia Yip’s Frank Slide project among finalists to win a trip to Ottawa
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Anna Kroupina Photo
Eleven-year-old Cordelia Yip’s project on the Frank Slide earned her a opportunity to participate in the Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge and the chance to be one of 26 students to win a trip to Ottawa to take part in Canada's History Youth Forum in September.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Southern Alberta has deep-rooted historical and cultural narrative, and for one 11-year-old girl, it’s the 1903 Frank rockslide that intrigued her most. Enough so, that she chose this significant event in Canadian and Albertan history as the subject matter for her Heritage Fair project.

Cordelia Yip’s Frank Slide project won her a camera and the opportunity to participate in the Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair, which took place at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge on May 6. There, Cordelia displayed her tri-fold poster with photos and text explaining the facts and history of the rockslide.

A young history buff in the making, Cordelia says she’s interested in how people did things in the past and how it has changed. She selected the topic of the Frank Slide for its significance in Canada’s history.
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Cordelia first learned about the Frank Slide at school and furthered her research for the project by conducting research online and by visiting to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

“It’s interesting to me. There were a lot of sacrifices and people killed. It’s Canada’s deadliest rockslide, so it’s a big event in history that people should learn about. I lived in the area and I knew lots about it,” says Cordelia, who was born in Calgary, but moved to Crowsnest Pass with her family in 2007 when she was a year old. The Yips moved to Milk River in 2016. Cordelia is now in Grade 5 at Milk River Elementary School.

Cordelia and her project have moved on to participate in the Young Citizens program, where over 200 students between the ages of 10 and 16 from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, Newfoundland have the opportunity to present their projects on significant individuals and events in Canada’s history.
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Participants made a short video about their chosen topic, and 26 students from across Canada will win a trip to Ottawa in the fall, where they will attend Canada's History Youth Forum. Thirteen of the 26 students will be selected by popular vote and the rest will be selected by a panel of judges. Public voting wrapped up on July 7.

Cordelia filmed her video on-location at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

Her mother Winny is very proud that her daughter did the entire project all by herself.

“I wasn’t born here, so I don’t really know the history. She did it totally by herself. I was so proud of her,” she says.

The 26 winning students who will embark on a trip to Ottawa will be revealed later this summer in August. To view Cordelia’s or other students’ videos, visit kids.canadashistory.ca.
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