Create Your Canada

Highschool Contest

Create Your Canada

What is the Create Your Canada Contest?

Create Your Canada is an online contest that invites students who are enrolled in Grade 11 or 12 classes at a school in Saskatoon West to brainstorm ideas and propose federal bills that they feel will move Canada forward on the road to reconciliation.

Reconciliation is a recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership with the Indigenous peoples of this land.

We will select a winner with the best idea and then draft it into a Private Member’s Bill (an actual piece of federal legislation).  Sheri will then fly the winner(s) to Ottawa to watch as she formally introduces your bill in the House of Commons.

Flights and accommodation will be paid by Sheri!!

Sheri will also give the winner(s) a great tour of Parliament, including the Parliamentary Chamber, Sir John A. MacDonald’s first office, the Library of Parliament, and more.  We might even be able to arrange a quick photo with the Prime Minister!

This is a great way for students to learn about their government, participate in our democracy, practice social awareness, and, most importantly, make a difference.

Students can enter either individually or as a team of two.

Last year's winners Brody Beuker and Camilo Silva (below) had a great time in Ottawa last year! You can read up on all they did here, this could be you!

Camilo, Brody, Dan and Sheri Benson sitting in the House of Commons

What is this year’s deadline? 

The deadline for the 2018/2019 Contest is January 15, 2019, 9pm CST


Resources for Teachers

The PDF document below helps teachers in a variety of subject areas with ideas on how to incorporate the CYC contest into their planned curriculum.

Fitting CYC into your curricula offers a wealth of information on how to write a Private Member's Bill and the whole process of a Bill from writing to passage into law.

Private Members' Business Handbook

Stages in the Legislative Process

Government of Canada - Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action


Submission Document For Students

Below is the submission document for the contest.  Please review and complete the document (electronically if possible) and submit the completed document by emailing it to

Sheri DOT Benson DOT c1 AT parl DOT gc DOT ca

(the number 1 not the letter l!)

with the subject of “CYC”

Submission Document

Create Your Canada Poster