As part of the Champlain 2013 commemorations, Reseau de patrimoine gatinois (RPG) sponsored a children’s drawing competition where school children were asked to draw a scene depicting the Encounter between Samuel de Champlain and the Anishinabe in the Ottawa Valley in 1613. A total of 138 drawings were submitted for the contest. Most of these pieces were drawn by children in third and fourth grade at Ecole Eardly, Ecole Masse, Ecole St. Jean Bosco, and Ecole des Rapides-Decherves in the Gatineau area.
Reseau de patrimoine gatinois, or the Gatineau Heritage Network in its English name, acts as the core communicative centre for the heritage organizations, events and activities hosted in the Gatineau and Ottawa Region. The RPG thus had a large role in the Champlain 2013 commemorative events. As such, the children’s drawings submitted to the contest were displayed at many of the commemorative community celebrations through the spring and summer months. The RPG also selected three contest winners and specially showcased these at the public events.
These drawings offer insight into how children remember Samuel de Champlain and his visit to the Ottawa Valley. These drawings reflect the imagery and memories of this historical moment central to the 2013 Champlain commemorations.