03/29/2012 05:21 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

P.E.I. school kids play Fathers of Confederation, win national contest

CHARLOTTETOWN - It's one of Canada's most important historic sites, the birthplace of Confederation, where politicians met in September 1864 to discuss the union of Britain's North American colonies.

But what exactly happened at Province House — now a popular tourist attraction in downtown Charlottetown — during those momentous meetings?

There is no formal record of what was said at the Charlottetown Conference, but a video produced by a Grade 8 class in Montague, P.E.I., gives the flavour of the occasion, with a youthful twist.

Wearing top hats and bushy beards, the costumed schoolchildren act the parts of the Fathers of Confederation. George Brown writes love letters to his wife. Sir John A. Macdonald addresses colleagues who nod at his remarks about working together "to form a great nation."

The delegates arrive in a bathtub-sized rowboat, dance at a grand ball and raise goblets of milk — not champagne — to toast their achievement.

P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz makes an appearance as himself to answer questions from the class in front of Province House, the seat of P.E.I.'s legislature.

The video won a Parks Canada contest, earning the students from Montague Intermediate School a trip to Banff National Park. Almost 70 videos were submitted by school classes from across the country between September 2011 and January 2012.

To see the winning entry, go to