Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 23, 2010 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Applauds Youth in Their Fight Against Racism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today honoured the winners of the 2010 Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition.

"I know it can be difficult at times to speak out publicly about racism and injustice, therefore I offer my congratulations to the winners and all those who participated," said Mr. Galipeau. "These creative young people are leading by example and they are to be commended for their leadership and initiative."

Students between 12 and 20 years of age are eligible to enter the Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition, where they are divided into two age categories (12-15 years and 16-20 years). The winners from the two categories include four teams from British Columbia, three teams from Manitoba, and two teams each from Ontario, and Nova Scotia. The teams consisted of as few as one youth, to as many as five youths, with an adult supervisor for each project.

The public also participated by helping to select their favorite video for the Public Choice Award. Through the March 21 YouTube Channel, members of the public were able to vote for their favorite of 55 top entries out of over 300 submissions.

The creators of the winning videos received an all expenses paid trip to Canada's Capital Region for the Awards Ceremony and will have 30–second clips of their videos aired on either MuchMusic or VRAK TV as an anti–racism public service announcement. All winning schools, organizations or groups will receive a Panasonic Digital Palmcorder® Multicam™ Camcorder.

The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition has been held since 1996 to mark the Sharpeville Massacre on March 21, 1960. The day commemorates the 69 South Africans who died when police opened fire on a crowd of protesters opposing apartheid.

For more information on the National Video Competition, please visit www.march21.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca