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March 21, 2006 10:38 ET

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women Beverley J. Oda Honours Recipients of the 2006 Racism Stop It! National Video Competition

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2006) - Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women Beverley J. Oda honoured the ten winning teams of the 10th annual Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition at a ceremony held today at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

"Young Canadians are a driving force in the fight to end racism," said Minister Oda. "They are keenly aware that racism is a barrier for many Canadians, and it is only through promoting respect and interconnection that we will overcome this challenge. These videos are the products of youthful energy, commitment and wonderful creativity in advancing the fight against racism."

Every year, the Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition challenges youth aged 12 to 18 to take a stand against racism by creating videos that deliver strong anti-racism messages. Panasonic Canada Inc., CBC/Radio-Canada and the National Film Board of Canada are partners associated with this year's competition. The videos are selected by a panel of judges who make their choices based on originality, audio/visual quality and the effectiveness of the Racism. Stop It! message.

This year's winning teams come from schools in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Windsor, Toronto and Markham, Ontario; and St-Laurent, Quebec. The 2006 winning videos can be viewed at www.march21.gc.ca.

The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition was created to honour the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21. This special day was declared by the United Nations in 1966 to commemorate the anti-apartheid demonstrators who were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa. Canada was one of the first countries to support this International Day.

The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition is funded and managed by the Multiculturalism Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

A backgrounder of the list of the 2006 winners is available at http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/baca0321.pdf and is also available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

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