Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 16, 2008 15:00 ET

The Government of Canada Recognizes Young Canadians Fighting Against Racism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans), will recognize the talent of the winners of the 2008 Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition tomorrow. He will give each of the winners a certificate at an awards ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, before an audience of more than 450 young people.

The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition invited young people, aged 12 to 18, from across Canada to produce a short video to express their points of view on eliminating racism. The 10 winning videos were then used to produce 30-second public service announcements. These announcements will be broadcast on March 21 on CBC/Radio-Canada and will reach millions of Canadians.

"The creativity and commitment of these young people will help to make Canada a society that is open to everyone and free from prejudice," said Secretary of State Kenney. "Our young Canadians' openness, willingness to listen, and acceptance of differences confirms our faith in a nation that recognizes the value of tolerance and diversity."

"It is obvious that these aware and committed young people are an asset for a Canadian society that rejects racism," said Mr. Galipeau. "So, it is important for the Government of Canada to support and recognize them as agents of change who are working towards the acceptance of diversity."

Canada was one of the first countries to support the United Nations resolution making March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day was proclaimed in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre of March 21, 1960, when police killed 69 South Africans participating in an anti-apartheid demonstration. The Department of Canadian Heritage has organized the Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition since 1996.

An independent national panel selected the winning videos based on their originality, audiovisual quality, and the effectiveness of their anti-racism message. This year, 1956 participants submitted 503 videos in the Competition.

The partners and sponsors of the 2008 Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition are Panasonic Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada Post Corporation, and Hotel Les Suites, of Ottawa.

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

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP
    Secretary of State
    (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)
    Alykhan Velshi
    Director of Communications
    819-934-1122