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Ajax student’s anti-racism poster wins national contest

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A Grade 8 student from Ajax has won the Passages to Canada Write and Make Art! Challenge. 

AJAX, ON, June 10, 2013 – A Grade 8 student from Ajax has won the Passages to Canada Write and Make Art! Challenge, a new national competition from The Historica-Dominion Institute that asks students to explore themes of immigration and diversity in Canada.

The winning art piece by Alexander Graham Bell Public School student, Abhira Raveendran, shows a puzzle forming a hand with different skin colours. The piece calls on the viewer to “join together [and] stop racism.” Raveendran writes in her artist statement, “Not only does this piece say stop racism but to also stop discrimination against people based on how they look. It doesn’t matter how you look on the outside. It’s what’s inside that counts.” Raveendran is the only winner from the Ajax area among the six national winners.

“The compelling pieces that we received in the Challenge’s first year show just how much youth in Canada have to say about immigration and multiculturalism in their communities,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We are thrilled to share the work of this new generation of artists and storytellers.”

In its first year, the Passages to Canada Write and Make Art! Challenge encouraged Grade 1 to 12 students across Canada to explore issues of immigration, identity and racism through writing and art. Close to 200 submissions were received this year. Work was juried by an esteemed panel from The Historica-Dominion Institute and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The Passages to Canada Speakers Bureau offers volunteers from a diverse range of ethno-cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds the opportunity to share stories of their heritage and identity with schools and community groups. Since 2002, over 700 speakers have created dialogue on Canada’s diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults. Passages to Canada is generously supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and TD Bank Group.

The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.


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