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British Columbia youth capture cultural identity, win big in Passages Canada national contest

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Two budding photographers in Vancouver and Coquitlam have been selected as national winners of Passages Canada’s Imagine Culture Photo Contest. The national contest received over 560 submissions from youth aged 5 to 29.
Emma McKeen won first place in the TD Culture Builder category for her piece entitled “A Prairie Stop”. Ms. McKeen explains her thoughtful Saskatchewan railroad landscape photograph: “A distinctly Canadian image, the railway represents connection and unity through experience and movement…Travelling across Canada not only illustrates differences but also, the possibility of…shared identity across both social and geographical barriers.”

The second place winner, Jess Stewart-Lee’s piece entitled “British Columbia” is a thought-provoking piece that expresses her personal struggle to embrace her dual heritage and identity as a Chinese-Canadian.

In its inaugural year, the Passages Canada Imagine Culture Photo Contest encouraged youth ages 5 to 29 across Canada to explore issues of culture, identity, and immigration through photography. Work was juried by an esteemed panel from Passages Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue in Canadian communities. Our volunteer speakers share their personal experiences of identity, culture and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.

For more information, contact:

Lee-Anne Lavell, Program Coordinator
T 416.506.1867 x 264

Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator
T 416. 506.1867 X 261