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‘Tribute to Canada’ Poem by Ilderton Students Wins National Contest

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ILDERTON, ON, June 10, 2013 – Poetry by students from Ilderton’s Oxbow Public School 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 piece celebrates Canada’s natural diversity and welcoming communities.

The Grade 4 students, who wrote the poem as a class, express their Canadian pride with lines like, “Helpful hands are proudly-protective. We create a friendly nation for all to enjoy. Canada is a caring country. With welcoming-warm smiles, On faces of happy-cheer.”

The students have won $250 of book supplies for their Ilderton classroom.  They are the only winners from the London-Middlesex 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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Davida Aronovitch, Communications Manager
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daronovitch@historica-dominion.ca