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Quebec classroom gets creative, wins Passages Canada national contest

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The Grade 4 class from the Ecole St Joseph in Lévis, Quebec, won the Elementary category for their creative entries: each student imagined a new Canadian flag to reflect their own Canadian heritage, cultures and histories.
When asked about the contest, Mr. Gérald Charron, the teacher of the winning Grade 4 class said, « This Passages Canada contest is directly connected with my Ethics and Religious Culture class. In this class, we talk about deeply Canadian values. For the past two years I’ve been inviting a speaker that talks about his immigration to Canada. That allows my students to have a better grasp on how lucky they are to be living in a democratic country with such values of respect towards the human being. »

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