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MPs Across Parties Support Youth Empowerment and Anti-bullying with Global Dignity Day Canada

OTTAWA, October 15, 2013 – Global Dignity Canada formally launched its Many Faces of Dignity campaign as its theme for this yearʼs internationally recognized Global Dignity Day (GDD). The third national edition of GDD Canada will be a celebration of the diverse interpretations of human dignity and
how these forces play out in our lives.

“The goal of this yearʼs Global Dignity Day is to encourage youth to explore issues ranging from youth empowerment to gender and cultural diversity, anti-bullying and beyond,” said Giovanna Mingarelli, the Country Chair for Global Dignity Canada.

The sixth annual GDD will take place on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013. This year over 67 schools and 12,000 students from Nunavut to British Columbia are registered to participate in Global Dignity Day with 360,000 students in 50 countries around the world.

Over the past three years, Global Dignity Day Canada has developed partnerships with leading youth-focused organizations such as: TakingITGlobal, Right To Play, the Canadian Commission to UNESCO, YMCA Canada, Adobe Youth Voices and the World Economic Forum’s Canadian Global Shapers Community, to name a few, in celebration of this noble cause.

GDD Canada will be further supported by role models, champions, advisors and supporters from across the country – including students, parents, educators, athletes, federal Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, as well as international business and thought leaders. They will join thousands of
volunteers to promote youth empowerment and tackle issues such as bullying and discrimination.

Among those supporting this yearʼs cause nationally are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird; Health Minister, the Hon. Rona Ambrose; Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau; Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party, Megan Leslie; Senator Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Government in the
Senate; Halifax MP Scott Brison; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Jeffrey Copenace and Inuit film maker Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

Schools and organization are invited to partner with Global Dignity Day Canada at: www.globaldignity.ca.

About Global Dignity:
Global Dignity (GD) is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. For more details, please visit: www.globaldignity.ca.

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