Media Advisory: National Celebration of Global Dignity Day at the WE Global Learning Centre

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Toronto, October 15th, 2019 – Tomorrow, Wednesday October 16th, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders will gather in celebration of Global Dignity Day to empower youth with dignity. Hosted at the WE Global Learning Centre, the globally streamed event will link ten sites and 2,000 students, from Kitigan Zibi, Ontario to Alaska, through a live video-conference. These students will join 1 million of their peers in more than 80 countries, to celebrate Global Dignity Day.

 

Highlights of the national celebration will include the following special guest speakers and performers:

  • Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada and Global Dignity Honorary Board Member

  • Jaden Lake, 2019 National Role Model, by way of his father the Hon. Mike Lake, Edmonton-Wetaskiwin Member of Parliament

  • Kara Eusebio, a Global Shaper and leader passionate about building inclusive communities;

  • Meagan Commonda, 2019 National Role Model and Indigenous Leader

  • Morris Hayes with a musical performance as part of the global peace building documentary World Symphony For Peace

 

Who: 2,000 students and teachers across ten sites in Canada

 

What: The international celebration of Global Dignity Day

 

When: October 16, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Where: WE Global Learning Centre, 339 Queen St E Toronto, ON, M5A 1S9 Canada

See the following list for video-conference sites across Canada:

 

  • Soldotna Prep Soldotna, AK, USA

  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Calgary, Alberta

  • Mary Butterworth, Edmonton Alberta

  • Rothesay Saint John, New Brunswick

  • Sa-Hali Secondary, Kamloops, British Columbia

  • Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • École du Carrefour, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan, Kitigan Zibi, Ontario

  • Invest Ottawa — Bayview Yards, Ottawa, Ontario

  • WE Global Centre for Education, Toronto, Ontario

 

Why: To empower 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 John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. It aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

 

For more information:

 

Lauren Fine

Media Liaison
Global Dignity Canada

media@globaldignity.ca

613-878-8968

Canadians Join One Million Students in Eighty Countries to Celebrate Global Dignity Movement

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Toronto, October 16th, 2019 – Today, Wednesday October 16th, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders gathered to celebrate Global Dignity Day alongside one million of their peers in 80 countries.

This year’s global event, hosted at the WE Global Learning Centre linked ten sites and 2,000 students, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, through a live video-conference. Approximately 30,000 students participated via live-stream in Canada.

“The theme of Global Dignity Day this year is centered on raising awareness about autism and building inclusive communities,” said Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada and Global Dignity Honorary Board Member.

“Today I was delighted to join students at l’École du Carrefour in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For these young people from the province’s French-speaking and Acadian minority, being able to study in French is a part of a struggle for the respect of their dignity, heritage, history and identity. This right recognized in 1991 is an act of fundamental inclusion in the Nova Scotian and Canadian society.”
Highlights of the national celebration included the following special guest speakers and performers:
● Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada and Global Dignity Honorary Board Member
● Jaden Lake, 2019 National Role Model, by way of his father the Hon. Mike Lake, Global Dignity Champion and Edmonton-Wetaskiwin Member of Parliament
● Kara Eusebio, World Economic Forum Ottawa Global Shaper and leader passionate about building inclusive communities
● Meagan Commonda, 2019 National Role Model and the Indigenous Liaison for Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat’s Talent Cloud

● Morris Hayes with a musical performance as part of the global peace building documentary World Symphony For Peace, with Finnish composer and Global Shaper, Perttu Polonen and singer songwriter, Jennie Laws

The guest speakers shared their dignity stories in Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa and Kitigan Zibi respectively. It also included a musical performance by Morris Hayes representing World Symphony For Peace.

 “In a world often divided by politics, religion and differing views, the message from Global Dignity Day this year is clear: to build a move dignified world, just love each other and be kind,” said Giovanna Mingarelli, the National Chair of Global Dignity in Canada and member of the international Board of Directors.

“Inclusion is an expression of love and kindness. Love yourself, love your family, love your pets. Be kind to your friends, neighbours and co-workers – it’s easy to do!”

The work of Global Dignity is guided by a simple set of principles, that every person:

● Has the right to pursue their purpose and meaning in life, and to reach their full potential
● Deserves to live in societies that provide humane access to education, health, income and security
● Has their life, identity and beliefs respected by others
● Has the responsibility to create the conditions for others to fulfill their potential, acting to strengthen the dignity of others, building a foundation of freedom, justice and peace for this, and future generations

● Believes that dignity in action means standing up against injustice, intolerance and inequality.

Partners of Global Dignity include: TakingITGlobal, the Queen Elizabeth Centre for Global Education, WE, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, YMCA Canada, Right To Play, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, Kind Canada, Bright Minds Education and World Symphony for Peace.

“It’s important to put love and kindness into action: that’s what building inclusive communities is all about!” said Olivia Bechthold, the Executive Director of Global Dignity in Canada.

“You can show someone you love them by opening a door or helping them with their homework. It’s easy.”

Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity 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.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization with the aim to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.

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More information and a livestream of the video-conference can be viewed at www.globaldignity.ca.

For more information:

Lauren Fine, Media Liaison Global Dignity Canada | media@globaldignity.ca | 613-878-8968

Dignity Day art focuses on issues and solutions around homelessness

The John Humphrey Centre For Peace and Human Rights on Wednesday showcased art created for Dignity Day, with a focus on homelessness.

It’s the fourth year the centre has hosted annual Dignity Day events. Artworks created for the event were on display at iHuman Youth Society, along with speakers including the artists themselves.

Dignity Day, this year celebrated Oct. 16, is a global effort designed to recognize the dignity and humanity people share.

“When we talk about homelessness we always hear sad stories,” said Maigan van der Giessen, arts lead with the Edmonton-based John Humphrey Centre.

“We want to engage artists to share the power and vitality of everyday people who might be struggling with different circumstances, but have so much to bring to the table, so many wise words and real solutions when it comes to housing security in our city.

“Art is a very big piece of that puzzle.”

Three of four paintings on display were created by Chris “Day One” Carlson, who also took part two years ago.

“I’m an activist. I speak out for human rights.,” Carlson said. “I’ve helped with several charities across Western Canada. I really just believe in what they’re saying on homelessness, treating people better. The work that they do, I’m a big fan of.”

One painting by the Ponoka artist focused on people who give to the homeless but record themselves doing the good deed to post it on social media.

“I don’t see that as right,” he said. “I think you should just help somebody and then not look for praise for it. I don’t think you need to make a video, take a picture or pat yourself on the back too hard. So I believe you should just help people.”

Another painting shows two people in a tent in the cold, keeping warm through human contact.

The paintings will be on display at a Dignity Day event at the Aviary, 9314 111th Ave., on Wednesday at 7p.m.

The event will also feature live paintings, musical performances and a panel discussing homelessness issues and solutions.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/dignity-day-john-humphrey-1.5323674

GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY – STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE LIBERAL PARTY

The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Global Dignity Day:

“Today, young people, students, teachers, and volunteers around the world will come together to celebrate the dignity inherent in all of us.

Global Dignity Day reminds us that everyone has the right to live in dignity. It’s about building a world where compassion and kindness win out over division and injustice – a world where everyone has a real and fair shot at success.

Advocates are working every day to build that world – and young people are leading that charge. Around the planet, they’re deepening our connections and creating a stronger global community – encouraging everyone to look beyond what divides us and celebrate the humanity we all share.

We have a lot to learn from our youngest leaders, who challenge us every day to do better and be better. Each day, we have the chance to make a difference, and put into practice values like kindness, generosity, openness, and respect. Even the smallest of actions can touch hearts and change lives.

As one of Global Dignity’s National Role Models, I encourage everyone to honour the inherent worth of others – today and every day. Let’s celebrate everything that unites us and lift each other up. Let’s look forward with hope – and move forward together.”

https://www.liberal.ca/global-dignity-day-statement-by-the-leader-of-the-liberal-party/

12th Annual Global Dignity Day Celebrates Kindness in Canada

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Ottawa, October 17, 2018 – Today thousands of Canadian students and young leaders gathered in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day. Joining over 600,000 of their peers in 70 countries, students celebrated the twelfth anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

This year’s national event, hosted on Parliament Hill by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, connected eight schools from coast-to-coast-to-coast through a live video-conference.

The theme for Global Dignity Day this year is kindness. The organization is inviting youth across Canada to share their acts of kindness on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #GlobalDignityDay. “Canada is one of the most welcoming countries in the world. We are stronger because of our diversity and it’s in this spirit that we recognize Global Dignity Day today,” said Minister Rodriguez. “I invite everyone to celebrate Canada’s spirit of dignity, inclusion and kindness with young Canadians – today and every day.”

Highlights of today’s event included dignity stories and performances from former child soldier, award-winning rapper and songwriter, Emmanuel Jal and Waukomaun Pawis, an acclaimed Ojibwe videographer and multimedia artist from Wasauksing First Nation. Video stories were also shared from Global Dignity Co-Founder, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; as well as National Role Models Komal Minhas, an Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, content creator, and investor and Drew Cumpson, the founder of H&D Consulting and an ambassador for accessibility, the LGBT community and creating change.

In Canada, Global Dignity is honoured with the support of Champions and Role Models of all stripes suchas: the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Tom Mulcair; former Leader of the NDP; Rona Ambrose, former Leader of the Official Opposition; Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party; TakingITGlobal Founder Jennifer Corriero; and Inuit filmmakers Curtis Konek and Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

“This year Global Dignity is aiming to build on Canada’s culture of kindness by empowering young people to be kinder to themselves and others online,” said Giovanna Mingarelli, Canadian Chair of Global Dignity and member of the Board of Directors internationally.

“This kindness is the fabric that unites us as individuals, classrooms, communities and as a country.” Since it’s co-founding by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in 2006, Global Dignity has reached over 2 million youth by offering teachers, students, parents and partners the inspiration and support they need to organize dignity workshops, assemblies and forums.

Global Dignity aims to inspire respect, self-esteem, and openness to diversity in young people, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. A livestream of the videoconference can be viewed at www.globaldignity.ca .

For more information:

Olivia Bechthold
Executive Director
Global Dignity Canada
Olivia@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

11TH ANNUAL GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY CELEBRATES SOCIAL INNOVATION

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Ottawa, October 18, 2017 – Today, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders gathered in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day. Joining 500,000 of their peers in more than 70 countries, students celebrated the 11th anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

This year’s national event, hosted at Bayview Yards by Invest Ottawa, and sponsored by the Samuel Family Foundation, linked eight schools and two thousand students from the Yukon to Nova Scotia, through a live videoconference.

Highlights of today’s event included dignity stories from Caitlin Whelan an inspiring student and innovator who focuses her work on youth retention and cultural education, and Gerrit Wesselink, a young activist passionate about community building an open dialogue, particularly in Northern Ontario and Alaskan communities.

In Canada, Global Dignity is honoured with the support of Champions and Role Models of all stripes who continue to support our annual efforts, including: the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Tom Mulcair; former Leader of the NDP; Rona Ambrose, former Leader of the Official Opposition; Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party; TakingITGlobal Founder Jennifer Corriero; and Inuit filmmakers Curtis Konek and Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity 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.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization with the aim to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

A livestream of the videoconference can be viewed at www.globaldignity.ca.

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For more information:

Olivia Bechthold
Executive Director
Global Dignity Canada
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

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GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON PARLIAMENT HILL

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Ottawa, October 12, 2016 – Today, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders gathered in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day. Joining 500,000 of their peers in more than 60 countries, students celebrated the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

This year’s national event, hosted on Parliament Hill by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, and sponsored by the Samuel Family Foundation, linked eight sites and two thousand students from Nunavut to Nova Scotia, with one international site, through a live videoconference.

The sites include: Parliament Hill in Ottawa; Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, Alberta; Bimose Tribal Council in Kenora, Ontario; Jean Augustine Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario; John Analukjuak High School in Arviat, Nunavut; Hillcrest Academy in Shelburne, Nova Scotia; Sa Halli Secondary in Kamloops, British Columbia; and Soldotna Prep School in Soldotna, Alaska, USA.

A livestream of the videoconference can be viewed at www.globaldignity.ca.

Highlights of today’s event included an opening flag song from students of Kiiijick Elementary School, Treaty 3; a throat singing performance from Arviat, Nunavut; and a dignity story from Lindsay DuPré, the Indigenous Youth Engagement Coordinator at TakingITGlobal.

In Canada, Global Dignity is honoured with the support of Champions and Role Models of all stripes, including: Canada’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau; the Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition; Leader of the New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada; Anishinabe leader from Kitigan-Zibi, Caitlin Tolley; Inuit film makers Curtis Konek and Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

Partners of Global Dignity include: TakingITGlobal, the Queen Elizabeth Centre for Global Education, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, YMCA Canada, Right To Play, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, The Heroa Project, Kind Canada and Equal Voice.

Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity 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.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization with the aim to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

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For more information:
Olivia Bechthold
Director of National Engagement,
Global Dignity Canada
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA TO MARK GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY IN CANADA

Ottawa, Ontario
October 12, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark Global Dignity Day in Canada:

“Today, over 500,000 students in more than 60 countries, including thousands across Canada, are marking the 10th annual Global Dignity Day.

“The Global Dignity organization aims to inspire respect, self-esteem, and openness to diversity in young people, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.

“I encourage all young Canadians to step up, show up, and speak up. Youth have the ability to think decades ahead and are not afraid to challenge the status quo today. As our government looks 40 years down the road – not just four – young Canadians will be instrumental in achieving this vision.

“Today, and every day, we celebrate the fact that everyone – no matter their age – has value, worth, and the potential to help build a better world.

“I am extremely proud to be one of Global Dignity’s National Role Models and encourage Canadians to promote a life of dignity for all.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in marking Global Dignity Day in Canada.”

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/10/12/statement-prime-minister-canada-mark-global-dignity-day-canada

ELIZABETH MAY STATEMENT ON GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY 2016

(OTTAWA) October 12, 2016 – Today, the Green Party of Canada is pleased to joinCanadians across the country and 60 other nations in celebrating the 10th annual Global Dignity Day.

“The most important resource of a country is its people,” stated Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich-Gulf Islands). “To reach their full potential, citizens need an environment where they can grow as young people and mature within a safe, healthy, and secure environment and then be encouraged to participate fully in society.”

“Canada has been built on a diversity of cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. Our success as a country is based on our ability to not just tolerate, but to accept and celebrate our differences,” May said. “However, much remains to be done. Any group that works to erode civil society or sow distrust of others will make it more difficult to live up to our traditional values of peace, the rule of law and the common good, and to be a positive force in the community of nations.”

2016 is the first year that Global Dignity Day has received the support of the leaders of every major political party in Canada.

An independent, non-political organization, Global Dignity is focused on empowering young people with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Global Dignity Day is commemorated around the world annually each fall. This year’s theme is: “The many faces of dignity.”

https://www.greenparty.ca/en/media-release/2016-10-11/elizabeth-may-statement-global-dignity-day-2016