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

RONA AMBROSE, LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ISSUES STATEMENT ON GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY

Conservative Party of Canada | October 12, 2016

Rona Ambrose, Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on 10th anniversary of Global Dignity Day:

“October 12th is the 10th anniversary of Global Dignity Day, a worldwide movement that encourages young people to lead lives of mutual respect and dignity.

Today, thousands of young people across Canada will be among the 500,000 students around the world learning to express what dignity means to them, and how the people around them shape their own sense of personal dignity and self-respect.

I was pleased to offer my support to Global Dignity Day as a National Role Model in 2013. After a decade of outreach, this movement has touched over 1.5 million young people around the world, and will bring the message to many more in the years ahead.

I invite Canadians to join in today’s celebration of Global Dignity Day, and to encourage themselves and others to treat every day as an opportunity to live with dignity and mutual respect.”

http://media.conservative.ca/en/statements/rona-ambrose-leader-of-the-official-opposition-issues-statement-on-global-dignity-day

GRAND COUNCIL TREATY #3 PROUD TO SUPPORT KIIZHIK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ON GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY

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October 12, 2016

Grand Council Treaty #3 proud to support Kiizhik elementary students on Global Dignity Day

The Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 is proud to support the elementary students from Kiizhik Education Centre who participated in Global Dignity Day Canada. The students opened the event with a traditional Flag Song and prayer in the Anishinaabe language.

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh stated “It is an exciting day for the children who attend Kiizhik Gakinoo’amaadiiwi’gamig. It is important for us to showcase the talents of our youngest generation as they demonstrate pride in their language and culture.”

In 2014, the First Nations communities of Bimose Tribal Council established the Kiizhik Education Corporation. The vision of our Elders and leaders was to establish an Anishinaabe school to teach and practice our culture, language, and traditions in an academic setting.

Global Dignity Day Canada 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. It links together hundreds of students across the country as part of its national event.

Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3) is the Traditional government of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3.

http://www.gct3.ca/2016/10/12/grand-council-treaty-3-proud-to-support-kiizhik-elementary-students-on-global-dignity-day/

NDP CELEBRATES GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY

October 12th, 2016

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement on Global Dignity Day:

“Today New Democrats join Canadians, and people in 60 countries around the world celebrating the 10th annual Global Dignity Day. The Global Dignity movement empowers young people with the concept that every human being possesses a universal right to lead a dignified life. As an independent, non-profit, non-political organization, Global Dignity has had an impact on over 1.5 million young people, including the thousands of students in Canada participating today. New Democrats share the belief that all people have a right to live a dignified life and we encourage every Canadian to honour this principle, today and every day. Happy Global Dignity Day!”

https://www.ndp.ca/news/ndp-celebrates-global-dignity-day

GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY WILL CELEBRATE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON PARLIAMENT HILL

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Ottawa, October 11, 2016 – Tomorrow, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders will gather in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day.

Hosted on Parliament Hill, the national event will link seven schools and students from Nunavut to Nova Scotia, through a live videoconference.

These students will join 500,000 of their peers in more than 60 countries to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

Who: Students and teachers across seven schools in Canada

What: The national celebration of Global Dignity Day’s tenth anniversary

When: October 12, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Parliament of Canada – Room C-120, 1 Wellington Street, Ottawa

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.

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

MRS. UNIVERSE JOINS THOUSANDS FOR GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY

Ottawa, October 21, 2015 – Today, thousands of students across Canada joined 400,000 of their peers, in over 60 countries, in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day.

This year’s celebration of Global Dignity Day in Canada, hosted by 1125@Carleton, at Carleton University, connected students and young leaders from Kitiganzibi High School and Carleton University, with 2,000 students from coast-to-coast through a live international videoconference.

The videoconference livestream can be viewed here.

Highlights of today’s event included a throat singing performance from Arviat, Nunavut, and dignity stories from Rwandan Genocide survivor and public speaker, Emery Rutagonya, and Global Dignity Canada’s National Role Model, Ashley Callingbull (recently named Mrs. Universe).

“I think [Global Dignity Day] is so important because we should always be proud of who we are,” Mrs. Callingbull said in a video released today for Global Dignity Canada.

“The only thing that’s important is how we feel about ourselves, and the life we lead.”

Approximately two minutes in length, the video is now available online and can be shared in classrooms and youth centres across the country. See Mrs. Callingbull’s full video here: http://bit.ly/1M68jz1.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, 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:

Olivia Bechthold
National Events Champion
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489