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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.”