Enter video contest to take a stand against racism on P.E.I.

Published on February 29, 2016

The winners of the 2015 vdeo prize are Edna Nino-Esparza, Adrienne Wright, their teacher, Francis Squire and Madelyn Campbell (missing photo is teammate Katie Wight). The deadline to enter the 2016 competition is March 9.

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March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and to mark the day, the multicultural education program of the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada is co-ordinating its fourth annual anti-racism challenge, a creative competition for Island students in Grades 7-12.

Entries are being accepted in the form of written text (maximum 12 pages, 12-point font), posters (sizes 8.5 x11 or 11 x17 inches, with either hand-drawn or computer-generated artwork available for pick up after the contest) or video (between 90 to 120 seconds).

The purpose of the challenge is to engage intermediate and high school students in a creative process to express their ideas and feelings on the topic of anti-racism.

Students are encouraged to explore the meaning of anti-racism (not anti-bullying or anti-violence) prior to developing their submission.

In each category, contestants (solo or working in a group) may submit no more than one entry.

Prizes will be judged blind by a panel of three judges with prizes awarded in each category. If there are a large number of entries, honourable mentions may be given.

Prizes are $200 for the winner, plus $200 for his or her school, with second place getting $100 and third place $50.

“We hope the current focus on refugees and immigration in Canada will encourage even more entries in the challenge,” says Suna Houghton, multicultural educator at the newcomers association.

“We are looking forward to

Island students have to say and illustrate on this important topic.”

All competition rules and the entry form can be found at peianc.com or students can ask their teacher.

Submit entries by mail or in person to the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada at 49 Water St., Charlottetown, P.E.I., C1A 1A3, email (PDFs of written work or dropbox links to videos) to Suna Houghton at suna@peianc.com or deliver to the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown, the Morell Public Library or the Summerside Rotary Library.

Entries are to be emailed, mailed and postmarked or dropped off at library locations or the P.E.I. ANC no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 9.