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Students capture their culture in Passages Canada photo contest

Two students from Sir Isaac Brock Public School in Brampton, Ontario, have been selected as winners in the Intermediate category of Passages Canada’s Imagine Culture Photo Contest.

The national contest received over 560 submissions from youth aged 5 to 29.

Harman Gosal, a Grade eight student, placed first in the Intermediate category for his piece entitled A Turban’s Symbolism.

The photo explores the many views of the turban and those who wear them in Canada, with Gosal explaining, “Turbans shouldn’t be looked at as a sign of terrorism, they should be looked at for what they really stand for, which is peace.”

Alexia Addo-Nyarko, also in Grade eight, placed third with her piece, Coming A Long Way, which expresses the diversity of communities within Canada and the multitude of lessons she has learned from her peers by practising tolerance.

“This is the work of a new generation of Canadian photographers defining questions of culture and identity,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO of Historica Canada.

“The results are impressive not only in creative terms, but also in expanding our perception of ourselves.”

In its inaugural year, the Passages Canada Imagine Culture Photo Contest encouraged youth ages 5 to 29 across Canada to explore issues of culture, identity, and immigration through photography. Work was juried by a panel from Passages Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages.

More than 1,000 volunteers participate in this storytelling program that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue and strengthens our appreciation for one another in an open spirit that is genuinely Canadian.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.

Posted: Jun 29, 2015

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