CBC/Radio-Canada Celebrates 60 Years of Canadian Citizenship - Asking Youth "What it means to be a Canadian"

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - CBC/Radio-Canada, in partnership with
the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and the Citizenship Commission,
is holding a national essay contest for high school students on the meaning of
Canadian citizenship. The essay contest launched across Canada on October
15th, coinciding with Canadian Citizenship Week (October 14-20, 2007).
Students in grades 10 to 12 are invited to answer one of four questions about
Canadian identity and values in a short essay.
    The contest aims to capture young Canadians' imagination by asking, "what
it might mean to be a Canadian in 2017."
    "Citizenship values are at the heart of what it means to be a Canadian.
How we engage with our neighbours, both here and around the world, will be
shaped by the dreams Canadian youth have about our nation's future," said The
Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian

    The national winners will be announced in the first week of December
2007. The national judging panel includes:

    The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Co-Chair of the Institute for
    Canadian Citizenship
    Suhana Meharchand, Anchor, CBC Newsworld
    Shelagh Rogers, Sounds Like Canada, CBC Radio
    Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus, The
    Toronto Star
    Senior Citizenship Judge Michel C. Simard, Citizenship
    Michel Coulombe, Director, Radio Canada International (RCI)
    Monique Giroux, Fréquence Libre, Première Chaîne, Radio-Canada
    Alden E. Habacon, Manager of Diversity Initiatives, CBC English
    Television Networks

    Entrants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, and submissions
in either official language are welcome. For more information on the contest,
on CBC-hosted citizenship ceremonies and Citizenship Week special programming
visit www.cbc.ca/citizenship.

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. CBC/Radio-Canada reaches Canadians through
eight national radio and television networks, its full-service Web sites,
local/regional stations and affiliates, as well as the digital television
channel Country Canada and the continuous music network Galaxie. In addition,
CBC/Radio-Canada has forged partnerships with other broadcasters and is a
partner in the satellite radio service SIRIUS Canada as well as in the
specialty television services ARTV and The Documentary Channel. Through this
array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and cultural
perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and eight
aboriginal languages.

For further information:

For further information: Anu Sahota, CBC Television,
Sahotaa@vancouver.cbc.ca, (604) 662-6561

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