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Children From Across Canada Celebrate Global Dignity Day in Classrooms and on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, October 17, 2012 – Participation in Global Dignity Day Canada more than doubled this year over last with 53 schools and almost 9,000 students nationally registering to participate online or in person. The video conference can be streamed online from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. here: http://www.livestream.com/globalencounters.

“Global Dignity Day Canada was another great success this year with Canadian students joining more than 350,000 other students in 50 countries from around the world to promote the importance of human dignity,” said Giovanna Mingarelli, the Chair of Global Dignity Day Canada.

“We are most grateful to our national role models who took the time to meet with these young people in person or to talk with them online about how they can positively affect and enrich the lives of others through their own actions and choices.”

The focus of Global Dignity Day 2012 was on bullying and how treating everyone with dignity can help fight bullying. It aimed 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.

A Global Dignity Day event on Parliament Hill today drew students from Arviat, Nunavut to Burnaby, British Columbia and involved politicians of all stripes, including Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, Conservative Senator Yonah Martin, and NDP MP Niki Ashton. Along with other national role models, they participated in videos that were available online to Canadian schools, many of which held assemblies to celebrate this day.

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.

This year marks the second year that Canada has participated in Global Dignity Day nationally. For more information and to view our videos, please visit www.globaldignity.ca.

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