Media Advisory
National Media Education Week 2008 Youth Event
Addressing Young People’s Unethical Online Activities and Behaviours

October 29, 2008


OttawaMedia Awareness Network (MNet), the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and Historica’s Encounters with Canada will host a youth event to celebrate National Media Education Week in Ottawa on November 5, 2008.

The goal of National Media Education Week (November 3-7) is to promote media literacy activities in homes, schools and communities across Canada. This year’s theme—Think Critically, Act Ethically: Inside and Outside the Classroom—encourages young people to be ethical and responsible online citizens.

At the event, youth attending Historica’s Encounters Canada forum will present public service announcements they have created to address unethical activities and behaviours on the Internet, such as harassment and bullying, hacking, illegal downloading, plagiarism and identity theft. The youth will also present a “Code of Ethics” for their schools to encourage peers and younger students to behave ethically online.

The event, which marks the third year for National Media Education Week, will take place on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

Time: 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM: Opening ceremony
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM: Youth presentations
10:30 to 11:00 AM: Interviews and refreshments

Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre
1805 Gaspé Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1K 0A4


Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director, Media Awareness Network


Sarah Crawford, Chair, Media Awareness Network


Emily Noble, President, Canadian Teachers’ Federation


Linda Brunet, Director General, Historica’s Encounters with Canada


Youth presenters, Historica’s Encounters Canada youth forum

Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a not-for-profit Canadian organization whose aim is to help children and youth to develop an informed and critical understanding of media, the techniques used in creating media products and the media's role and influence within society. (

Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) represents nearly 200,000 Canadian teachers across the country. For nearly 90 years, CTF has advanced the cause of children, defended the rights of teachers and promoted a strong public education system. Further, they have championed the increase and strengthening of the practice of media education in Canadian classrooms. (

Historica’s Encounters with Canada is Canada's largest youth forum that has been offering exceptional Canadian youth programming for over 25 years. Over 78,000 youth have lived the quality Encounters with Canada experience so far.


Ann Marie Paquet
, Communications Officer, Media Awareness Network,
613-224-7721, ext. 231,

Francine Filion , Director of Communications, Canadian Teachers' Federation,

Jacinthe Benoit, Director of Communications, Historica’s Encounters with Canada
613-744-1290 ext. 224,

National Media Education Week 2007 sponsors:

Presenting (Gold) sponsor

Bronze sponsors