Media Advisory - Ottawa students launch Media Literacy Week

October 31, 2017

OTTAWA – Ottawa high school students will kick off the 12th annual national Media Literacy Week on November 6 by learning how to create welcoming digital environments. Hosted by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and MediaSmarts, this year’s Media Literacy Week focuses on diversity and inclusion online.

Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, will open the launch event which features workshops delivered by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, MediaSmarts, Twitter, Instagram and Hands On Media Education to over 100 high school students. Stand-up comic Shelina Merani will speak to students about challenging stereotypes and diversity in a connected world.


Lisgar Collegiate Institute, 29 Lisgar St, Ottawa


Monday, November 6, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


  • Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women
  • Shelina Merani, stand-up comic and human rights activist
  • H. Mark Ramsankar, President, CTF
  • Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director, MediaSmarts
  • Jessie Currell, Director, Hands On Media Education

Collaborating organizations across the country and around the world participate in Media Literacy Week each year by promoting media and digital literacy and organizing educational activities.


This launch event is not open to the public. Media wishing to attend must register in advance by emailing [email protected].



Liz Berman, Marketing and Communications Manager, [email protected], 613-224-7721 x231


Francine Filion, Director of Communications, [email protected], 613-688-4314

About MediaSmarts

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Its vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. @MediaSmarts

About CTF

Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is a non-profit organization and a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent over 238,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada