Thousands of students and young leaders from across Canada and internationally gathered to celebrate Global Dignity Day alongside one million of their peers in 80 countries. For some of us, this is our ninth year participating in Global Dignity events.
The event featured influencers and the work of creative change makers, including: international singer, song writer, Morris Hayes; internationally acclaimed entertainment for impact innovators, LembasWorks Co-Founder & Founder of Quest, Tara Baswani; visual artist, writer, filmmaker and curator, Assinajaq Weetaluktuk; artists and community-based researchers with Inclusion in Northern Research; Global Dignity International Council of Advisors, human rights activist and Ms World America, Cassandra Wallace; Executive Director of the Centre for Global Education, Terry Godwaldt; and Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, Jennifer Corriero, to name a few.
The keynote speakers included Global Dignity Co-Founder, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund, Mr. Ziauddin Yusafzai, Inuk Role Model, Katelynn Herchak and a special Inclusion in Northern Research musical performance on shared identities from the Quest Collective.
The theme for this year focused on identity and kindness, with an effort to invite students to build inclusive global communities rooted in kindness. This theme builds on Global Dignity’s ongoing #UniteKindness campaign, which aggregates and showcases kindness campaigns around the world.