Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Anna Mhira Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: Viola Desmond - Fight For What is Right

My project is about the life and legacy of Viola Desmond and all her hardships before she became the face of the new ten-dollar bill. In this video, she had made a great effort to serve her community by opposing the segregation law. She fought for what is right and for what she believes in.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing that I learned in my project was that race is not a hindrance to achieve your dreams or goals in life. Pursue your dreams no matter how hard, no matter how hopeless. Always find a way and explore every opportunity. In the end, you will be rewarded for your hard work with a sweet taste of success.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Nowadays, people are treated equally, the segregation and discrimination were prohibited anywhere. Power, opportunities, privileges, and rights are equal for everybody. These kinds of balances create a better community and a better place to live in. From this project, I learned how racism separates us from people without any valid reason. This kind of norm should not have a place in our community, let the change start from ourselves, respect and accept one another weakness and differences because nobody is perfect.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

In today's world, we can choose freely and explore better opportunity like every other people. Equality for man and women is greatly imposed. Respect one another to have a better place to live in. Unlike before, discrimination is all over the place, people were separated by unwritten rules, rules that made people divided.

  • Nic

    You did an amazing video Anna! Great story and research. Indeed, discrimination separate us with one another without any valid reason. Good luck!
    20/06/2018 9:42:23 PM

  • Nic

    You did an amazing video Anna! Great story and research. Indeed, discrimination separate us with one another without any valid reason. Good luck!
    20/06/2018 9:21:54 PM

  • Ms. A

    Everytime I will see a $10 bill, It will remind me of Viola Desmond and what she contribute to our history. Thanks for choosing this topic.
    20/06/2018 5:07:51 PM

  • Len

    Win or Loss, what is important is the lesson that you learnt. Great Job Anna.
    20/06/2018 5:05:20 PM

  • Lhala

    Equality no matter who we are and what we are is the best thing to do. Respect on another. Great Job Anna
    20/06/2018 5:03:38 PM

  • Mel

    It's very surprising that in a multicultural ad diverse country, segregation law exist before. Good to know.
    20/06/2018 5:01:15 PM

  • Leon

    Pursue your dream no matter what is the color of your skin. Like that idea.
    20/06/2018 4:58:37 PM

  • Rizza

    A perfect timing that viola Desmond become face of the new $10 bill. To remind us what she did at what the impact of the segregation law.
    20/06/2018 4:51:56 PM

  • Rosario D.

    Good choice of topic. That's what we need here in Canada. Great Job
    20/06/2018 4:49:47 PM

  • Rubie

    Very convincing! I love it.
    20/06/2018 4:47:56 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.