Call for Submissions to a Digital Video Art Contest

[NOW CLOSED] — Youth from Muslims communities living across Canada, aged 15 to 30, are invited to submit by August 5, 2017, proposals for a digital video production to be part of a travelling 4th Wall video art exhibition project entitled Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion. Proposals can be for videos containing other art forms including dance, animation, spoken word, and visual art.

Ten submissions will be selected by a jury to be part of this ground-breaking exhibition on Muslim youth to be presented at the “Beyond Labels” 2017 Human Rights Symposium of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in September 2017, alongside other venues in Canada.

Awards for Refugee Youth: Apply Now

[NOW CLOSED] — Refugee and immigrant youth are eligible to apply for $1,000 awards designed to highligt achievement in advancing social change in the following areas: Immigration, School and English/French Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity. Entitled the 2017 Fresh Voices Awards, they recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada. The themes were chose through consultation with immigrant and refugee youth and organizations and communities working in partnership with young people. Youth, aged 14-24, may apply for an award directly, or can nominate someone else to receive an award. Adults can only nominate someone else for an award. All nomination packages must be received by the Fresh Voices Initiative of Vancouver Foundation via e-mail on May 17, 2017, by 5pm PST. For more information: To apply, please visit this page.

Call for Proposals: 2018 Power of the Arts Forum

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invite you to submit a proposal to deliver a presentation at the upcoming Power of the Arts Forum: Leveraging the Arts as Weapons for Peace, which will take place February 16 to 18, 2018, at the Museum.

  • Are you conducting research on the power of the arts, particularly tied to the relation between the arts and peace, the arts and health, the arts and urban planning, the arts and new economies, the arts and inclusion or the arts and democratic participation?
  • Do you use the arts as tools to tackle major social issues: the prevention of homelessness, the empowerment of Black youth, justice and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, inclusion of Muslim communities, the end of homophobia and transphobia, the integration of refugees, the struggle against violence against women, crime prevention and the prevention of extremisms.

If so, you have vital information and experiences to share with your peers coming from Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad, and we invite you to submit a proposal.


Please send us a 500-word summary of your presentation to the Forum Steering Committee, which will select three proposals per theme.

Please find some important information for your submission:

  • Your proposal must be sent to by October 15, 2017, (11:59PM, at the latest);
  • It must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document attachment;
  • Beneath the title of your presentation, you must indicate:
    • The theme you are looking to address (based on the ones listed above);
    • Your title and the name of the organization or institution you represent (if applicable);
    • The city, province, territory and country, where you work.
  • In your document, please explain how your presentation relates to the theme and the overarching aims of the Power of the Arts Forum: Leveraging the Arts as Weapons for Peace

If you have questions or require additional information, feel free to contact Peter Flegel, Director of Programming and Development at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, by email at or by telephone at 613.562-5468.


Michaëlle Jean Foundation to Mark Canada 150 with Ottawa Media Group’s Amazing People

To mark Canada 150, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation is pleased to announce that it is joining with Ottawa Media Group’s (OMG) philanthropic arm, Amazing People to raise funds to empower Canadian youth using arts to improve the quality of life in their communities. A series of Canada 150 celebratory fundraising events will be organized over the course of the year, culminating in this year’s Amazing People Gala, which the couple will attend in October in Ottawa.

Amazing People (AP) started as a TV series on CTV Ottawa and grew to become a fundraising movement, co-founded by Kimothy Walker and OMG Managing Partner Eric Collard. AP now is known for producing quality, unique and entertaining events that focus on amazing community members.

To kick-off their collaboration, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond will be featured contributors in the new commemorative book “OH CANADA! A Celebration of 150 Years,” to which OMG is contributing, in partnership with Joan Weinman and Great River Media (Ottawa Business Journal). It will include feature essays and photographs from the mayors of Canada’s provincial and territorial capitals, among other Canadian luminaries.

This year, the Amazing People Gala, sponsored by Accora Village, will take place October 21st at the Westin Hotel. Ottawa Life Magazine is featuring the nominees in each of its publications between now and October.  The theme of this year’s gala is “Disco Inferno”.

Nominations are now open at Forty people will be honoured that evening at a black tie affair. Other fundraisers will be announced at a later date.

Amazing People also raises money for SchoolBOX, Hera Mission, Project North and the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition. To date, Amazing People has contributed more than $250,000 dollars to help educate children in Canada, Nicaragua and Kenya.