2017 Events

Launch Event

Monday, November 6, 2017, 9:30 AM – Ottawa, Ontario: Lisgar Collegiate Institute, 29 Lisgar St

Media Literacy Week will be launched November 6 at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in the nation’s capital. MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation are hosting over 100 high school students to hear from Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, and participate in hands-on workshops with partners including the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Twitter, Instagram and Hands On Media. We’ll be sharing highlights of the launch on MediaSmarts’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, so follow #MedLitWeek for coverage of this event and many others happening during the week.


Two Wapikoni Shorts at the 2017 ImagineNATIVE Festival

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario

Wapikoni shorts Heather Condos’s My Father’s Tools and George Annanack’s Inuk Hunter will be screening at the 2017 edition of Toronto’s Indigenous film festival ImagineNATIVE.

Wapikoni Short at United Nations Association Film Festival

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Palo Alto, California

Wapikoni short Heather Condo’s short film My Father’s Tools will be screening at the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). Yet another notch on this short film’s belt that continues to tour the world!

Twelve Wapikoni Shorts at Quebec’s Intercultural Storytelling Festival

Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:30 AM – Montreal, Quebec: Grande Bibliothèque auditorium, 475 boul. De Maisonneuve E

Twelve Wapikoni shorts will be screening at the 2017 edition of the Festival interculturel du conte du Québec (Quebec’s Intercultural Storytelling Festival).

2017 Arlington International Film Festival

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Arlington, Massachusetts

Three short films directed by Wapikoni filmmakers will be part of the 2017 Arlington International Film Festival.

JAYU’s iAM Exhibition

Friday, November 3, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario: Daniels Spectrum Building, 2nd Floor, 585 Dundas St E

What does moving forward from an unjust legacy look like?

The 2017 iAM exhibition explores reconciliation through the personal stories of Indigenous youth. Over the summer, nine participants took part in a two-week photography mentorship program, run by JAYU in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

The youth were guided through storytelling workshops to record and reflect on personal experiences with the support of Dave Skene, a mentor from the Métis community. Additionally, 20 outstanding emerging and established photographers provided mentorship and skill-sharing sessions, allowing the youth to express themselves through the medium of photography. iAM 2017 is an opportunity to share their stories and celebrate the culmination of their hard work.

The gallery is an initiative of JAYU, a Canadian registered charity whose mission is to share human rights stories through the arts and engaging dialogue. Get your free tickets to the grand opening now!

Embrace Film Screening

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00 PM – Ottawa, Ontario: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St

On the eve of Media Literacy Week, Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre is pleased to present Embrace, a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image, and the role that media and the advertising industry have played in creating a culture of body shaming and body loathing among women and girls.

Get your free tickets now!

Wapikoni Shorts in Halifax

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:00 PM – Halifax, Nova Scotia: Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St

Wapikoni Cinema on Wheels is stopping in Halifax with its amazing, award-winning shorts directed by Indigenous youth from Eastern Canada! The screening is part of “Wapikoni From Coast to Coast: Reconciliation Through the Media Arts”, and will be in English, French and Indigenous languages.

Online Pop-up Newsroom

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, November 10, 2017 – Online using hashtags #MedLitWeek and #BeMediaLit

During Media Literacy Week 2017, students in the Journalism Department at California State University, Northridge will create an innovative virtual news cooperative to harness the positive power of media to promote inclusiveness, engage underrepresented voices and connect diverse communities.

It’s easy to join the Pop-up Newsroom. All you have to do is cover your media literacy event like a journalist and tweet, post and share on social media using the hashtags for Media Literacy Week and the Pop-Up Newsroom: #SemEduMedias and #BeMediaLit.

Everyone who participates will help spread media and information literacy by collaborating with students and colleagues around the world!

Columbia University Teachers College and Teach Away Media Literacy Week Resources

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, November 10, 2017 – By email

Join Teachers College, Columbia University and leading education professional development platform Teach Away for a free week-long online event recognizing Media Literacy Week, featuring expert insights from award-winning educator and digital literacy expert Dr. Detra Price-Dennis, Assistant Professor of Elementary & Inclusive Education.

RSVP for the free event and receive one email a day featuring:

  • Insights from Dr. Detra Price-Dennis
  • Classroom resources (including a mini guide to apps in the classroom!)
  • Lesson plans
  • And much more!

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre celebrates Media Literacy Week on Radio Regent

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, November 10, 2017 –

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre will be Celebrating national Media Literacy Week on Radio Regent with a special series supporting inclusion and access in a brave, new digital world. Check out their amazing line-up and tune in to listen at, which is now available on 10 mobile apps with listeners from 143 countries and counting! Be a part of it!

Interview with Simona Ramkisson, director of The Hive Toronto Learning Network
Monday, November 6, 2017, 1:00 to 1:30 PM EST

We will chat with her about the progress at The Hive, what it’s all about, the programs and services it offers, and how it feels it contributes to the spirit of inclusion in a growing digital world, such as its recent youth program, Capture, to support online safe spaces and anti-bullying efforts.

Interview with Craig Carter-Edwards, Logistics Team of MigraHack and Co-Founder, Welcome Home TO
Monday, November 6, 2017, 1:30 to 2:00 PM EST

We will chat with Craig about the upcoming Migrahack event, which teaches people data analysis skills to understand current trends in migration and how to tell a tale of human connectedness from their data findings, showcasing just how a digitalized world can truly bring people together.

Interview with Josh Dyer, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator of Myseum Toronto
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:00 to 6:30 PM EST

Josh will talk to us about their upcoming exhibit Music From People City, a celebration of music and its progression in the Toronto’s social scene. From record shops, to venues, to different genres, Josh will tell us about how music has changed over the years, and how it connects us to one another.

Youth-led Panel Discussion
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 to 7:00 PM EST

Led by co-host Diamond Bailey, we will talk to youth directly about the growing changes and trends in an increasingly digitized global culture. Some topics to explore are new phenomena like “trolling,” new social cultures in YouTube and social media in general, what that all means, and how the advent of social media has helped connect us in spite of the challenges it has also presented.


Indigenous Youth Radio in partnership with Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:00 to 5:00 PM EST

Today’s discussion will highlight the use of media for cultural dissemination purposes, where once it was primarily an oral tradition. How do we reconcile the traditional with the modern, and what does it mean to be a young person in today’s digital era? The conversation will centre on the pros and cons of technology as a means to respect tradition and the inherent risk of cultural appropriation.

Interview with Ron Deibert, political science professor at The University of Toronto and Director of The Citizen Lab
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4:00 to 5:00 PM EST

We will chat with Ron about what The Citizen Lab does, how it uses information technology to create transparency in our digital age, and how this allows for a more inclusive space, allowing outspoken voices to not be shut down in any political climate that censors free speech.

Interview with Yomi Olalere, creator of the International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference and Founder of the Ontario College of Management and Technology
Friday, November 10, 2017, 2:00 to 2:30 PM EST

With Yomi, we will discuss the conference and the diverse list of professionals involved to help paint a picture of how cyber security is a cross-sectoral concern and challenge for all of us. By understanding the challenges to inclusion, we can learn how to create and maintain it.

Media Literacy and Citizen Journalism Panel Discussion
Friday, November 10, 2017, 2:30 to 3:00 PM EST

As we wrap up 2017’s Media Literacy Week, we will have an exciting panel discussion with guest journalists and youth to talk about what was learned about our growing digital world, how we can foster inclusion and a space and voice for everyone, and some of the challenges we are currently facing, and what we have to anticipate for the future.

“Privacy in the Networked Classroom” Workshop

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Niagara Falls, Ontario: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Fallsview Theatre A, 6815 Stanley Avenue

Teachers, librarians, and educational tech staff: Bring your on-the-ground experience of online networking in classrooms and your knowledge of privacy issues to the eQuality Project’s Privacy in the Networked Classroom workshop, as part of the Bring IT Together Annual Conference.

Screening of Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30 PM – Kingston, Ontario: Queen’s University, Dunning Room 11, 99 University Ave

Queen’s Fashion Network is hosting a special screening of Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image for Media Literacy Week, featuring a Q&A with Associate Producer Madison Schill.

Wapikoni Screening at the Museum of Vancouver

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 PM – Vancouver, British Columbia: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St

Quebec-based Wapikoni‘s Indigenous youth film and music production collective is bringing a travelling audio-visual production studio to Vancouver for the first time! Join the Museum of Vancouver for a special screening of documentary and performance based short films produced by indigenous youth and young adults developed from Wapikoni’s multi media training workshops.

Learn more and get your tickets!


Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

Friday, November 10, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario: National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr

The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival showcases the best queer cinema from Canada and around the world. The event has received a warm welcome from the queer community in the region, building partnerships with local businesses and LGBT organizations and experiencing healthy growth in attendance each year.

Reel Asian’s Festival Youth Programme

Friday, November 10, 2017 to Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario, TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3, 350 King St W

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival‘s Festival Youth Programme is comprised of a selection of films and videos about diverse Asian cultures and social issues by young directors from Canada and around the world. It aims to introduce youth to film and video as vehicles for cultural and political advocacy, and includes discussions about the ideas behind work with selected directors and film / media arts experts.

Media Literacy Week is proud to be a community supporter of these four screenings that reflect our theme of “Inclusion in a Connected World: A Place and a Voice for Everyone.”

Been Here So Long Friday, November 10, 2017, 6:00 PM

Unsung Voices 6 Monday, November 13, 2017, 9:00 PM

Intimate Labours Monday, November 13, 2017, 1:00 PM

Field of Touch Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 1:00 PM





















Five Wapikoni Shorts at El Pueblo History Museum

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Colorado

Five Wapikoni shorts will be screening at El Pueblo’s History Museum in Colorado during the Indigenous Film Festival.

Aurora’s Youth Innovation Fair

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 PM – Aurora, Ontario: Aurora Family Leisure Complex, 135 Industrial Pkwy N

In celebration of Canada’s 150, the Town of Aurora is pleased to announce the first Aurora’s Youth Innovation Fair! The fair will feature the most innovative ideas and inventions created by youth. Community and industry judges will review all projects and select category winners for each age group. Entries can include but are not limited to technology, science, performance, conservation or building projects.






PREVNet Youth Town Hall

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 4:30 PM – Gatineau, Quebec: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St

In partnership with Facebook Canada, the town hall discussion will feature virtual and live components, allowing youth voices from across Canada to participate in this important conversation on what healthy relationships look like and how they can be supported. Additionally, PREVNet’s 15-member National Youth Advisory Committee will officially launch their evidence-based, public education campaign, Mobilizing Youth to Create a Caring and Respectful Canada: Hear our Voices, about the importance of healthy relationships.

Media Democracy Day

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 AM – Vancouver, British Columbia: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 W Georgia St

Join The Media Democracy Project for their 16th annual free public conference! Come unpack the idea of solutions media and help brainstorm next steps for how media can be a vehicle for deeper public engagement. What works? What’s next? Come, collaborate, help invent the next wave of solutions-focused media.

Spectrum Productions 8th Annual Fundraising Gala

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:00 PM – Montreal, Quebec: The Rialto Theatre, 5723 Park Ave

Spectrum Productions is a non-profit organization that targets individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by providing unique social, creative, and vocational programs to individuals who are passionate about film, media and animation. Come celebrate the work of over 60 youth, aged 8-25 on the autism spectrum who participated in their 2017 camps. A selection of films will be screened at this family-friendly gala along with food, drinks and a silent auction.

Get your tickets or contact Spectrum Productions for more information at or 514-448-1644.





Bridging Our Diversities: 8th Annual International Conference on Human Rights Education

Thursday, November 30, 2017 to  Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Montreal, Quebec

Equitas’s International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is the forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to explore innovative education solutions to global challenges. This 3.5-day conference will assemble 300 participants from all over the world for practical workshops and insightful sessions featuring the latest tools, knowledge and good practices in human rights education.

2016 Events

Launch Event

Monday, October 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Museum of Nature

Media Literacy Week will be launched October 31 at the Canadian Museum of Nature in the nation’s capital. MediaSmarts and the CTF are hosting over 120 students from across the country who are participating in Historica Canada’s Encounters with Canada program. Also joining is the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women. The event includes hands-on workshops with partners from Instagram,Twitter, Actua, and Ladies Learning Code in partnership with Shopify. We’ll be sharing highlights of the launch on MediaSmarts’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, so follow #MedLitWeek for coverage of this event and many others happening during the week.

De-Coding Horror

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 9:00 AM Eastern Time

With the goal to provide educators with the most Halloween ready and comprehensive resource to enrich classroom conversation, De-Coding Horror will be an online resource featuring an exclusive Media Literacy Week pre-recorded conversation with genre expert, Dr. Barry Keith Grant of Brock University, along with teacher-ready lesson plans. Dr. Grant is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and he has won numerous awards including the national Outstanding Academic Award of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Developed and hosted by Anthony Perrotta of Chaminade College School in Toronto, all classroom ready resources will be ready for teacher access on Sunday October 30 at 9:00am.

Visit for more details. 

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 11:00 AM – Edmonton, Alberta: Film Alberta Studios

The Director’s Cut is cordially inviting your young film maker to participate in our special Halloween-themed stop-motion animation workshop at Film Alberta Studios on Sunday October 30, 2016. The event begins at 11:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.   During our 4 hr workshop, young film makers between the ages of 8 – 13 will work in small crews to create Halloween themed claymation shorts.  Hungry film makers will also join us for a pizza lunch and some treats to start the holiday off in a sweet way!  The fee for the workshop is only $10.00 per participant!

For further information on how to register, please email

Playful Thinking


Monday, October 31, 2016, from 12-1 PM Eastern Time

Join this panel of experts as they discuss the social, political, cultural, and pedagogical role of games and play in the 21st century. Topics include studying, creating, and critiquing games and the importance of play in developing critical thinking and digital literacy skills.

Find more information and watch the livestream at

Regent Park Focus: Full Week of Events


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Friday, November 4, 2016 various locations in Toronto, Ontario

The Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre will be hosting a series of events, tours, workshops and panel discussions. This is a wonderful exploration of youth media creation with television, radio, video games, copyright, and education.

See the full listing of events and participate, in person or online!

Camp Tech Workshops

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

Camp Tech is hosting a series of workshops over Media Literacy Week that feature variety of digital technology topics. Workshops include:

Twitter Chat: #MLWChat

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 7-8 PM Eastern Time – #MLWChat on Twitter

MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation will host a Twitter chat with the hashtag #MLWChat. We’ll be focusing on the theme of Makers and Creators – it’s an open discussion, and we invite all collaborators and educators to participate.

Twitter Chat: #K12Media

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 8-9 PM Eastern Time – #K12Media on Twitter

MediaSmarts and the Association for Media Literacy will co-host a Twitter chat with the hashtag #K12Media on Wednesday, November 2 from 8-9 PM Eastern Time. This weekly Twitter chat invites educators from across the country to discuss current media education issues, and this Media Literacy Week chat will focus on the theme of Makers and Creators.

While anyone can participate in this chat, it’s commonly frequented by teachers and focusing on teacher-specific topics.

Code & Creativity for kids

Thursday, November 3, from 9 – 11:30 AM and 12:30 – 3 PM, Montreal, Quebec: Notman House (51 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest)

Outstanding organizations kidsCODEjeunesse and Hands On Media Education will host workshops on coding with scratch and stop-motion animation with iPads at Notman House in central Montreal. These two sessions are offered being offered for free to English (morning) and French-speaking (afternoon) students in Montreal. Press are welcome to attend.

Making things…and making things private

Thursday, November 3, from 2 – 7 PM, Montreal, Quebec: Concordia University

In the context of Media Literacy Week across Candada and in collaboration with LEARN Québec join Concordia on Thursday November 3rd from 2pm to 7pm for three super exciting events. First, a mini-maker faire with a set of four stations with specific themes and technologies on each table. Participants will rotate to explore the different tables to explore: electronic circuits, robotics and creative programming for kids, game pads makey makey, motors, robotics and LEDs. Second, a fabrication showcase will be setup where you can explore various projects that have been made by participants. Last, the official launch of “Define Privacy” an interactive documentary that explores how youth define and understand privacy in their lives.

Learn more and register for the free events at Concordia.

Maker Kids at Corus Entertainment

Friday, November 4, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario: Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment, which includes YTV, Treehouse, and Teletoon, will be hosting Maker Kids and a group of local grade 3-4 students for a visit and learning experience. The visit will include learning to code through Scratch in a 2-hour workshop, plus a set tour of The Zone, where they can engage in questions about the set. This is an awesome opportunity for these students to learn about many different ways media can be constructed!

Islamophobia, the Media, and You!


Saturday, November 5, f2016, rom 10 AM – 5 PM, Ottawa, Ontario: Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Join the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) for a conversation, aimed at ages 18-30, around islamophobia and the media. The event includes Just Jamaal, spoken word artist; Oussayma Canbarieh, documentary maker; and Nilufer Rahman, Snow Angel Films. The event is being supported by the Inspirit Foundation.

Digital Storytelling for Educators

Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 10 AM – 4 PM, Montreal, Quebec: Rubika

As part of this year’s Media Literacy Week, and in partnership with Rubika, we are very excited to announce a FREE Digital Storytelling for Educators workshop in Montreal November 5th in Mile End. Bring your own Mac iPad or laptop, and learn everything you need to know to create your own Digital Story, and how you can introduce this powerful digital media project with your students!

To learn more about the value of Digital Storytelling in the classroom, check out a recent article written by Hands On Media Director Jessie Curell.

Register for the workshop.