The Kick-Off Event / l'activité inaugurale (traduction française en cours)

On Thursday November 4, 2010, at George Waters Middle School in Winnipeg, the official kick-off of Media Literacy Week in Manitoba occurred and the Blurred Images Challenge was introduced.

Image courtesy of The Manitoba Teachers' Society and used with permission.

Agenda for the kick-off included:
  • Opening remarks and welcome on behalf of Manitoba Education given by Darren Kuropatwa from Bureau de l'éducation française.
  • Welcome from Manitoba Teachers’ Society given by Ms. Pat Isaak, President of MTS.
  • Welcome from St. James-Assiniboia School Division, host of the event, given by Mr. Ron Weston, Chief Superintendent of St. James-Assiniboia SD
  • Presentation by Ryan Miller and some of his students, from Brooklands School, explaining the process they went through to write and create the “Blurred Images” song. Followed by the playing of the music video of the song.
  • Presentation by George Waters Middle School students speaking about the affect media has on their self image. They presented a video they created called “I am Beautiful” where courageous middle years students stood up and said that they were beautiful just the way they are. They also challenged the media to portray women and men in a more realistic manner.
  • Presentation by St. James Collegiate students expressing their thoughts and feelings about the portrayal of women and men in the media. They also introduced the Blurred Images website and invited K-12 students from across Manitoba to address the theme by creating a multimedia response.

Media Coverage of the Kick-Off
The following list contains links to some of the media coverage of the kick-off event. (More links will be added as they are discovered.)