January 22nd, 2021

Local youth a finalist in national video contest

By Mo Cranker on October 11, 2016.

Grade 9 student Iqmat Iyiola has been named one of 26 students who will attend a youth forum in Ottawa in late November. She said she is honoured to be chosen and excited to share her ideas with other students from around the country. --NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER


A local student has been named one of 26 finalists out of 200 entrants in the National Young Citizens program, for her video on Canadian immigration.

Grade 9 student Iqmat Iyiola will travel to Ottawa as part of a youth forum, where she will share her video and ideas with other finalists from across the country. Iyiola said she is looking forward to her trip to Ottawa.

“I’m very excited to go to Ottawa and share my video with a bunch of people my age,” she said. “I learned a lot while making this video, so it will be neat to hear what everyone else has to say about their topics.”

The video, which is four minutes long, features people from multiple backgrounds saying the phrase “I am Canadian,” as well as video clips about immigration and images showing different waves of immigration.

Iyiola and her family immigrated to British Columbia in 2013 from Ireland, before moving to Alberta in 2015 and she said her experience moving to Canada is what inspired her to create her video.

“I’ve always been really interested in the movement of people and after moving across the world to get here I wanted to learn more about the other people who also immigrated to Canada over the years,” she said.

Iyiola’s video, alongside other finalists, can be found on the Canada’s History Website, http://www.canadashistory.ca under the Young Citizens “Find a Young Citizen” tab.

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