Sharing Our Cultures (SOC), Incorporated, is a registered not-for-profit provincial organization whose mandate is to promote the values of multiculturalism and intercultural relations within a bilingual and multicultural Canadian society. SOC provides an inclusive service to all communities through a school-approved program which offers high school youth opportunities to develop leadership, management, research, literacy, English-French language, and public-speaking skills.
SOC and Memorial University’s Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), collaborated on a project entitled: Canada 150 Youth Video Festival Celebration. This project engaged and encouraged high school youth from Indigenous, French official language minority, ethnocultural, and local communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to create three-to-five-minute videos in their language of choice about what Canada means to them, in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary.
The video project aimed to encourage youth to build a deeper understanding of Canada, its people and what it means to be Canadian. Students across the island submitted a total of 12 videos, five of which were awarded cash prizes by a panel of volunteer judges. CITL developed instructional resources and an instructional video for students on how to produce quality videos. The videos were showcased at a public festival celebration at Memorial University in June 2017 where the students were recognized and celebrated for their achievements.
The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada, with support from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.