October 28, 2016
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Media Literacy Week is almost here!

Monday, October 31 marks the launch of Media Literacy Week 2016. MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are pumped about all the activities taking place across Canada and the launch event in Ottawa on Monday. We wish to thank all of our partners, collaborators and sponsors for their support and hard work leading up to the week. Good luck to everyone with your events and activities next week, and remember to use the hashtag #MedLitWeek.

National Film Board Highlights Makers & Creators

NFB Education has come up with a rich playlist of documentaries, animated films and apps to mark Media Literacy Week. Reflecting this year’s theme, “Makers and Creators”, the films in the playlist examine the complex relationship between artists and their work, capturing their fascinating creative processes, while the apps are designed to foster in-depth learning and creativity, promoting digital literacy among the young and not-so-young alike.

Watch the NFB playlist for Makers and Creators.

Teacher Feature: Liam O'Donnell

Liam is an award-winning author and educator. He has created 40 graphic novels and books specifically for reluctant readers. He is also an educator who has taught Kindergarten to Grade 8 with the Toronto District School Board. 

Liam and Owl Kids Books have also generously donated advance copies of his newest book: West Meadows Detectives - The Case of Maker Mischief. You can win a free copy by letting us know how you encourage youth to make and create, in one of three ways: We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Collaborator Highlight: Girl Force

Girl Force is a non-profit community that seeks to teach game development skills to girls and women in the Ottawa area. The bulk of the sessions come in classes provided in evenings. They also offer learning tools and resources through their blog and website while their social channels act as a knowledge share network.

Learn more about Girl Force, one of the many outstanding collaborators with MLW 2016!


MILCLICKS is a social media movement led by UNESCO. The acronym MILCLICKS stands for Media and Information Literacy: Critical-thinking, Creativity, Literacy, Intercultural, Citizenship, Knowledge & Sustainability. The objectives of this social media strategy are to use social media to: 1) Expose people to become more media and information literate and to 2) Raise awareness about the importance of media and information literacy.

Through channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, MILCLICKS will help people learn and use Media and Information Literacy (MIL) skills to know where to find credible information and what sources to believe.

As a founding member organization, MediaSmarts is also proud to announce the official launch of the North American Sub-Chapter of UNESCO’s  Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) network.

Our Education Supporters

The support that Media Literacy Week 2016 has received in the education sector – from ministries, teacher associations, and individual educators – has been exceptional! We wish to thank the following teacher organizations who provided financial support this year: Newfoundland Labrador Teachers' Association; Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association; Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario; Nova Scotia Teachers Union; Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and Alberta Teachers' Association

We also wish to extend a special thank you to the Ministry of Education and Training in Manitoba and the Ministry of Education in Saskatchewan for their official recognition of Media Literacy Week this year.

Tag us in your #MedLitWeek posts and share the love!

For more information, visit MediaLiteracyWeek.ca!

Questions? Send us an email at mlw@mediasmarts.ca.

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