Canadians Invited to Share their #Maplewish for Canada’s Next 150 Years and Discover Unique Places Around Them

Toronto — Friday, September 30th — TakingITGlobal is pleased to announce the selection of Explore150 as an official Signature Initiative of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The Explore150 online platform (www.explore150.ca) will grow to map over 25,000 Canadian sites of cultural, natural and historical significance across the country, allowing Canadians and visitors to easily discover unique places around them. Explore150’s #MapleWish invites Canadians to submit their wish for Canada’s next 150 years and will launch an interactive platform showcasing these wishes next year.

“We are excited to invite Canadians of all ages to imagine Canada in 2167 — what do they wish for their communities and our national potential? Simply by sharing these wishes with us through their preferred social media tools with the hashtag #MapleWish, we’ll gather, showcase and celebrate their dreams” said Jennifer Corriero, TakingITGlobal’s Executive Director.

On October 1st, a national collaborative art piece will be unveiled at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of Nuit Blanche celebrations. The piece commissioned by Explore150 will feature emerging artists from all 13 provinces and territories expressing their individual #MapleWish for Canada through their piece of a maple leaf mosaic forming the Canada 150 logo.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation offers a chance to engage and inspire Canadians — especially young people — and invite them to document and celebrate their connection to the places in their communities that are most important to them,” said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “With the Explore150 project, TakingITGlobal is making it possible for us to discover the cultural treasures of several communities across the country through the eyes of our youth. I invite Canadians to take part in this enriching journey. Set out in search of Canada, and let young people be your guide!”

TakingITGlobal Executive Director Jennifer Corriero with The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage (Photo Credit: Stephanie Lake, The Canadian Press)

Over the coming year, Canadians will have the opportunity to share their wishes and explore what it means to be Canadian through a variety of local events and initiatives. A national showcase featuring unique local & national submissions will travel across the country at partner institutions, highlighting an inclusive diversity of perspectives gathered from coast to coast to coast. One exhibition will visually project the wishes of Canadians (submitted through the hashtag) across national monuments, and the project will culminate in a wishbook being created and presented to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the end of 2017.

The free Explore150 app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store to start exploring while on the go. To stay informed on Explore150’s plan for the national showcase, follow us on Twitter (@Explore150), Instagram (@Explore150), Facebook and via hashtag #Explore150. For more information, visit Explore150.ca

About TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal is a global online community that empowers young people to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. Often described as a “social network for social good,” the award-winning www.tigweb.org is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended give young people the tools they need to succeed.