Students invited to participate in Many Faces of Markham contest

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Many Faces of Markham is an annual initiative presented by the City of Markham’s race relations committee.

This initiative supports the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which fell on March 21 this year.

In past years, the community has gathered for this contest. However, due to COVID-19, there will not be any in-person components to the contest in 2021.

This year’s theme is Working Together to Confront Anti-Black Racism. Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 who live in Markham are invited to submit their essays, poetry, video, artwork or spoken word to the Many Faces of Markham contest.

As Markham is committed to being a diverse and inclusive city where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging, the city hopes to offer an opportunity for children and youth to voice their opinions and ideas, generate discussion and promote greater understanding about racism and the impact of racism through the contest.

Submissions close on April 23, and multiple entries are permitted.

Winners will be notified in late May or early June through their school, community organization or directly (based on information provided in the application form). Each winner will receive a certificate and letter signed by Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

For more contest details and forms, please visit

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun