What is the EPCitizen project?
Everyday Political Citizen (EPCitizen) is a project to tell local stories about Canadians' participation in their democracy. At a time when countries across the world are facing crises in their democracies, we want to showcase the individuals holding up Canada's strong political system and contributing to our rich social fabric. Samara profiles the advocates, educators, mobilizers and politicos through traditional and social media. We hope these everyday stories will inspire other Canadians to get involved in Canada's democracy.
How does it work?
From August 30th to October 13th, 2016, Samara is asking YOU to nominate an EPCitizen. Submit the story of how this person strengthens their community in big or small ways. In October, a jury of prominent Canadians will select shortlists in three age categories (under 18, 18-29, 30+). Finally, in January 2017, Rick Mercer will annouce the winners of the Everyday Political Citizen project.
Who should I nominate?
EPCitizen is a project that celebrates ordinary citizens working in different ways to make Canadian democracy better.
Do you know a Hana? She’s a young newcomer, advocating on behalf of her peers at her local school board. What about someone like Mark? He uses creative tools to educate his community about the political process. Or another, Sanaa? She brings out the people in her community by the hundreds to mobilize around issues they care about.
For inspiration, read about last year's nominees.
Has this worked before?
Yes! This year will boast EPCitizen's fourth annual contest. In the past three years, we've received over 800 nominations representing every province and territory in Canada. Scroll through our blog to read last year's nominations.