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?
Through the Fall of 2016, Samara crowdsourced nominations for EPCitizens. In November, a jury of prominent Canadians will select shortlists in three age categories (under 18, 18-29, 30+). Finally, on December 8th, 2016, Rick Mercer will annouce the winners of the Everyday Political Citizen project.
Who is an EPCitizen?
EPCitizens are 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.
Meet the 2016 EPCitizen 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.