Nanisiniq’s Curtis Konek named as national role model
OTTAWA, October 1, 2012 – Inuit student and Canadian Ranger Curtis Konek of Arviat, Nunavut has been named a national role model for Global Dignity Day Canada 2012.
Curtis joins the ranks of Conservative Senator Yonah Martin, NDP MP Niki Ashton, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, TakingITGlobal Founder Jennifer Corriero and renowned Buddhist monk and scientist Mattieu Ricard, who are just a few of the national role models supporting the October 17, 2012 international day which focuses on empowering young people with dignity.
“It is a great honor for me to work with students around the world to promote the concept that everyone has the right to lead a dignified life,” said Konek, a Grade 12 student and traditional knowledge researcher with the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project. “The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.”
Like many Inuit youth, Konek has had to confront bullying, the effects of poverty and many other challenging social conditions. As a positive role model for youth in his community on the western coast of Hudson Bay, Curtis has made a positive impact in his community as a volunteer and mentor to almost 200 Junior Canadian Rangers. As a national role model he will contribute to a day that reaches more than 350,000 students in 50 countries around the world.
Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. It aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.
This year marks the second year that Canada has participated in this initiative. Schools, teachers and young leaders across the country and globally are getting involved by hosting school-wide or classroom specific events. As well, young people are being encouraged to submit their own dignity stories to the Global Dignity website, so they can be shared with students throughout the world.
To register your school or for more information, please visit www.globaldignity.ca.