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Explore the diversity of Canadian spirituality in the free NFB Virtual Classroom The Faith Project


The Faith Project collage

October 21, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

On October 26 starting at 1:30 p.m. (EDT), a new National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Virtual Classroom will explore how different religious practices co-exist in multicultural Canada.

Focusing on the interactive web documentary The Faith Project, this free Virtual Classroom looks at the belief systems of several young Canadians, with surprising commonalities emerging between faiths. The 45-minute live event examines how spirituality can occupy a place at the heart of a busy life—through choice, not obligation. It reflects on how faith can contribute to one’s core identity, whether it revolves around smudging or singing, a mandir or a mosque, a siddur or the Bible.

Presented by the NFB in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, this cross-country webcast will be a forum for lively conversation on tolerance and faith in Canadian society, bringing together students from across Canada and an expert panel for an interactive dialogue.

The Faith Project Virtual Classroom will be moderated by Lisa Charleyboy, host of the CBC Radio show New Fire and co-founder and editor-in-chief of Urban Native Magazine. Panellists are Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; filmmaker and entrepreneur Kashif Pasta, co-founder of Dunya Media; and Aviva Chernick, lead singer of world-music ensemble Jaffa Road and a cantorial soloist.

Educators across Canada can register their classes for this free event online now. To prepare, students can brainstorm and prepare challenging questions for the panel.

NFB Education will be running a Twitter dialogue during the event, sharing comments and questions. Follow on Twitter (@NFB_Education) or Facebook (NFB Education) for more exciting news about this and other NFB Education offers.


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