Justice Canada Human Rights Video Competition Guidelines


Justice Canada will be holding a Human Rights Learning Day on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. This Learning Day, which is held in Ottawa every 2 to 3 years and organized by the Department's Human Rights Law Section, provides an opportunity for Justice Canada employees and other federal officials to reflect on important and emerging human rights issues facing Canada.

This year, in honour of Canada's 150th birthday and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, external participants are invited to attend the Learning Day. In addition to federal officials, the audience will include academics, law students, human rights stakeholders, and provincial and territorial officials. The Learning Day will be open to approximately 250 participants.

The Video Competition aims to engage students in a creative thinking exercise about human rights in Canada. It is our hope that the Video Competition will result in an enriching dialogue between government officials and students, with learning on all sides.


  • The Video Competition is open to students of Canadian law schools and paralegal students at Canadian universities, colleges and CÉGEPs.
  • The Video Competition is open to students who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence.
  • Students can participate in the Video Competition individually or in teams (with no maximum number of team members).

Submission Guidelines

  • Student videos should answer the following question: What is the biggest human rights challenge facing Canada today, and how can it be addressed?
  • Videos can be no more than 4 minutes in length.
  • Students may not receive financial assistance from any person or organization. Students may, however, receive mentorship from faculty members at their law school, university, college or CÉGEP.
  • Videos can be submitted in French or English, or both.
  • To submit a video entry, students must:
    1. upload their video to YouTube as an unlisted video, in a format supported by YouTube and in accordance with YouTube's Terms of Service; and
    2. send an email to smrouger@justice.gc.ca with the subject line "Human Rights Video Competition Entry" containing a link to the video. Students are requested to include in the body of their email the names of their team members and the name of the law school, university, college or CÉGEP that they attend, and to identify one team member as the "Team Captain" that would accept the prize in Ottawa if the video is selected as the winner. The Justice Canada Human Rights Law Video Competition Submission Agreement must also be completed, dated and signed, and returned to Justice Canada as either an attachment to the email or by mail: Human Rights Law Section, 3rd floor, 284 Wellington Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H8. If submitting a video as a team, each member of the team must date and sign the Submission Agreement. The Team Captain should provide an email address and telephone number at which he or she can be reached.
  • Videos must be uploaded and the email and submissions agreement must be sent before 5:00 PM EDT on November 21, 2017.
  • After the November 21, 2017 deadline, all video entries will be added to an unlisted YouTube playlist ("the playlist"). The link to the playlist will be shared with all participants in the Video Competition. Students are permitted to make their video public (as opposed to unlisted) after November 21, 2017 if they wish to do so.
  • Students are requested to submit a written transcript of the video to assist with the interpretation and/or closed captioning of the finalist and winning videos.
  • Justice Canada will delete its playlist on November 24, 2017, but will not remove any videos from YouTube. It is the responsibility of participating students to remove their videos if they wish to do so.
  • Videos that fail to conform to these parameters will be disqualified from the Video Competition.
  • Videos deemed hateful, harassing, libelous, defamatory, pornographic or obscene will not be added to the YouTube playlist and will be disqualified from the Video Competition.


  • The winning video will be selected through a two-round process. First, a committee of three Justice Canada employees ("the Committee") will collaboratively select three finalists. Links to the finalist videos will then be circulated to Justice Canada employees who are registered for the Learning Day, who will be asked to vote for the winning video. The video receiving the most votes will be selected as the winner.
  • Winners will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
    • Creativity in concept and writing
    • Clarity of communication
    • Execution
    • Choice of issue: quality and thoroughness of reflection/analysis
    • Proposed solution: practicality and innovation


  • The finalists and winner will be notified by email or telephone during the week of November 20 - 24, 2017.
  • The finalist videos, as selected by the Committee, will be projected during the Learning Day on December 13, 2017.
  • Transportation will be provided for the winner to attend the Learning Day in Ottawa on December 13, 2017. If the winning video is a team submission, only the Team Captain will be provided with transportation to Ottawa to accept the prize. Only transportation costs will be covered. Other expenses incurred to attend the Learning Day are the winner or Team Captain's responsibility.
  • The winner will also be awarded a plaque from Justice Canada, a signed copy of the Charter, and will have the opportunity to have lunch with a senior Justice Canada official at a mutually convenient time.

Privacy Notice

  • Justice Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of participants. All personal information obtained for the purposes of this Video Competition is collected by Justice Canada in conformity with the Privacy Act.
  • Participating in the Video Competition requires that you provide the Human Rights Law Section of Justice Canada with personal information, including but not limited to your name, contact information, the name of the educational institution at which you are enrolled and a video of yourself or of other individuals. Personal information is collected pursuant to the general framework of the Department's mandate for the purposes of this outreach activity.
  • The use, and disclosure of personal information by Justice Canada is done in accordance with the federal Privacy Act and will be used and disclosed for the following purposes:
    1. To attribute the video submissions to their creators in the course of selecting and voting for the Video Competition finalists and winners;
    2. To communicate with Video Competition participants, including to inform the finalists and winner(s) that they have been selected as such;
    3. To project the videos at the 2017 Justice Canada Human Rights Learning Day;
    4. To attribute the finalist video submissions to their creators when they are projected at the 2017 Justice Canada Human Rights Learning Day; and
    5. To disclose the link to the video submissions and/or the playlist to Video Competition participants and Justice Canada employees directly involved in the 2017 Justice Canada Human Rights Learning Day.
  • Video entries will be hosted on YouTube, and will be subject to YouTube's Terms of Service, available at https://www.youtube.com/t/terms.
  • The Privacy Act gives you the right to access your personal information and request corrections where you believe there is an error or omissions. For further information, please refer to the Standard Personal Information Banks (PSU 938), available at https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/access-information-privacy/access-information/information-about-programs-information-holdings/standard-personal-information-banks.html.
  • If you are not satisfied with Justice Canada's response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by email at info@priv.gc.ca or by telephone at 1-800-282-1376. You also have the right to file a complaint with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner about the handling of your personal information.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Entries must constitute original works.
  • Any individual appearing in your video must have consented to being recorded, and to have their image, voice and likeness used by Justice Canada for the purposes described herein. If any individual appearing in the video is under the age of majority, his or her parent or guardian must provide such consent. You must keep evidence of same.
  • By submitting your entry, you grant Justice Canada the right to use, reproduce, stream, broadcast, edit, translate, adapt, or otherwise disseminate your video and script (the Work), without any further approval from you in whole or in part, throughout the world, in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, including the Internet for purposes related to the 2017 Justice Canada Human Rights Law Learning Day and related departmental non-commercial uses. This grant includes, but is not limited to, the right to use the Work either alone or together with such information as your name, the name of your collaborators, your image, likeness, voice and biographical data (collectively, "Supporting Information"). Examples of permitted uses of the Work and Supporting Information include adding the video to a YouTube playlist, displaying or streaming the video at the 2017 Justice Canada Human Rights Law Learning Day, or submitting the video or a YouTube link to the video to Justice Canada employees for the purposes of voting in the Video Competition.

Other Information

  • Several additional seats will be reserved for law and paralegal students to attend the Learning Day (without financial assistance from Justice Canada). These seats will be offered to students in the following order:
    1. members of the winning team;
    2. members of finalist teams;
    3. other participants in the Video Competition; and
    4. other law students and paralegal students at Canadian law schools, universities, colleges and CÉGEPs.
  • Students with questions about the Video Competition Guidelines, Privacy Notice or Submission Agreement can contact Sylvie McCallum Rougerie, Human Rights Law Section, Justice Canada, at 613-952-1088 or smrouger@justice.gc.ca.
  • Students with questions about accessibility or who require other accessible formats of the Video Competition guidelines can contact Sylvie McCallum Rougerie, Human Rights Law Section, Justice Canada, at 613-952-1088 or smrouger@justice.gc.ca. The organizers of the Video Competition reserve the right to waive one or more of the Video Competition's parameters to accommodate a participant with a disability.

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