Free The Children founders, Marc, left, and Craig Kielburger, rehearsed their speeches for last year's We Day Manitoba event. (Shane Gibson)
It’ll be a star-studded event at the first ever We Day Atlantic Canada.
Over 400 students came together at Ellenvale Junior High in Dartmouth to hear Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger and singer Tyler Shaw announce the artists who will participate in the Nov. 27 event in Halifax.
Speakers will include former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, actor Martin Sheen, and human rights activist Martin Luther King III.
Musical artists attending will include Kardinal Offishal, JUNO Award winning pop group Hedley, and local hip-hop artist Classified.
“After being part of many We Day events over the years, I’m honoured to participate in the first ever We Day Atlantic Canada,” said Classified. “I can’t wait to see the energy and passion the kids in my hometown will bring to this incredible event and what they’ll be empowered to accomplish long after.”
We Day is a stadium-sized educational event designed to inspire young people. It’s tied to the year-long We Act program, which supports educators and students with resources and materials.
The 2013/2014 We Day season will be the largest season to date, with more than 160,000 attending events across 12 North American cities. Over 8,000 Atlantic Canadian students from 240 schools will pack into the Halifax Metro Centre for We Day Atlantic Canada, which will stream live on www.weday.com.
We Day’s efforts support Free The Children, an international charity and education provider. The group was founded by Kielburger in 1995, and since then has brought more than 650 schools and schoolrooms to youth throughout the world, while also providing clean water and sanitation.
For more information, follow @freethechildren on Twitter or visit www.facebook.com/weday.