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What does an OPEN Canada mean to you?

Canada 150+ at Open Learning: Reflections on our past, aspirations for our future


What doesn an open Canada mean to you?

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As we near the end of Canada’s 150th year, we’ve been reflecting at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) about what it means to be Canadian, what it has meant to the Indigenous peoples who have lived in Canada, and what we hope the future Canada will look like. TRU believes that education should be accessible for a broad diversity of people (regardless of race, gender, ability, orientation, status, location, religion, creed, age, ancestry or previous history of education). We recognize that Canada has work to do and must acknowledge the past, but we must have optimism and dedication to making our future better.

When thinking about the present Canada, and the future of Canada at TRU Open Learning (TRU–OL), Canada 150+ feels like an opportunity to promote openness, recognition and acceptance of diversity, and well … opportunity! We believe it should also be your opportunity to share your story and your ideas about Canada globally. TRU cares about our communities, and by extension, TRU Open Learning students’ communities are our communities as well.

TRU–OL would like to look at the possibilities of an open Canada: a future in which all people have an opportunity to learn, to grow and to thrive — locally and, by extension, GLOBALLY. It is this idea that we’d like to extend to you, our students:

What does an OPEN Canada mean to you?

Three prizes will be awarded to three Open Learning students: each student will be awarded $450 and an additional $450 will be donated to a registered charity in their community.

In order to submit an entry, students must sign a release form indicating that they consent to their entries being displayed on both the Open Learning website and the main TRU Canada150+ webpage.

Entries will also be presented at the final Canada 150+ reception, which will showcase all student Canada 150+ work, from all the departments and faculties at TRU, in March 2018.

By entering the contest, you agree to comply with the following rules, the decisions of Thompson Rivers University and any contest judges (which decisions are final and binding), and with applicable laws. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase is necessary to enter.

This is a judged contest. The winner will be selected by the judging process described under the Selection Process.

Open contest submission form

Contest period

The contest opens on December 1, 2017 at 9 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time) and closes on February 13, 2018, at 11:55 p.m. PST. Entries must be received during that contest period to be eligible.

TRU’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the contest.


The contest is open to ALL Open Learning students who, as of the entry date, are:

  • Individuals of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence or have a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter the contest
  • Enrolled in a Thompson Rivers University Open Learning course
  • Residents of Canada


The following individuals and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) or household members are not eligible to enter the contest: TRU employees, staff members, faculty members, officers, governors, and representatives or mandataries.

TRU may disqualify any entrant who does not meet the contest’s eligibility criteria; does not comply with or attempts to circumvent these rules; attempts to disrupt or undermine the contest; or attempts to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or TRU representatives.

Entry submission criteria

To enter the contest, a contestant must submit, during the contest period, a description of "What an OPEN Canada Means to Me." Submissions must be created using the following format:

  • — A video between 30 seconds to three minutes in length that describes what an open Canada means to you

Note: All videos should be shot in high definition where possible. Videos must be submitted to TRU either through (email to or uploaded to and a notification email (with video URL) sent to In both cases, an email also must be sent to with the following information: include submitter’s name; student number; contact details (phone, email, address); date of birth; a maximum 100–word biography of the submitter; the chosen registered charity; and title of the video submitted.

Furthermore, all submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in English
  • Not have been previously published
  • Be entirely the original work of the submitter

Contestants are solely responsible for ensuring that their submissions are properly submitted. Please keep a copy, as submissions will not be returned.

A contestant may enter the contest only once.

Selection process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the TRU Open Learning Leadership team starting February 15, 2018.

Judging criteria is as follows (three categories, weighted equally):

  • Structure — clear, articulated well, answers the overarching question about an open Canada; flows together as a whole
  • Theme — appropriateness; clear, well thought out; presented in a creative way
  • Original expression — vivid imagery, language; unique voice

TRU–OL will contact the selected potential winner through the contact information provided in that entrant’s submission.

To be declared the winner and eligible for the grand prize, the entrant must be in compliance with these rules and must sign (or, if the entrant is a minor, the entrant’s parent or legal guardian must sign) and deliver to TRU (within any period and in the manner that TRU specifies) a standard declaration and release form, which will include the following: a declaration of compliance with these rules, an acceptance of the prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other documentation that TRU may require. If TRU cannot contact the entrant within two business days after the selection date, if the entrant does not otherwise promptly respond to TRU’s communications, or if the entrant does not sign and return any required documentation within the time periods that TRU specifies, the entrant will forfeit the prize and the entrant’s submission will be declared void.

Except where prohibited by law, contestants agree that if they win, TRU may announce their name and particulars about them including their home location, TRU course, title and topic of winning entry and a quote from them, all without further notification, permission, payment or consideration.

About the grand prize

There are three prizes to be won: Each of the three winning students will be awarded $450 for themselves, and an additional $450 will be donated to a registered charity in the Open Learning students’ communities.


By submitting a submission, each contestant represents and warrants to TRU that: (a) the contestant is the sole author or creator of the submission and that the submission is the contestant’s original work; and, (b) TRU will not infringe any third–party rights by using or publishing the submission as contemplated in these rules.

TRU–OL will publicize the winner’s bio, photo, and excerpt from the winning submission on its websites ( and, through a variety of other media, and possibly in its advertising or marketing campaigns. The winner may be requested to talk about the winner’s experience in a statement.

Personal information consent

Any personal information provided to enter the contest will be used only to administer the contest for the purposes described in these rules, or as otherwise required or permitted by law. Each entrant consents to TRU using and disclosing the entrant’s personal information for these purposes. Personal information will be processed in accordance with TRU's Privacy Statement.

Cancellation or modification

TRU reserves the right, subject to the approval by Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ), to cancel, change, extend or suspend the contest if for any reason TRU cannot run the contest as planned.


TRU is not responsible for and does not accept liability for any loss or damage resulting directly or indirectly from: (a) any entrant’s participation in, or inability to participate in, the contest; (b) any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries; (c) any technical failures affecting any entrant’s participation in the contest or the operation of the contest; (d) any injury or damage to persons or property caused directly or indirectly from an entrant’s participation in the contest; (e) the receipt, use or redemption of any prize, or the inability to receive, use or redeem any prize; or, (f) human error, theft, destruction or other factors beyond TRU’s control.

Release and indemnity

By participating in the contest, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless TRU and its employees, directors, officers, affiliates, agents and judges from any damages, injuries, claims, causes of action, liability or losses (including actual legal fees and expenses), known or unknown, absolute or contingent, arising from or related to: (a) the entrant’s failure to comply with any of these rules; (b) the entrant’s participation in the contest; (c) any misrepresentation the entrant makes under these rules or otherwise to TRU; or, (d) the entrant’s receipt, use or redemption of any prize, or the entrant’s inability to receive, use or redeem any prize

Law and disputes

These rules are governed by the laws applicable in British Columbia. Any disputes, claims or causes of action arising out of or connected with the contest, prize or these rules will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court of British Columbia, Canada.

For Quebec residents

If the contest is operated in Quebec, Canada, any decision to be made by TRU may be subject to a ruling of RACJ. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to RACJ for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to RACJ only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.


The parties have expressly requested that this agreement and any related document be prepared in the English language. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the English–language version and any French–language translation of these contest rules, the English version will prevail, govern and control.

Les parties aux présentes ont expressément demandé à ce que cette convention et les documents qui s’y rapportent soient rédigés en anglais. En cas de divergence ou d'incohérence entre les versions anglaise et française de ces règles de concours, la version anglaise prévaudra, régira et contrôlera.