The votes are in! After listening to amazing music remixes from students across Canada, the judges have selected the Grand Prize Winners of the Spring 2022 Canada Your Voice is Power competition. Congratulations to students Bryce Watt and Miyuki Dryer and to our winning teacher, Ms. Anna Alfano
Your Voice is Power is a national competition for middle and high school students designed to teach the fundamentals of computer science, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Using the EarSketch platform, students get creative to remix songs from Indigenous artists and use what they have learned from the provided course outline.
Grand Prize Winners
Grade 12, Technical Vocational School
“My inspiration came from personal experience and seeing it around. Racist systems and unstable homes was the topic. I tried to convey the reasons why our people may be depressed. I tried to say we come from a different type of lifestyle of the streets but it is equally difficult. I tried to end the song by saying we should become aware of what is killing us and rise above it.”
Check out Bryce’s winning song and his code
Grade 10 Collège français
“For my song production project, I wanted to send an important message about inequity towards Indigenous people. The overall goal of my song was to raise awareness of the reality that people from racial minority groups experience. The song excerpts spoke mainly of the fact that the government or people in power are doing nothing to eliminate these injustices, in short, we must become aware of these injustices and the inequity against Indigenous peoples. Racism is not only acts, but the lack of acts too. To achieve my goal of conveying this message, I used song segments from singers and Indigenous people, who individually in their songs spoke about their own experiences with racism and inequity. Racism is not something that can be fixed with an exchange of apologies, you have to have a visible change.”
Check out Miyuki’s winning song and her code
Computer Science Teacher, St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School
Anna Alfano, our winning teacher, is being honoured with a $1,000 prize for going above and beyond to engage her students.
Anna collaborated across her school and district to involve her Indigenous studies teacher, the Indigenous advisor, and a local collective of Indigenous women.
“…since our school is celebrating National Indigenous History Month, we wanted to share this project with the entire school. We are going to play one student song a day during morning announcements followed by their reflection to spread even further the voices of our indigenous communities to a wider audience throughout the month of June.
When Bridget and I started this collaboration, we never thought it would go beyond our classes and spread to the whole school. We plan to continue this next year and hope to get more students involved.”