A Canadian Legacy Against Racism


Sault Ste. Marie: A local 13-year-old has once again had her voice heard across the country.

Tianna Legacy, a Grade 8 student at Holy Family Catholic Elementary School, was recently notified by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) that her music video, “United in Canada,” is going to be recognized on the national stage.

This past August, Legacy entered the CRRF’s “Our Canada Youth Challenge,” a contest that seeks to heighten awareness, understanding and respect for Canadian values and traditions. The contest was open to young Canadians under the age of 18 who were asked to submit an original short story, poem, essay or video that documents their understanding of Canadian values and identity.

For her contest submission, Legacy composed the music and lyrics to “United in Canada,” an original song that celebrates a Canadian identity rooted in the spirit of belonging and multiculturalism.

“I wrote the song to show how Canadian youth are very accepting of one another, and how we celebrate all different cultures,” commented Legacy.

As one of the contest winners, Legacy and a guest will be flown to Toronto to attend a national symposium hosted by the CRRF. The two-day event will feature keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a dinner gala that celebrates the efforts being made across our country to combat racism and discrimination.

“I’m excited [about the trip],” shared Legacy. “I’m looking forward to learning more about the work being done by the CRRF and how they’re helping to eliminate racism.”

Being recognized on the national stage is not something entirely new for the young musician. For the past two years, Legacy’s original songs have garnered national attention for their themes of anti-bullying and acceptance of others. “United in Canada” is an extension of Legacy’s previous work, as she sees her role as not just a local citizen, but a global one.

“It feels very special to be recognized,” said Legacy. “You often see recognition for people from big cities like Toronto or Vancouver. Coming from a small Northern Ontario community, it feels extra special to be recognized and to know that I’m making a difference with my music.”

Established in 1997, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation is a Canadian government agency responsible for fostering racial harmony and cross-cultural understanding in order to help eliminate racism.