My Canada Includes…

Celebrate Canada’s 150 with Canadians with Down syndrome

Happy 150th birthday, Canada! To celebrate, we want Canadians to share photos and videos that depict the country’s diverse Down syndrome community, with answers to the the question – “What Does Your Canada Include?”

Inspired by Rick Mercer’s video “My Canada includes an extra chromosome,” we would like all of you to share what makes Canada’s Down syndrome community makes great by sending us photos and videos of you in your community with signs that answer the question. We’ll share all of these photos on our website in time for Canada Day! 

Thanks to Sabrina from Down Right Cute for reaching out with this fantastic idea.


-You must be Canadian to participate

-You must include the words “My Canada includes…”

-The photo(s) and/or video(s) must be your own – please do not submit copyrighted photographs.

Deadline: June 23, 2017 June 26, 2017

Use the form below or email your photo(s) and/or video(s) to By sending your photo(s) and/or video(s) in, you must agree with our terms.

If your photo(s) and/or video(s) are larger than 10 MB, we recommend you email them using Dropbox or WeTransfer.

Submission Terms

By submitting photo(s) and/or video(s), you are agreeing to the following terms:

  • I consent to the use (specified below) of any and all photo(s) and/or video(s) delivered, in whole or in part, for the purposes specified below by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) and those acting with its permission and authority.
  • I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used with the finished photo(s) and/or video(s).
  • I agree to exclusively license all of the delivered photo(s) and/or video(s) and reproduction rights to CDSS indefinitely for the purposes defined below. It is understood that that the CDSS shall have reproduction rights to the images.
  • I hereby release the CDSS from any and all claims in connection with the photo(s) and/or video(s) including any and all claims of libel so long as the terms of this agreement are followed.
  • I am over 18 years of age.
  • I am, or have the consent of, the parent(s), guardian(s), and/or individual(s) featured in the photo(s) and/or video(s).
    I have read the above and fully understand its contents. I hereby grant permission for the photo(s) and/or video(s) to be used in the manner described above
  • I hereby consent to the use by the CDSS of the photo(s) and/or video(s) submitted for the following purposes:
    • To use on CDSS websites (,,, email newsletter, or other CDSS social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)
    • To use in CDSS promotional material, including but not limited to PSAs, our magazines, annual reports, brochures, etc.
Photo/Video Guidelines
  • The media should be recent and positive
  • The media should be sharp and the person or people are clear and visible
  • The media should not be blurry or out of focus
  • If your photo(s) and/or video(s) are larger than 10 MB, our email system cannot accept them. Please upload them to an external website (like Dropbox or WeTransfer) and email them to

Submit Your Canada 150 Photos and Video

  • Drop files here or

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