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Extreme poverty: 2 Canadians try to change the world

A group of Canadians have joined a global movement to end extreme poverty, with the goal of using their respective platforms to push for change.

Anishinaabe artist and fashion designer Lesley Hampton and filmmaker and photographer Justin Wu are among five Canadians who have become “Champions of Change” in Global Citizen’s campaign to end extreme poverty.

Hampton, whose designs have been worn by Lizzo and described by Vogue as Canada’s No. 1 brand to watch, said she got involved with Global Citizen to help break down systemic barriers, which she relates to. through his own work as an artist.

“What we see in the media, in fashion, is such a direct relationship to our mental health and our body image,” she told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday.

“And if we have this greater level of representation by removing the systemic barriers that we see in fashion, that we see in the media, then we can have a greater level of mental health and that really strengthens the community as a whole. , as well as the international community.”

Wu, an award-winning photographer who made his TV directorial debut on the hit show Kim’s Convenience, says Global Citizen’s mandate to bring greater equity to the world is very much in line with his own values.

“It’s unfortunate, but I think I’m very privileged to be in the position that I am, to be able to work in the areas that I do,” he told CTV’s Your Morning.

“But I still see there are a lot of changes needed, especially diversity, inclusion, representation – behind the camera as well as in front of the camera,” he said.

Figure skater Elladj Baldé, former MTV Canada host Jessi Cruickshank and podcaster Mike Morrison join Hampton and Wu as champions of change.

Watch the full interview with Lesley Hampton and Justin Wu at the top of the article

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