Youth Newsletter April 2018

Leaders Today Canada - Young people taking action to create a better Canada and the world
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Have your say!

Help build a youth policy for Canada!

The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Youth Policy for Canada and we want
to hear what is important to you so that you can help shape it!

Check out and tell us what matters most to you and your friends - whether it be health, environment, gender equality or anything else you want to tell us about! You can share your ideas through the website, post a comment in the discussion thread, create a short video or join a youth dialogue taking place near you.

We also encourage you to become a youth ambassador and host your own dialogue in your community - check the website for tips and tools to support your event, and an easy way to share the outcomes of your dialogue with us.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing with the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

This is your chance to make your voice heard! Get creative and don’t forget to tell your friends to join in
the conversation! You have until April 20, 2018 to share your views online.

Stay connected and help build a youth policy for Canada!

Follow us at #Cdayouthaction to get the latest and have your say.

Check out and tell us what matters most to you and your friends.

Shape the future of youth service in Canada

Canada Service Corps is a program that gives young Canadians the opportunity to serve their community and country, while learning valuable skills and gaining experience. Service is a commitment to yourself and the community you serve, to build a better you while building a better Canada.

This program is being designed by youth and for youth over the next 15 months. Tell us your views to ensure your voice and ideas are being heard.

Start your service journey right now by finding a volunteer opportunity in your area. Or, turn your idea for a service project in your community into reality by applying for a micro-grant of $250, $750 or $1500.

Help us build Canada by giving back!

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Get involved!

Take part and join the #MYG7 conversation

2018 is Canada’s G7 Presidency year and our opportunity to demonstrate global leadership throughout the year. Not only will we be hosting the G7 Leaders’ Summit on June 8 and 9 in beautiful Charlevoix, Quebec, we are also responsible for setting the policy agenda and convening ministerial meetings and other G7-related meetings, events and engagement activities. We are working closely with our G7 counterparts to move the markers forward toward making the world a better, safer place for everyone.

On December 14, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the themes for Canada’s G7 presidency:

  • Investing in growth that works for everyone;
  • Preparing for jobs of the future;
  • Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world.

Which of these topics matter most to you? We want to hear what you have to say! Take part and join the #myG7 conversation – and spread the word!

Twitter: @G7Facebook: @G7CanadaInstagram: @G7Canada

Group of youth viewing a cartoon image of the world.

Underwater view, the sun’s rays are visible through the small waves

Participate in the G7 Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge

We are calling on YOU to participate in the Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge! You could win an all expenses paid trip to present your oceans protection solutions to Ministers from the G7.

Tweet a video with your idea to help protect our oceans with the hashtag #myoceans2050 and send your application to the Challenge by May 15, 2018 to enter.

Engaging youth on healthy eating

No matter at what age, the decisions we make about the food we eat have a direct impact on our health. That is why Health Canada has introduced the Healthy Eating Strategy, a series of initiatives to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Canadians. Among these initiatives are the proposed restrictions of unhealthy food and beverage marketing to kids and the revision of Canada’s Food Guide. For more information on the Healthy Eating Strategy, click here.

Health Canada is also proposing a nutrition symbol that would help Canadians quickly identify foods that are high in saturated fat, sugars, and sodium. Fill out a quick survey before April 26, 2018 to help guide the choice of this symbol.

Graphic of three rows of unlabelled soft drink bottles

Six diverse young men and women are sitting on the grass in a park

Apply to the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) and the International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI)!

The IYIP and IAYI offer opportunities for Canadian youth to gain valuable experience abroad through internships in different fields of international development, engage as global citizens, and advance Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Youth between the ages of 19 and 30 with a post-secondary degree are eligible to apply for IYIP, while Indigenous youth, between 18 and 35 years old with a secondary diploma, can apply to the IAYI initiative.

After their placement abroad, returning interns have the chance to participate in a variety of innovative activities related to employability to guide them in their future careers and studies.

Click below to learn more about the organizations offering internships and the many possibilities to become involved.

Good luck to all the future global citizens!

You’re already making a difference in your community, so why not show us how?
Use the hashtag #LeadersToday and share your stories!

#BeccaToldMeTo campaign

Carrying on the legacy of Becca Schofield from Riverview, New Brunswick

In December 2016, Becca Schofield learned she had terminal cancer. That didn’t stop her from launching the #BeccaToldMeTo campaign – a global kindness movement that quickly touched the lives of hundreds of people around the world. As part of her bucket list, Becca encouraged individuals to perform random acts of kindness and to share them on her Facebook page or with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.

The initiative received an outpouring of support, with individuals sharing their good deeds on social media from as far away as Australia, Spain, and Japan. Inspired individuals and community groups raised thousands of dollars in Becca’s honour and proudly sported wristbands, bumper stickers, and signs to support her cause. She received numerous honours including, having an official day named on her behalf in New Brunswick- the third Saturday of September. Last February, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Becca for her “bravery, volunteerism, and inspiring commitment to community.”

On February 17, 2018, Becca passed away at the age of eighteen years old. To honour Becca and continue her legacy, people are encouraged to perform positive acts of kindness and continue posting on social media with #BeccaToldMeTo.

Close up photo of Becca Shoefield

“I’ve always known that people have this kindness within them. Kindness and positivity, they’re a choice and it’s not a choice you make once.”
– Becca Schofield

What’s the Prime Minister’s Youth council up to?

Since our last newsletter, the Prime Minister’s Youth Council has met in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Winnipeg, Manitoba to discuss a youth policy for Canada!

In September 2017, the Council met to share their ideas and advice on a youth policy for Canada and potential themes that could be addressed, such as environment and climate change, mental health and youth employment. The Council continued these discussions at their next meeting in January 2018 where they emphasized the importance of involving young Canadians directly in this initiative. To hear from local youth, the Council facilitated a youth policy dialogue with approximately 75 participants to discuss ideas and outcomes for a youth policy for Canada.

In addition, in St. John’s, Council members met with local stakeholders to discuss the barriers young people face in small isolated communities and the impor tance of peer support in designing solutions together. In Winnipeg, the Council explored diversity and inclusion and connected with external stakeholders, including local youth leaders from francophone, Indigenous and LGBTQ2 communities.

All youth are encouraged to share their views on a youth policy for Canada by visiting! Organize or attend a youth policy discussion in your community and post your thoughts online! Follow and join the conversation using the hashtag #Cdayouthaction.

Photo of Simone Cavanaugh

Meet Simone Cavanaugh, one of our Youth Council members!

Simone, born in Toronto, Ontario, and partly raised in Montréal, Quebec, recently graduated from law school at McGill University where she served as Equity Commissioner. Currently, she is working in Nicaragua on an OceanPath Fellowship with the Coady International Institute at St. Francis-Xavier University. Simone is passionate about women’s and children’s issues and how they relate to issues of disability and accessibility.

In December 2017, Simone organized a Dialogue on Youth and Accessibility where young people, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth, Peter Schiefke as well as the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Stéphane Lauzon were able to discuss youth accessibility issues such as mental health, meaningful employment and government services. The accessible webcast and Facebook Live has been viewed by over 1500 youth in French and English.

    Facebook video of the Dialogue on Youth and Accessibility event

Check out the video
to learn more!

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Interested in applying to the Prime Minister’s Youth Council?
Click below to be notified when the next selection process is launched!

Young canadians on the world stage

Canada’s youth delegates to the United Nations General Assembly

Raina Young, a second year student at the University of Ottawa, and Oshani Amaratunga, a law student at the University of Windsor, were selected to be Canadian Youth Delegates at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week in New York from September 19 to 21, 2017.

Raina and Oshani had the opportunity to discuss youth impact in the public service and gender empowerment in one-on-one meetings with the President of the Treasury Board, Scott Brison, and the Minister International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau respectively. Raina and Oshani also participated in a We Day event and attended roundtable discussions on topics such as global migration and the rights of girls and women. Both Youth Delegates enjoyed meeting new people and learning about international partnership and diplomacy.

President of the Treasury Board, Scott Brison and the two Canadian United Nations delegates, Raina Young and Oshani Amaratunga

It is essential that we as youth are engaged in the everchanging conversation on these challenges, so that we can continue to develop as change-making leaders.
– Raina Young

There are so many opportunities out there for young people. It’s merely a matter of staying true to your passions and putting yourself out there.
– Oshani Amaratunga

Young canadians making a difference

Meet Faith Dickinson from Lakefield, Ontario!

Faith is the creator and energy behind “Cuddles for Cancer,” an organization that has provided over 3,500 handmade Cuddle blankets to comfort those facing challenges such as cancer, other diseases and illnesses or for those who are grieving. Cuddle blankets have been sent across Canada and the world, including to Canadian soldiers and veterans who receive her signature handmade Soldier blanket. Faith has recently opened the first Cuddles for Cancer Drop-In Centre where she invites volunteers of all ages to make Cuddle blankets and support other local and global initiatives.

Faith has donated blankets to over 30 organizations in her community and also supports the Kawartha Food Share, where she challenges all the local schools to an annual food drive. The school that collects the most food donations receives $1,000 that Faith donates from money that she has saved or collected throughout the year. Faith also brought Make a Difference Day to Canada four years ago which she hopes can one day be a National Day of Community Service.

A recipient of the inaugural Princess Diana international award for youth and a 2017 Youth Ambassador for United Way Peterborough, Faith encourages children and youth to make a difference in their communities and support local and global causes!

Faith Dickenson is holding a handmade blanket in front of a Cuddles for Cancer sign

“You’re never too young to make a difference.”
– Faith Dickinson, age 15, Ontario, Canada

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Canada. Privy Council Office
Youth Newsletter.

Title in French: Infolettre jeunesse.
Available also on the Internet: 
ISSN: 2371-9435

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2017.

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