Youth Newsletter March 2017
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Young people taking action to create a better Canada and a better world
I'm so proud, motivated, and encouraged that more than 17,000 of you have signed up to get involved in our country's future. In this newsletter, you will find plenty of opportunities to have your voice heard and help tackle the issues we face today. And I'm hoping you will step up. Your generation is the most educated, connected and diverse that this country has ever seen.
What you say and what you do matter to me, to Canada and to the world. I am listening and so are my partners across government. So, take some time to read this, click around and discover the many ways you can get involved. I can't wait to hear from you. You have the power to make Canada and our world a better place.
-The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Youth
You're already making a difference in your community, so why not show us how? Use the hashtag #LeadersToday, and we'll showcase some of your accomplishments in future editions of this newsletter.
Modernizing pipeline and energy development regulation in Canada
Help us modernize the National Energy Board and get Canada's resources to market in a sustainable, responsible way. Share your views.
Help us find the best volunteer leaders in Canada
Submit your nomination to become a member of Canada's Volunteer Awards' National Advisory Committee by March 17, 2017. Individuals submitting a Nomination Questionnaire through this process must be 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2017.
For more Government of Canada consultations, check out Canada.ca/consultingcanadians.
Submit your entry for the Canada Day Challenge
Are you a visionary young Canadian artist? Join the Canada Day Challenge! We're looking for video, photography, creative writing, drawings and paintings that celebrate Canada's culture and identity. Illustrate your vision of the future, and show us your community involvement. Prizes include three all-expense-paid trips for two to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day and take part in the 150th anniversary activities! canada.ca/canada-day-challenge.
Here are just a few of the many activities planned.
- Canada 150&Me: Join a national conversation on the greatest challenges and opportunities facing your generation.
- Here’s My Canada: Can you tell the world what Canada means to you in 30 seconds? Go for it in this multilingual nation-wide contest!
- 150 Years Young: Share your stories about living in Canada and how you’re shaping your community and country.
- ParticipACTION: This isn’t your typical play list. Canada's Play List includes 150 physical activities - from ringette to chopping wood - that make us distinctly Canadian. Get moving and keep the celebrations going!
- Indspire: Listen to the stories of Indigenous people, celebrate their remarkable achievements, and join in the movement towards reconciliation.
- Explore150 – Download the Explore150 app to explore thousands of sites across Canada, chart your adventures and share your wishes for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation with other young Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Celebrate Canada 150 all year long across the country! The main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, and youth. Learn more at Canada.ca/150.
Areas of interest selected by you
The infographic shows round dials representing the number of individuals who selected an area of interest out of the total who participated. There are 19 dials listing the name of the area of interest, a visual image that represents the area of interest, the percentage of people who selected this area of interest and the absolute number of people who selected the area of interest. Here is the information on each dial represented:
- Justice and human rights; image: a pillar; 44.7%; 7678
- Health, mental health, and well-being; image: a heart with a plus sign in it; 42.2%, 7247
- Environment, climate change, and national parks; image: Trees; 30.9%; 5306
- Immigration, refugees, and citizenship; image: pages with a figure of a person and lines of text; 30.5%; 5243
- International relations; image: a circular cycle; 29.7%; 5099
- Gender issues; image: male and female symbol; 24.3%; 4172
- Business and entrepreneurship; image: coins with money signs; 21.7%; 3722
- Improving communities and political participation; image: a circular globe with an upward arrow; 19.9%; 3413
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues; image: a feather; 15.4%; 2641
- Finance and the economy; image: a graph; 14.7%; 2517
- International development; image: a globe; 14.7%; 2516
- Jobs and the workforce; image: a briefcase; 14.1%; 2414
- Sports; image: a soccer ball; 10.8%; 1849
- Public infrastructure and liveable communities; image: a house; 6.8%; 1168
- Natural resources; image: a fish; 6.8%; 1164
- National defence and veterans; image: a badge; 6.5%, 1114
- Tourism; image: a plane; 6.2%; 1059
- Farming and food; image: a tractor; 6.2%; 1057
- Transportation; image: a car wheel; 5.0%, 852
Watch the video of the National Youth Forum on climate change
On November 23, 2016 the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, held a national dialogue for youth on climate change, with Geoff Green – founder of Students on Ice, environmentalist, and northern explorer – and other experts and scientists from different fields. You can watch the video recording of the Forum. Stay in touch with #YouthClimateAction and Environment and Climate Change Canada on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Your input to Canada’s Budget 2017
You sent us your ideas and written policy proposals on how to help families, strengthen the middle class and grow Canada's economy through #Budget2017 consultations. Budget details will be announced on March 22, 2017.
The National Register of Future Electors - Making it easier to vote
Pre-register, get ready, vote! Legislation is in the works that, if passed, would create a National Register of Future Electors. It would allow young Canadians aged 14 to 17 to pre-register so that they are ready to vote when they turn 18.
More and better jobs for you
Can't get a job because you don't have any work experience, and you can't get any work experience because you don't have a job? Let's break that cycle. Read more about the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and their Interim Report, including input from young Canadians, experts, employers and community organizations across the country.
Canada’s ground-breaking accessibility legislation
Persons with disabilities should have the same opportunities as everyone else. A national youth forum brought together over 100 young leaders in accessibility from across the country with Prime Minister and Minister of Youth Justin Trudeau and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough. This was a key part of the consultations for the new accessibility legislation – the first of its kind in Canadian history. Check out the Twitter Moments from the day and learn more about the planned legislation here:
Learn more about the Prime Minister's Youth Council, the members, their first two in-person meetings and their ongoing work. The Council members have been involved in a number of policy briefings and discussions with the Prime Minister, ministers, and senior officials. They have discussed youth service, youth employment, gender-based violence, environment and climate change, immigration and other topics that are important to them and to Canada.
Meet Nmesoma, one of our youth council members
Originally from Nigeria, Nmesomachukwu Umenwofor-Nweze grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She has planned activities focused on arts and active living for youth in her community as well as spearheaded free mental health sessions. She is currently studying at Pearson College United World College in Victoria, British Columbia. Here's her vision:
"I hope for my role on the council to be one that empowers youth from all sorts of backgrounds. I want to amplify the voices and ideas of young people from all walks of life because now more than ever our voices and experiences matter and make a difference" - Nmesoma
To the UN with the PM – Maryellen Gibson and Alec Verch
Maryellen Gibson of Saskatoon, an undergrad at University of Saskatchewan, working toward a degree in International Studies, and Alec Verch, an undergrad at Carleton University in Ottawa, studying international and migration studies, travelled with the Prime Minister to New York last September as part of the Canadian delegation to the UN's 71st General Assembly high level meetings. Both Maryellen and Alec have significant involvement and leadership experience with gender issues in Canada and had signed up on Canada.ca/youth for opportunities to be involved on international relations and gender issues.
As delegates, they participated in UN sessions and met with senior level officials and diplomats on a range of issues including gender issues and Canada's role in the World. Maryellen and Alec met with the Prime Minister to talk about youth engagement and were recognized by him during his speech at the UN Women HeForShe event with Emma Watson for their work on gender issues, inclusion and promoting diversity and equality in their communities.
Canada’s UN Youth Delegates – Dalia Tejeda Alix and Ahsan Syed
Canada selected two young people to take part in the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme in 2016. Ahsan Syed, an entrepreneurial educator and Dalia Tejeda Alix, a published expert on international development and civil law, were chosen to attend meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York on a range of social, humanitarian and human rights issues. They participated in side events on youth issues, delivered statements on behalf of Canada, and participated in negotiations on youth-related resolutions.
"It was an inspiring and moving experience to represent Canadian youth, and to hear so many young people speak on behalf of their countries. There were a number of recurring themes including protection of people with disabilities, education, the importance of the family structure, sustained rights for ageing persons, and the importance of empowering youth. It was a pleasant surprise to see there is a global effort beyond the Canadian borders to recognize the contributions of youth to society and to better engage young people."
- Dalia and Ahsan in their Week I blog entries
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Canada. Privy Council Office
Title in French: Infolettre jeunesse.
Available also on the Internet: www.canada.ca/youth
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