The Governor General’s Youth Dialogues
The Governor General of Canada is hosting a dynamic youth dialogue on peace building and solidarity with youth in Moncton on August 14. If you are interested in participating, confirm your attendance by e-mail at rsvpMoncton@gg.ca or by phone at 1-800-263-0816. Invite your friends too!
Join hundreds of Canadians in a cross-country dialogue on solidarity.
Hosted by Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean
Coming to a city near you:
Building on the momentum generated by the Governor General’s last four years of engagement across Canada and overseas, the GG’s Youth Dialogues 2009, Can We Talk, series will focus on galvanizing Canadians in every part of the country to become catalysts of hope, creativity and social transformation in their neighbourhoods, villages, reserves, communities and the wider society.
To sustain the energy generated by the tour over time, the public will be given access to tools to help them translate their desire to get involved into tangible community-driven projects, initiatives and dialogue sessions.
The events will assemble over 5,000 youth, civic leaders, business people and decision-makers and reach an additional 100,000 people across Canada through viral marketing, radio, television and print information.
Past dialogues and concerts have featured such artists as: K’naan, Arianne Moffat, Jully Black, Samian, Ill Scarlet, Sol Guy, Jordan Croucher and many more.
To learn how you can attend the events and join the conversation, sign up at www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.
Previous Youth Dialogues
Youth Dialogue at the World Youth Congress
August 13, 2006
With the help of the dynamic Canadian Youth organizations Apathy is Boring, RéGénaration 2008 and TakingITGlobal, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will be bringing together hundreds of youth from across the country and around the world. This Youth Dialogue is the first in a series of discussions taking place in different Canadian cities, which will focus on the new and exciting ways youth are using democracy and acting as effective agents of change locally, nationally and internationally.
For those who would like to participate in the dialogues but will be unable to attend, the events will be able to follow a live broadcast on the Web. Interested parties will be able to join in by sending their comments via text message and webcam.
Join Jully Black, Sol Guy, K’naan, Samian and Ariane Moffat, as well as thousands of young people from around the world, as they address the ways youth are using democracy to make poverty, hunger and injustice a thing of the past. Tune in to http://www.wyc2008.qc.ca/GGyouthdialogue/.
Past Youth Dialogues
Flash Drive: A Capital Assignment
On October 18, 2007, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, hosted a discussion at Rideau Hall, where 130 young people aged 15 to 17 presented her with the results of their work. Attendees were taking part in the “Flash Drive: A Capital Assignment” youth forum in the nation’s capital. Videos on the environment, cultural diversity and youth culture were screened and a discussion on the themes addressed ensued.
The three-day forum was an initiative of the National Capital Commission (NCC) in partnership with Historica Encounters, Canada’s largest youth forum. Young people from across Canada were grouped together with special guests to take part in discussions and produce short videos reflecting their perspectives on the themes provided.
The youth forum was held to help mark the 150th anniversary of the choice of Ottawa as Canada’s capital.
From the Abolition of the Slave Trade to the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, 2007 and in advance of the United Nations International Day for the Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on March 25, 2007, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, held the first-ever Youth Dialogue at Rideau Hall on March 21, 2007.
The purpose of the forum was to raise awareness about the historical significance of the abolition of the slave trade and to promote a dialogue among citizens on the importance of eliminating racism and promoting human rights in 21st-century Canadian society.
Participants assembled at Rideau Hall to discuss the significance of the 200th anniversary and the need to consolidate efforts to combat racial discrimination across Canada. Panellists and participants included students, people such as Lawrence Hill, Joanne St-Lewis, Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne and Roméo Saganash who work or study in the field of racism and discrimination, as well as performances by the Bigstone Singers, Ranee Lee, C.M., and Nova Scotia spoken word poet Shauntay Grant. This event was supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.