Youth Assembly next week

  • May. 1, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Haida Gwaii’s annual youth assembly will bring together youth from across the islands from May 8 to 10 at the George Brown Rec Centre in Skidegate. Participants will hold a mock Council of the Haida Nation election and learn from leaders in a variety of professions. The youth who are not running for office will choose a team and work with local professionals to gain first hand experience over the three days of the assembly, said coordinator Paula Varnell in a letter to the QC council. Teams include fisheries, mapping, forestry, energy, media, Secretariat of the Haida Nation finance, communications, HaiCo and art. “The team leaders will inform the youth on what the careers entail, give them background information, and share what is currently happening within these departments of the CHN,” Ms Varnell said. “The elected youth are given a three day opportunity to learn all about their positions from the actual elected officials,” she said. On the last day of the event, the youth will hold a mock assembly and each of the teams will present a resolution to the floor. Three resolutions from last year’s event were brought forth and passed at the actual Council of the Haida Nation House of Assembly, said Ms Varnell’s letter. “There is no better measurement of the success of this assembly.” Ms Varnell was requesting that QC council donate the use of a screen and projector for use at the mock House of Assembly, which the council agreed to do.

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