Youth Council to form in north end

  • Feb. 21, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Young people living at the north end of the islands are organizing a new Youth Council that will allow them to meet with other youth groups and have more of a say in community issues. Harmony Williams, an outreach worker with the Haida Health Hub, said the young people were inspired by the Skidegate Youth Council and the student council at Queen Charlotte Secondary. “We decided to get one started here in the north,” she said. “I’ve got great interest, I’ve got great excitement among the youth.” Ms Williams is now organizing an election March 5 to elect eight young people (between the ages of 13 and 30) to the new Northern Haida Gwaii Youth Council. The council will represent young people living in Masset, Old Massett, Tow Hill and Port Clements. All residents of these areas aged 13 and older are eligible to vote. The election day will feature information tables from those seeking positions on the council, speeches and voting, Ms Williams said. It will be held at the Old Massett community hall, starting at noon. There will be free shuttle bus transportation between Masset and Old Massett, and a free lunch. People are welcome to drop in throughout the day, she said. “We’re trying to turn it into a big celebratory opportunity,” she said. “We’re hoping to draw out everybody to come and vote.” Some candidates are already putting up posters and campaigning on facebook, she said. Nominations are open until Feb. 25, and anyone interested in running for a position should contact Ms Williams at 626-5489 or harmonywilliams@hotmail.com