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Northern B.C. Youth Forum slated for UNBC

Youth in Prince George and northern B.C. are encouraged to attend a special forum to talk about issues and concerns that matter to them the most on Saturday Aug. 18 at the University of Northern British Columbia.

The national For Youth, With Youth consultation forum will involve asking those between the ages of 10 – 30 what they think should be included in Canada’s new youth policy. While this event is targeted at youth, people of all ages are invited to attend. For those who are not able to attend in person, an online form is available at

The forum is slated for Saturday, Aug. 18 in Room 6-205/211 at UNBC’s Conference Centre and Northern University Student Centre from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. So far, it’s the only B.C. session happening outside of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

The forum’s stop in Prince George is being organized and facilitated by UNBC student Karista Olson who served as a delegate at the Canadian International Model United Nations session in March in Ottawa; the UN Youth Assembly Winter Session in New York City in February and the UN Peacebuilders Conference in Vancouver in November, 2017.

Her participation in those forums gave her the opportunity to learn more about the on-going consultation processes for the development of the new youth policy, the first of its kind in Canada.

“It is my hope that this session will contribute to the on-going conversation amongst youth in Prince George about civic engagement, social responsibility and self-determination,” she said. “No one advocates for Northern youth better than Northern youth themselves. This is an opportunity to be heard in a very real and tangible way. Let’s show Ottawa what we’ve got.”

The goal of the non-partisan forums that are being held across the country are to reach as many young people as possible and to identify issues important to youth and solutions to improve the lives of young Canadians.

Other goals include examining the supports that enable all youth, regardless of their background, to be Canada’s leaders; and understanding how youth want their voices to be heard and how youth want to influence the Government of Canada’s actions and decisions.

Olson will take the feedback received at the forum and submit a report that will be part of the national report which will be provided directly to the Privy Council Office’s Youth Secretariat. 

Those who are interested in attending the forum can register online at

There is also more information on the Facebook page, Prince George: Consultation on Canada’s New Youth Policy.


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