Concerns have been raised about the lack of political engagement of Canadian youth. During the federal election, voting flash mobs at Canadian universities were seen as a way to get young voters excited and eager to vote.
Unfortunately, most efforts to engage youth have been initiated by groups and organizations that I feel do not reflect the ethno-cultural diversity of Canada's major cities. As an activist in Ottawa's Muslim communities who is passionate about civic engagement, I wanted to take a lead in addressing what I've seen as a lack of engagement among young Muslims of voting age.
On the eve of the second decade of the new century, a renewed alliance between young and old would help Canadians trying to make a better life for more citizens. Much of current public policy debate turns around attempts to foster irrational fears about what the future holds. A prime example is attempts to manipulate public opinion by evoking threats an aging population pose for our public healthcare system. The next generation will stagger around covering the debts incurred to look after the health (and income) needs of retirees; we are told this so often people start to believe it.
Please join us for a very special evening with two incredible and inspiring contributors to Letters Lived: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Rozena Maart!
Leah and Rozena will be reading from their contributions to Letters Lived and sharing conversation with Editor Sheila Sampath.
Friday, November 15
7 p.m. Security, Surveillance and the Strong State
Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Youth Forum!
To register, please fill out the registration form by clicking here.
We’ll be discussing issues that matter to youth, including underemployment, employment education costs and the transition from school to work. We hope you'll bring your own ideas about the issues that matter to you to the table too! The event is free and includes lunch, dynamic speakers, and the opportunity to engage with youth from around Ottawa on these important issues.
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