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What is more important for Canada today – to showcase our democratic institutions or to use our natural resources wisely? What should our nation’s priorities be for the next 50 years? What is Canada’s place in the world and where do we want to be?

These were just a few of the questions posed at AAISA’s roundtable with more than 10 newcomer youth on Tuesday. Facilitated and organized by ImagiNation 150 (i150), young people had a chance to sit down with two Members of the Order of Canada – FariborzBirjandian and John Currie C.M. – to discuss their visions for the future and how they might be fulfilled.  It was an eye-opening experience to hear such a range of visions and opinions, shaped by diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences.

Conversations were based around six themes:

  1. Using Our Natural Resources Wisely
  2. Renewing Our Democratic Institutions
  3. Making Our Pluralism Work
  4. Taking Our Proper Place in the World
  5. Increasing the Innovativeness of our Economy
  6. Building Healthy Communities

The afternoon’s discussions were recorded for use in a vision document, which will be shared with policymakers and the community at large, as part of i150’s sesquicentennial legacy project.

A big thank you to Members of the Order of Canada, youth participants, as well as clients and staff from the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for participating and making this event an overwhelming success!

Young people are among the least represented in Canadian politics, but together with i150, we can empower the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.

i150 will hold a minimum of 30 roundtable discussions in and around the Calgary area, consisting of 6-12 youth (ages 15-25) and two to four Members of the Order of Canada. To hold your own roundtable or to learn more, click here.

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