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March 2017 RCS Canada Youth Newsletter

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Authors: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: March 16, 2017

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January 2017 RCS CANADA YOUTH NEWSLETTER

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Authors: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: January 20, 2017

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Vancouver Island Student Commonwealth Conference held in November 2016

The Vancouver Island Student Commonwealth Conference gathered for it's annual meeting this past November, providing a fantastic opportunity for local youth to engage in meaningful, and enriching debate about the effects of climate change. The event was held at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, organized by St. Michaels University School teachers Tony Goodman, and David Lynch (an alumnus of the National Student Commonwealth Forum).

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Author: Koby Grewal, Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada Vancouver Island Branch Youth Representative
Item: Vancouver Island Student Commonwealth Conference held in November 2016
Date: January 20, 2017

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A Watershed and Divining Rod: The Statute of Westminster, 1931, and the Commonwealth

December 11, 2016 marked the 85th anniversary of the passing of the Statute of Westminster.

After the enactment of the Statute, the British Parliament ceased to legislate on behalf of the dominions without their consent. Additionally, changes to the Royal Succession required the consent of the dominions, paving the way for the creation of the independent crowns of each dominion.

By recognizing the legislative independence of the dominions, the Statute of Westminster was a key moment in the evolution of the British Empire into today's Commonwealth of Nations. More than Canada Day, Statute of Westminster Day can be considered Canada's "Independence Day".

RCS British Columbia Mainland Branch President Shawn Wade reflects on the significance of the Statute to both Canada and the Commonwealth and its context in the evolution from empire to Commonwealth.

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Author: Shawn M. Wade LL.M., President - RCS British Columbia Mainland Branch
Item: Watershed and Divining Rod: The Statute of Westminster, 1931, and the Commonwealth
Date: December 11, 2016

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A Canadian Reflects on the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Early in November 2016, the BC Legislature hosted the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP). Young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth participated in the 5-day event, acting as Members of Parliament for the fictional country of Commonwealth Land. They learned about the common form of government that links most Commonwealth nations as well as formed connections with like-minded people across the globe. RCS British Columbia Mainland member, Stefanie Panesar had the great opportunity to participate and reflects on her time at the CYP.

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Author: Stefanie Panesar, Secretary, RCS British Columbia Mainland Branch
Item: A Canadian Reflects on the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament
Date: November 25, 2016

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November 2016 RCS CANADA YOUTH NEWSLETTER

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Authors: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: November 9, 2016

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AUGUST 2016 RCS CANADA YOUTH NEWSLETTER

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Authors: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: August 2, 2016

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RCS Canada Youth attend GAC Youth Consultation

On June 28, 2016 Joshua Mazur and I (Alison Bloom) attended the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Youth Consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to gain an insight into where youth believe Canada should focus its international development efforts. This consultation involved youth around Ottawa, the Minister of International Development, the honourable Maria-Claude Bibeau and her private secretary, along with other GAC employees. This was a chance for youth to speak on their expertise on how they believed Canada should assist in reaching the SDGs. There were seven themes, including: health and rights of women and children; clean economic growth and climate change; governance, pluralism, diversity and human rights; peace and security; responding to humanitarian crises and the needs of displaced populations; poverty, inequality, vulnerability and fragility; and delivering results: improving effectiveness, transparency, innovation and partnerships.

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Authors: Alison Bloom and Joshua Mazur
Item: Youth, Consultation, Global Affairs Canada
Date: June 30, 2016

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National Student Commonwealth Forum Alumni Celebrate the International Day of the African Child

To celebrate the International Day of the African Child, on June 16th, 2016, several recent National Student Commonwealth Forum alumni, Ammani Hanafe, Ana Paula Sanchez, Alexus White, Gillian Hollebone, Isabella Orozco, and James Myles, had the opportunity of attending the launch of an exhibit “Girls Voices: Speaking out against Child Marriage”. The event was held at the Global Affairs Canada building in Ottawa, and was hosted by The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, in collaboration with the organization Girls Not Brides, that works with over 600 civil society organizations worldwide. Together, they seek to support, and empower communities in order to harmonize existing state and nationwide initiatives to end child marriage. The exhibit presented images and untold stories of young girls from various parts of the globe who express how elaborately linked child marriage is to poverty, natural disasters, warfare, social infrastructures and education. Several government officials and NGO guest speakers including (Nidhi Bansal, Marissa Kokkoros, Sarah Fountain-Smith, Marie-Claude Bibeau, David Morley), were present at the event. Discussions revolved around planning and protecting girls, increasing educational investments, ensuring flexible education with training for those already married, investments in reproduction health, and modifying social infrastructures.

The National Student Commonwealth Forum is a programme of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Ottawa Branch. The alumni who were in the Ottawa area for the day of the event were able to attend through a gracious invitation extended by Global Affairs Canada to the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada, of which the Ottawa Branch is a member. Article written by Ammani Hanafe, member of the RCS Ottawa Branch.

In the attached image (GAC 16 June IDAC) are some of the youth who attended the event, left to right: Isabella, Gillian, James, Ammani, Ana-Paula.

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Author: Ammani Hanafe
Item: Youth, Development, Human Rights, Global Affairs Canada
Date: June 17, 2016

June 2016 RCS Canada Youth Newsletter

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Author: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: June 15, 2016

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April 2016 RCS Canada Youth Newsletter

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Author: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: April 21, 2016

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February 2016 RCS Canada Youth Newsletter

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth in Canada. Please distribute freely within your networks!

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Author: Vice-Chair Youth - Jenny Stodola
Item: Commonwealth Youth in Canada
Date: February 15, 2016

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10th Commonwealth Youth Forum

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum took place in Malta from the 21st to 25th of November 2015, and we had the privilege of being chosen as the official National Youth Delegates to represent Canada. Every two years, the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth meet to discuss Commonwealth priorities and global issues, as well as create objectives and policies to be acted on for the following two years. The Commonwealth Youth Forum runs prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) and provides youth the opportunity to learn and create recommendations based on youth priorities as well as encourage networking and partnerships among youth across the Commonwealth. Once the recommendations are passed by the youth General Assembly, they are presented to CHOGM for consideration. National Youth Delegates are selected from each Commonwealth country, and an open-call was held to allow any youth from the Commonwealth to attend as Observers. We were fortunate to hear from distinguished leaders and experienced practitioners, including Ministers and youth activists over the course of 4 days and are excited to share with you our experiences.

Read more on our 8-part series about our experiences in Malta!

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Authors: Aden Hamza & Joshua Mazur
Event: Commonwealth Youth Forum
Date: November 21-25, 2015

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