The Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada (RCS) focus is based on affecting education to the young people of all ages across Canada and the Commonwealth of Nations. Fifty percent of the Commonwealth is aged 25 or under and the skills, innovation and creativity of these young people represent an incredible opportunity in which we believe the Commonwealth must invest. At the Royal Commonwealth Society, we work with educationalists, students and youth leaders from across the 53 Commonwealth nations to try and help realise the potential of our growing youth population.
The Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada's goal is to raise the profile of the modern Commonwealth and its belief the Commonwealth is an important influence for good in the world. RCS Canada completes this task by promoting the six affirmations of the Commonwealth of Nations, its grand history and current foundation of development and values upon which it stands plus much more.
Currently, the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada has produced two informational films. The latest production (June 2015) is entitled BEHOLD THE LIGHT OF DAY | THE STORY OF THE MAGNA CARTA and the latter (2013) BETTER THAN BEFORE | OVERVIEW OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS in English and French for children of all ages, youths, adults and academic institutions. As well, online informational brochures for both these topics have been developed for students between the ages of 7 – 12. To view our films and online brochures plus various Public Service Announcements please visit our Knowledge Centre.
For more information or help promoting and teaching about the Commonwealth of Nations please view our entire website which contains detailed information about the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada and the Commonwealth of Nations or contact your local RCS Branch and its members would be happy to help.
The Commonwealth has six affirmations, which underline the intrinsic values which the entire Commonwealth shares, regardless of religion.
We affirm that every person – of whatever colour, class, creed or age – possesses unique worth and dignity.
We affirm our respect for nature, and that we will be stewards of the earth by caring for every part of it and for it as a whole.
We affirm our belief in justice for everyone and peace between peoples and nations.
We affirm love as the foundation of all human relationships.
We affirm that we each belong to our own nation and to the whole human family: to the service of both we pledge ourselves.
We affirm Commonwealth Day (the second Monday in March) take an observance of a different theme each year which celebrates the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth’s achievements and role, particularly among young people.