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Fall 2017 Newsletter

Volume 12


In this issue

  • New research
    • "The Political Behaviour of Youth in Whitefish River First Nation"
      Theo Nazary

      "Fighting Young Voter Apathy: Automatic Voter Registration for College Students in Virginia"
      Evan Baines

  • New tools
    • Learning about municipal elections
      CIVIX, Radio-Canada, Springtide

      New and exciting podcasts!
      Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, Springtide

  • General updates
    • PoliDoc Contest
      Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship

      Everyday Political Citizen Nominations
      Samara

      Canada's Democracy Week
      Elections Canada

    • Upcoming events
    • Indigenous Knowledge Conference
      beSuperior Consulting

      Democracy & Youth Week
      Encounters with Canada

Upcoming events

Indigenous Knowledge Conference
beSuperior Consulting

November 15–16 will mark Thunder Bay's first Indigenous Knowledge Conference, hosted by beSuperior Consulting. This conference will be held in the Robinson Superior territory in the sacred Lands of Anemki Wajiw. The aim is to examine what and how Indigenous knowledge is expressed, and how we can facilitate this in our practice and our work, so that we are best meeting the needs of our clients and learners, and for better understanding and good relations. There will be lots of opportunities to network and connect.

This conference welcomes anyone who is interested in learning more about these topics, particularly students, service providers and other organizations!

Democracy & Youth Week
Encounters with Canada

Encounters with Canada (EWC) is entering its fourth decade of Democracy & Youth Week! This is a unique experience where students aged 14 to 17 from across Canada are given the opportunity to visit Ottawa for a full week to explore the nation's capital. Activities for the week include a VIP tour of Parliament, a visit to Rideau Hall, workshops with parliamentary interns, a mock election and presentations by politicians at different levels of government. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about democracy in Canada while meeting new people and making new friends! To learn more, please visit the website.

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New research

"The Political Behaviour of Youth in Whitefish River First Nation"
Theo Nazary (2016)

This thesis explores the political behaviour of First Nations youth living in Whitefish River First Nation, located near Sudbury, Ontario. This research provides detailed descriptions of the experiences of these youth, focusing on their political attitudes, opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics such as voting in Canadian elections, band elections, participating in Idle No More, and the representativeness of the Canadian and band political systems. Using a community-based participatory research approach paired with Indigenous research principles, the author points out the differences and similarities between these First Nations youth and the general Canadian youth, and ways in which First Nations youth participate in activities rooted in their culture and traditions. Read more about it here!

"Fighting Young Voter Apathy: Automatic Voter Registration for College Students in Virginia"
Evan Baines (2017)

Similar to Canadian youth, young people in the United States are less likely to be registered to vote. This short American article proposes a new policy idea to increase youth voting by reducing registration barriers. Click here to learn more about this interesting policy proposition!

New tools

Learning about municipal elections
CIVIX, Radio-Canada, Springtide

It has been a busy fall at the municipal level, with elections in Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Quebec. A variety of interesting approaches have been taken to educate students and others about municipal elections.

CIVIX organized a Student Vote parallel election for elementary and secondary schools coinciding with the Alberta municipal and school board trustee elections on October 16, 2017. Students from across the province learned about the electoral process, engaged in the campaign and cast ballots for the official local candidates.

Radio-Canada collaborated with Commission jeunesse de Gatineau to produce C'est parti, je vote! This teaching toolkit for youth aims to stimulate classroom discussion and allow students to engage in reflection about municipal elections. This toolkit is offered in French only.

For those interested in getting involved in politics, Springtide put together a series of online videos titled Local Decisions. Created in partnership with the Department of Municipal Affairs for the 2016 municipal elections in Nova Scotia, these videos provide insights on various aspects of a municipal campaign.

New and exciting podcasts!
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, Springtide

The Montréal-based Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) launched its first-ever podcast series in May 2017. With 18 podcast sessions already posted, the topics range from Canadian political debates and electoral reform to American politics and Brexit.

Springtide, based in Halifax, will be launching a new podcast this fall. Govern Yourself Accordingly will be a program for engaged citizens and public leaders who want to shape the future through politics—with their integrity intact.

General updates

PoliDoc contest
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship

The CSDC has launched an exciting new contest for Quebec university undergraduate and Cégep students! To participate in the contest, students are asked to submit a short documentary film proposal on topics related to democracy, civic engagement, political participation, representation, diversity and other topics related to the exercise of democracy. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 15, 2017. One documentary in French and one in English will be chosen as winners, and they will be screened at Canada's Democracy Week 2018!

Poster for the PoliDoc 2017–2018 contest
Poster for the PoliDoc 2017–2018 contest

Everyday Political Citizen nominees
Samara

Everyday Political Citizen is an annual contest organized by Samara that highlights local stories about Canadians participating in their democracy, working to make their community better. Check out the current list of EPCitizen nominees! A jury of prominent Canadians will soon select winners in three age categories: under 18, 18–29, and 30+.

Canada's Democracy Week
Elections Canada

Canada's Democracy Week took place the week of September 15–21, 2017. This year, the theme was Democracy Face to Face. It was an opportunity for Canadians across the country to start a conversation about democracy and continue that conversation throughout the year. Visit the website for new teaching tools and activities.