Countdown to Canada 150! Want to join the party?

How are you celebrating Canada's 150 birthday? 2017 is finally here!

How are you celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday? 2017 is finally here!

Are you a teenager, at least 14 years old? Are you a parent with any teenagers 14 or over? Do you teach school to students in grades 9 to 12? Do you lead a youth group or sports club?

If you are, or know students, youth group members or players and enjoy travelling; meeting motivated and inspiring people, sharing ideas with others, then “Experiences Canada 150 & Me” is for you!

Experiences Canada is a Signature Canada 150 initiative offering an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Canadians to join in a national conversation about Canada and the future of our country.

Experiences Canada 150 & Me is hosting a unique series of regional forums for young people across Canada in the spring of 2017 culminating in Ottawa the week before Canada Day. Participants will have a chance to travel to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal, or Halifax for a week-long visit filled with action, conversations, tours and community engagement activities.

Canada 150 & Me starts by inviting Canadian youth to answer the simple question, “What is the greatest challenge or opportunity facing Canada for your generation?” They can reply online using whatever creative media they choose – video, music, written word, or visual art. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

This initiative will involve thousands of students in a conversation about Canada’s future and allow young people to take a leadership role in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday around topics and themes that mean the most to Canadians. A leadership group of 150 students representing all of the regional forums will travel to Ottawa from June 27 to July 2 to present their findings to governments, businesses, and community leaders and to participate as volunteers throughout the week in Canada’s 150th celebrations.

So, let’s get our young folk in Battle River-Crowfoot writing, performing, creating or producing. Let’s ensure they have the chance to join in this year’s sesquicentennial celebrations!

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