National Youth Debate: Leadership for a Sustainable Canada


Contact: Laurel Wayne-Nixon

Phone: 604-899-4475


National Youth Debate: Leadership for a Sustainable Canada

A unique innovation in electoral engagement

May 7, 2019 Vancouver, BC The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is pleased to announce its upcoming National Youth Debate: Leadership for a Sustainable Canada. Held on June 4th, 2019 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm) and timed to coincide with the international Women Deliver Conference, this nonpartisan event gives centre stage to the youth representatives of Canada’s major political parties to debate on questions facing our country while using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an orienting framework.

Party leaders will be invited as guest listeners, so this federal pre-election debate flips the script from political figures speaking on behalf of youth to providing them the opportunity to listen and reflect on their voices. Held in the Theatre 300 at UBC Robson Square, it will gather an in-person audience of 240 selected youth attendees and curate questions from across the country using mobile technology while livestreaming.

Youth make up a quarter of Canada’s population and Millenials are the largest generation in the country. Not only will their votes decide the outcome of this year’s federal election, but they are also inheriting a range of national and global challenges that could see their quality of life soon decline including climate change, growing inequality, and a lack of good jobs. At the same time, Canada already has an ambitious vision for ending poverty, protecting the environment, and ensuring national prosperity: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The use of the Sustainable Development Goals provides a bold enough vision that addresses the main concerns of young people today and provides a broad enough agenda for young political leaders to showcase how their parties will contribute to a better Canada and a better world. The SDGs were signed onto by the Conservatives and continued under the Liberal government, and this agenda provides targets and timelines for dealing with the biggest national and global challenges facing youth and all generations in Canada. The question is how do we get there? Join us as we hear youth perspectives on how their parties will advance a sustainable and prosperous Canada.


If you would like more information about this event, please call Laurel Wayne-Nixon at (604-899-4475) or email at