Lady Grey Elementary School students Leah Keilty, Eve Broderick, and Awnya Divall went to the Canada We Want conference in Toronto with teacher Kristine Divall. Photo Submitted

Students attended Canada We Want conference in Toronto

Three youth from Lady Grey Elementary School (LGES) travelled to Toronto earlier this month to participate in the Canada We Want conference.

The conference invited youth from all over Canada to engage and support youth organizations, and discuss different areas of Canada’s future that affects youth.

LGES students Eve Broderick, Leah Kielty, and Awnya Divall attended the conference in Toronto, addressing structural racism.

“Before we went to the conference, we were doing all sorts of work about issues affecting indigenous youth across Canada,” explained Kristine Divall.

The students worked with Metis artist Dawna-Lea Ringer so create an art project called Project of the Heart, and learned about structural racism prior to heading to the conference.

“The idea coming back from the conference is they came up with some plans of what they’d like to do in our community,” Divall said.

The group of LGES students were teams up with 12 youth of all different ages from across Canada to discuss important issues pertaining to youth in this country, and came up with some recommendations they would give to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The students have also expressed an interest in creating a travelling presentation to accompany a piece they crafted about moccasin design.

In their recommendations, they also included that they would like to participate in more workshops in their school about cultural racism.

The students are particularly interested in structural racism, because there needs to be more education surrounding it to create an inclusive atmosphere for all students and youth in Canada, not depending on race and culture.

“It’s basically when there are systems in place, and if you think about starting with biases and stereotypes, and then your’e adding power and authority to them,” explained Divall. “The more power and authority gets added with something, the more it becomes true in society. It’s just something that we accept as fact. That’s how racism gets built into the structure of our society.”

The Canada We Want conference is led by the Students Commission of Canada, and brought more than 200 youth together to discuss issues like structural racism, mental heath and wellness, marketing food to youth, children’s rights in Canada, gender based violence, youth identity development, and much more.

Just Posted

Your weekly news recap

The Golden Star’s weekly 60-second news recap… Continue reading

Avalanche control scheduled tomorrow on Highway 1 east of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is scheduled along Highway 1 on Dec 15. From… Continue reading

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Golden Rockets win one on the road

The Golden Rockets faced off against the Creston Valley Thundercats on the… Continue reading

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Rescued B.C. cat with misshapen legs in need of forever home – with carpet

Mirielle was born with misshapen back legs and after a tough life on the streets, is looking for a forever home.

VIDEO: Craft growers will add to recreational market, cannabis producer says

Two B.C. men say their expertise in running small legal medical grow-ops a benefit to recreational market

World Sikh Organization demands Canada prove Sikh extremism is a threat

Sikh community says this is first time such extremism has been mentioned in federal terror-threat assessment

Risk of catching the flu increasing in B.C. this holiday season: BCCDC

Dr. Danuta Skowronski with the BC Centre for Disease Control says influenza will pick up during the holidays

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Most Read