Today is the early bird deadline! Register in the next 24 hours and receive a $10 discount off the registration fee. That’s a 5 day session for just $110!
Session this year will run from December 26 to December 30. It is a great opportunity to develop speaking skills, meet other youth from around Manitoba, share opinions, and connect with provincial political leaders. We strongly encourage all youth aged 16-20 to come and experience it for themselves!
On October 7th, members of YPM’s cabinet were invited to visit the Rainbow Resource Center to facilitate a debate with the Peer Project for Youth. The bill up for discussion was The Gender Equality Act, written by Alumnus (and former Provincial Secretary) Jonathan Northam.
After a round of introductions, Kamal (our Premier), Alanna (Registrar General), Michael (Minister of Alumni Affairs) and Taylor (PS to Finance) broke down the bill clause by clause so that everyone had an opportunity to learn about what the bill wanted to change. After some initial questions, everyone at PPY jumped in and started sharing opinions on what needed to be changed, what made sense, and what seemed to be counterintuitive to the bill’s intent.
Debate went on for over an hour and a half, with discussion on how the changes proposed would impact Canadian businesses, culture, and individual quality of life. Personal stories were shared to explain how diverse the trans* experience is, and to highlight the shortcomings of The Gender Equality Act. The youth at the PPY approached the bill with a sharp, critical focus – and were able to have their voice heard.
Our cabinet had a great time facilitating this debate and hope to see some familiar faces at this year’s Winter Session!
Peer Project for Youth meets Monday and Wednesdays from 7PM-9PM. PPY is a program that offers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and Ally (LGBTTIQQA*) youth (13-21 years old) a safer, fun place to learn new skills, create projects and celebrate identities. Check out their Facebook Group for more information.
October 9th, 10pm at MAKE coffee + stuff on Corydon, YPM & Friends hosted our first ever coffee house fundraiser. First note of the night was played by our (Min. of Labour) Mitch Van Ineveld who shared with us some of his favorite songs on guitar. He was soon joined with harmony by the lovely Emma, a friend.
The next act was a rhythmically complicated jazz saxophone duet by Daniel Denton (Min. of Rural Development) and Nolan Smith (Min. of Publications). The groove was definitely in the air. Sitting still was not an option, the runs alone… just fantastic! Following that, was The Hard Maybes who made their world debut! Made up of multiple cabinet members, the coffee house came alive with their musical renditions.
Everyone who performed did a wonderful job showing how diverse and talented the YP and friends community is. But hands down, our final act of the night, Holly and the Muse with our own Senator Beverly on Ukelele, stole the show. Their song was a hit and if you missed it, it can be heard in the hums of all audience members who were in the crowd. Hopefully next time you will join us!
AYO Politix*and Youth Parliament came together for a thought provoking brainstorm this past Saturday. Michael Champagne guided the brainstorm with a focus on youth engagement in politics. Although, many like to focus on the issues surrounded around our government system and youth apathy; this discussion longed to take the more practical view.
Solutions was the path we wanted to discover, while avoiding the rocky road that is shifting blame. Just stating political “pot holes” in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or our Country is redundant and too easy of a route. The journey took us all to a place of reflection; we were able to discuss how to become brand ambassadors for politics. This includes encouraging others to take action while being aware!
Youth Parliament and AYO are continuing this wonderful partnership. We will be attending Meet Me at the Bell Tower this Friday, October 9. The discussion will be on mental health and awareness; come and be a part of this positive movement.
*Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO) Politix happens every saturday at Neechi Commons and is a forum for all youth and voices to come discuss politics from many perspectives.
The Youth Parliament of Manitoba Cabinet just concluded our annual summer retreat. The weather was wonderful, the food was fantastic (thanks to our Minister of Labour Mitchell van Ineveld) and the mosquitoes mostly stayed away.
Along with team building activities, recruitment strategy modules and legislation presentations, we also found lots of time to just have fun, make new friendships and strengthen old ones. This weekend showed what a great and cohesive group we have in Cabinet this year. We are very excited to continue to grow as a group and to begin planning for the 94th session of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba.
We are excited for what is shaping up to be an excellent event with Wab Kinew on May 7. Tickets are selling fast and the deadline to purchase them will be Friday, May 1. We look forward to seeing all those in attendance and encourage those who wish to support the event, but are unable to attend, to consider the purchase of a Sponsor a Member ticket or making a donation of your choosing. Ticketing and information is available at speakersnight.ypmanitoba.ca.
On Sunday, March 22nd, members of Youth Parliament gathered for our 2015 Annual General Meeting. The meeting was a great success, and included several addresses from the organization’s executives, as well as a productive discussion coming from the membership. Speaker Brent Hardy summed up the last year for the organization, followed by current Premier Kamal Dhillon, who spoke about the goals and direction of YPM for the following year. They stressed the importance that partnerships will play in the future of the organization, particularly our new found partnerships with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities and Parliament Jeunesse Franco-Manitobain. Inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of YPM’s efforts, as the organization tries to reach out to a wider, more diverse group of Manitoba youth than ever before.
The membership also took a giant leap forward in voting to amend all of our governing documents to be completely gender neutral. As part of our effort towards including all potential members of YPM, the membership found it necessary to make official the organization’s openness to all gender identifications. Our bylaws and governing documents are now equipped with entirely gender neutral language, as well as a gender neutral dress code for our annual Winter Session.
After the meeting, members went to Kawaii Crepe for a (delicious) post-AGM event. The high attendance and enthusiasm expressed by the membership is a promising sign that YPM94 will continue to build on the successes of the past few years of the organization.
Join us on May 7th for Speaker’s Night, a gala dinner hosted by Youth Parliament of Manitoba. The event will take place at the Winnipeg Winter Club, and we are honoured to have Wab Kinew as this year’s keynote speaker. For more details, visit speakersnight.ypmanitoba.ca
The 5th Edition of The Youth Parliamentarian, YPM’s community newsletter published by the Youth Parliament of Manitoba Alumni Association (YPMAA) is now available! It can be viewed here.
This issue of the newsletter includes:
– Invitation to 8th Annual Speaker’s Night
– A Glance at YPM93
– YPM Alumni Association Update
– Alumni Meet-ups
– Meet the New YPM Senate Inductees
– Alumni Updates – Where are they now?
– YPM Announces Partnership with AYO!
To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like to contribute to the making of the newsletter or get involved in other ways with the YPMAA, please contact Amy Dhillon (email@example.com) or Michael Urban (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The past two weeks were a busy time for both Youth Parliament of Manitoba as well as our friends, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities.
On February 20th, members of YPM were invited to participate in the weekly gathering of community members on Selkirk Avenue for the anti-violence rally, Meet Me at the Bell Tower.
In an emotional gathering, friends and community members discussed both the challenges facing youth in regards to discrimination and violence, but more importantly the solutions to these problems and the positive work that has been done, and will continue to be done, to support a growing network of engaged and peaceful citizens.
Later in the evening AYO! members joined us for our annual social event, YPM Goes Bowling! at Academy Lanes and Boston Pizza for a night of mingling and fun.
On February 21, YPM was also pleased to join AYO! for the weekly Politix Brainstorm at Neechi Commons. Our discussion ranged from media literacy, the concept of tiered and socially constructed “right-ness”, municipal politics and city planning in the North End.
We also discussed the redevelopment of the Merchant’s Hotel in the North End neighbourhood, an exciting project which seeks to transform the space into a mixed-use building containing housing, education and commercial business.
Also this week, on February 26th, YPM member Deborah Tsao and AYO! leader Michael Champagne co-hosted the Students Together Against Racism Today (START) rally in downtown Winnipeg.
Bringing together 1,000 students from across the city, the student-organized rally had youth march in solidarity in a demonstration to end racism and promote acceptance in our communities. Students celebrated the differences present in our city, province and country and stood united against intolerance and ignorance. Great job, team!