Month: October 2015

YPM Attends Rainbow Resource Center’s Peer Project for Youth

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.

YPM and Friends Coffee House

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 Minister of Labour, Mitch van Ineveld, who shared with us some of their favourite songs on guitar. They were soon joined by their lovely friend Emma, who harmonized with Mitch’s music.

The next act was a rhythmically complicated jazz saxophone duet by the Minster of Rural Development, Daniel Denton, and the Minister of Publications, Nolan Smith. 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 every audience members who had the pleasure of listening. Hopefully next time you will join us!

Youth Parliament attends AYO Politix Brainstorm

AYO Politix and Youth Parliament came together for a thought provoking brainstorm this past Saturday. 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. Michael Champagne guided the brainstorm with a focus on youth engagement in politics.

This discussion prompted participants to take a more practical view of youth apathy in politics, seeking solutions instead of shifting the blame. We were encouraged to reflect upon our own experiences, allowing us to come up with ideas for becoming ambassadors for political awareness.

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, and we encourage you to come and be a part of this positive movement!