This year is undoubtedly like none other in the past century, for a notable reason you might not know of yet.
We are one of the oldest model parliament organizations in the Commonwealth, having held sessions continuously since 1922. This is the first Winter Session to not be held at the Manitoba Legislative Building in all our 99 year history. We constantly work to educate and involve youth in Canada’s political system, aiming to help create the next generation of parliamentarians, community leaders, and active citizens. So despite this years Winter Session looking very different, the sentiments are engaging and traditional. Nina Lam, the Vice-Chairperson of the organization, shares:
“Despite this being the first year in our 99-year history that we’re not holding our Winter Session at the Manitoba Legislature, everyone involved has been working tirelessly to preserve the unique experience that allows youth to feel inspired, enlightened, and engaged with the activities and with their peers.”
Over the past century, youth have discussed the issues of their time within the same four walls, ranging from the legalization of alcohol, women’s participation in politics, and online privacy. Though YPM will not be able to be in the Manitoba Legislature as usual, the organization was committed to continuing its consecutive record and providing youth a platform to discuss their experiences and thoughts during a tumultuous period in history.
While those who are organizing the event are saddened to be away from the Legislature, they are optimistic that Winter Session will continue to be meaningful and captivating. We are looking forward to hosting this reimagined event and collectively showing persistence in promoting civic engagement and leadership, regardless of the format.