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D 250 – 108 young people celebrated the anniversary of our country’s democracy in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In September 2008, young people from across Canada participated in the 250th anniversary celebrations of the first elected legislative assembly in Nova Scotia - the first of its kind in our country - and recognized as the beginning of democracy in Canada.
Why did EWC make this trip to Nova Scotia? To make a mark! EWC was invited by the Democracy 250 team in Halifax to celebrate this milestone and to learn more about Canada's democratic system. In Halifax, students explored topics such as active citizenship and the value of voting, while they shared their vision for Canada.
EWC jumped at this opportunity and assembled a group of youth, aged 14 to 17 from all parts of Canada, to come to Nova Scotia's capital city and make their mark. "I came here knowing nothing about the history of democracy and Halifax, and left with a true understanding of how important it is to keep democracy alive and to vote," said Kendra Ashton from Vancouver, British Columbia. Discovering and experiencing Halifax's unique history and culture on a variety of excursions, as well as discussing relevant issues surrounding democracy in Canada, were but some of the highlights the students experienced during their week.
Participants also had the opportunity to document the D250 experience on video, creating thought-provoking pieces that sparked debate by asking tough questions and tackling others. These videos were posted on FYICanada.ca to get teens talking about politics! You won't want to miss these videos to see how our young Canadians made their mark!