Canada’s Democracy Week 2014 – “Democracy: Own It.”

September 15th, 2014 by Dan Allan

Canada’s Democracy Week is here, and we’re excited to take part once again.

Canada’s Democracy Week is organized by Elections Canada and aims to connect Canadians with activities that celebrate our democratic values and traditions.

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The fourth annual Canada’s Democracy Week runs from September 15th to 21st and will encourage Canadians, particularly youth, to learn more about the importance of democracy and voting, and to become more involved in the democratic process.

This year’s theme is “Democracy: Own it.” Youth are encouraged to learn about how they can participate in the electoral process and how to get informed.

We launched the 2014-15 Rep Day program last week as part Canada’s Democracy Week. Rep Day connects schools with their local Member of Parliament for a dialogue about government, the electoral process, and issues that interest them. The program aims to help students develop a better understanding and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy. We’ll have more details to share throughout Canada’s Democracy Week and the weeks ahead.

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Additionally, CIVIX President Taylor Gunn will take part in a discussion on civic education titled “The ABCs of Teaching Democracy” at the University of Ottawa on September 16th. All are welcome to attend.

Youth aged 14 to 17 are also encouraged to get involved by participating in the National Democracy Challenge by submitting an image, a video or writing to win prizes. There is also a school prize and the Canadian school with the most submissions can win a Forum for Young Canadians student bursary. Student Vote Team Leader Sam Livingstone won for her blog post in 2012.

Visit the Canada’s Democracy Week website for more information, including a full list of events.

 

You can also read our Canada’s Democracy Week blogs from past years:

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