Rep Day 2017

April 5th, 2017 by CIVIX

CIVIX is coordinating visits between Members of Parliament and Canadian students as part of the Rep Day program!

Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects students at the elementary and secondary levels with their local MP for a dialogue on government, the electoral process and issues that affect them. The program aims to help students develop a better understanding and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy.

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Since the 2017 program was launched in January, more than 70 visits have been organized and 40 of them have already taken place. Over 50 MPs from across nine provinces and one territory are participating this winter and spring and together are engaging with more than 1,000 students.

Since the creation of the Rep Day program in 2012, close to 500 visits have been coordinated across Canada, and more than half of all MPs have participated. In 2016 alone, 284 visits were coordinated in every province and territory and engaged 13,000 students.

 

The feedback from teachers and MPs has been extremely positive:

“The MP was impressed with the variety of questions and issues raised by the children and as always enjoyed engaging with them. We look forward to continue working with CIVIX to serve our communities.” (Ms. Hilla Master, Constituency Manager for Mr. Arnold Chan, MP for Scarborough-Agincourt)

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“The visit with MP Eglinski was wonderful! My students were very grateful for the opportunity to meet with him and ask questions about his role and experience. Thank you for all the work you did to pass the information along and make sure everything worked out. I really appreciate this! Thanks again! All the best!” (Ms. Andrea Maduik, St. Anthony School, Alberta)

The Rep Day program will run through the remainder of the school year with visits coinciding with Parliamentary break weeks. The remaining weeks are from April 17th to 21st, April 24th to 28th and May 23rd to 26th.

Interested schools are invited to contact CIVIX to take part and receive free curriculum resources to help guide the visit.

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