CNC stu­dents lead­ing team at UN fo­rum

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Cit­i­zen staff

CNC stu­dents are lend­ing their voices to an international con­ver­sa­tion on global peace­build­ing at the United Na­tions As­so­ci­a­tion in Canada’s Youth as Peace­builders Fo­rum.

To be held to­day and to­mor­row in Van­cou­ver, it’s the third UN Peace­keep­ing De­fence Min­is­te­rial con­fer­ence work­ing to shine a spot­light on youth per­spec­tives re­gard­ing peace­build­ing ef­forts across the globe.

“It is crit­i­cal that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from out­side larger city cen­tres have their voices added to the con­ver­sa­tion,” the team’s fac­ulty men­tor Garth Frizzell said. “This is a re­ally big mo­ment for the stu­dents, CNC and for Prince Ge­orge.”

CNC stu­dents Stephanie Jack, Graeme MacKenzie and Storey Lay­ton pre­pared for the fo­rum by con­nect­ing with other stu­dent teams at UNBC as well as stu­dent teams from Toronto, Van­cou­ver, Cal­gary and Hong Kong via video-con­fer­enc­ing.

For Lay­ton, par­tic­i­pat­ing in this fo­rum is an op­por­tu­nity to coun­ter­act the feel­ing that cer­tain youth voices get lost in the over­all grand scheme of it all. She be­lieves push­ing for men­tal health re­sources and pro­grams in com­mu­ni­ties and schools is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for youth younger than 18.

— see ‘IT IS IM­POR­TANT, page 2

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