‘It is important youth become a part of the conversation’
— “At that age, it’s hard to feel accepted,” Layton said. “I believe that with more resources, and education programs, kids going through emotional trauma will be able to better cope and understand what they’re going through”
She would also like to advocate for the inclusion of under-represented youth in Canada, including First Nations, LGBTQ, low income and immigrant youth.
“If we cannot include their opinions into our education and outreach, we won’t be able to get the services we need to persevere in life,” Layton said.
For CNC student Stephanie Jack, the opportunity to contribute ideas to talks on global peacebuilding efforts was a huge honour.
“As a First Nations person, it is important my community knows that the roles we play in leadership as youth help inspire and encourage others to get active and participate,” she said.
“We have a voice and the ability to build a better future.”
As faculty mentor, this event brings Frizzell back full circle to his student years when he was the first Canadian SecretaryGeneral of the National Model United Nations held in the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. That event brought together almost 2,000 students from around the world.
A final report from the peacebuilding forum is being presented at a town hall meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan and the UN Secretariat on Wednesday.
“It is important youth become a part of the conversation,” Frizzell said. “This is about strengthening the next generation of global leaders.”