‘It is im­por­tant youth be­come a part of the con­ver­sa­tion’

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— “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.”

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