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Youth Dialogue in Montréal

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August 27, 2010

Governor General to Host a “Can We Talk” Youth Dialogue in Montréal

OTTAWA—As part of her “Can We Talk” series, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will host a Youth Dialogue at the Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at 4 p.m. Centered on celebrating the International Year of Youth, the event will assemble 200 youth.

Together, they will discuss the role young people, particularly those in Montréal-Nord, are playing in revitalizing their neighbourhoods through the arts, culture and new information technologies. The dialogue will also explore ways other sectors of Montréal society can assist youth in their endeavours. The Governor General will deliver a speech to launch the discussion. This event is presented in collaboration with the Arrondissement Montréal-Nord and the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada).

About the Governor General’s Youth Dialogues
On August 10, 2010, the Governor General launched the United Nations’ International Year of Youth with a Youth Dialogue at Rideau Hall. To this day, she has hosted “Can We Talk” Youth Dialogues in the following four Canadian cities—August 10: Ottawa, Ontario; August 18: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador; August 23: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; August 25: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Her Excellency’s Youth Dialogues national tour will conclude in Toronto on September 20, 2010.

The Governor General’s Youth Dialogues “Can We Talk” series focuses on galvanizing young Canadians in every part of the country to become catalysts of social transformation and to connect them with decision makers. Twenty-eight Youth Dialogues have been hosted in Canada and abroad. This summer, the series places special attention on celebrating the International Year of Youth, which officially began on August 12, 2010. For more information, please visit www.youth.gg.ca.


About UNA-Canada and the International Year of Youth
UNA-Canada is a registered charity, founded in 1946, with a mandate to educate and engage Canadians in support for, and understanding of, the United Nations and its issues, which have a global impact. A Canadian NGO, UNA-Canada provides a place for Canadians to offer their made-in-Canada solutions to challenges confronting the global community and to develop skills in living together in peace and prosperity. Key programs target Canadian youth as primary participants and focus on human rights, sustainable development, environment, peacebuilding and corporate social responsibility. For more information, please visit their Web site at www.unac.org.

On December 18, 2009, a United Nations General Assembly resolution proclaimed the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, to commence on August 12, 2010. The International Year is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society—to better understand the needs and concerns of youth and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society. For more information, please visit http://social.un.org/youthyear/.

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Media information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
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