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  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Active and Engaged

Youth Dialogues

This summer, Her Excellency will pursue her “Can We Talk” Governor General’s Youth Dialogues series in the following Canadian provinces: 

August 10: Ottawa, Ontario

August 18: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

August 23: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

August 25: Winnipeg, Manitoba

August 31: Montréal, Quebec 

September 20: Toronto, Ontario

Please enjoy the Governor General's Youth Dialogue's R&B Anthem
"Can we talk" (MP3, lyrics)

Building on the Governor General’s last five years of engagement with youth across Canada and overseas, 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 hope, creativity and social transformation. Her Excellency shares the ideas and perspectives presented during the dialogues with decision-makers. To date, 24 Youth Dialogues have been hosted in Canada and abroad. This year, the series will place special attention on celebrating the International Year of Youth. 

Past dialogues and concerts have featured such artists as: K’naan, Arianne Moffat, Jully Black, Samian, Ill Scarlet, Sol Guy, Jordan Croucher and many more.

Join hundreds of Canadians in a cross-country dialogue online at

International Year of Youth LaunchAugust 10, 2010


As part of her “Can We Talk” series, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, launched at Rideau Hall the United Nations International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding with a Youth Dialogue on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

MY SUMMIT 2010June 25, 2010


Her Excellency engaged in a Youth Dialogue with over 100 youth leaders from all G-8 countries. MY SUMMIT 2010 is the official international youth summit that was held alongside the G-8 and the G-20 summits. Youth shared their perspectives on global issues and presented the Governor General with their recommendations for G-8 leaders. Canada co-hosted MY SUMMIT 2010 with Global Vision, a not-for-profit organization with expertise in youth leadership training.

2010 Olympic Truce Youth Dialogue, Vancouver, British ColumbiaFebruary 11, 2010


On the eve of the official Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Their Excellencies met with young leaders from across the country to mark the Winter Games through a high-energy discussion.

This 22nd Governor General’s Youth Dialogue focused on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce and how peace, mutual understanding, inclusion and
co-operation can be used in communities to resolve many of the common challenges faced by society today.

Over 500 young people took part in the event. The intercultural dialogue brought together Olympic athletes, young leaders, participants from the Vancouver 2010 Indigenous Youth Gathering, foreign dignitaries, government officials and other special guests.

Building for Social Change, Athens, Greece October 30, 2009

/images/9999/YD02.jpgTheir Excellencies hosted a Youth Dialogue in Athens, entitled, “Building for Social Change: Youth Engagement for a Better Society”. Panellists and participants explored the ways in which Canadian and Greek youth can bring positive change to their communities and to broader society.

Peace Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia October 22, 2009

/images/9999/YD03.jpgHer Excellency hosted a Youth Dialogue during which she met with young Slovenes to discuss the importance of empowering youth to build peace and solidarity in their communities. The Governor General convened the dialogue to explore the positive effects of youth engagement.

Peace and Solidarity, Moncton, New Brunswick August 14, 2009

/images/9999/1.jpgDuring their visit to Moncton, Their Excellencies hosted a Youth Dialogue. The Governor General expressed how happy she was to meet young Acadians. “I believe young people must have the necessary means and resources to share their perspectives and to help find solutions to the problems that plague our communities and the entire planet. It is essential that their points of view are taken into account in decision-making processes.”

Nunavik Issues, Kuujjuaq, Quebec June 1, 2009

/images/9999/2.jpgTheir Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond hosted a Youth Dialogue in Kuujjuaq to addresses issues youth faced by youth in Nunavik, and the ways in which they are addressing such challenges. The discussion was held at the Hamlet Office.

Dialogue on Diversity, Kingdom of Norway April 29, 2009

/images/9999/3.jpgIn the presence of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess, the Governor General hosted a Youth Dialogue on diversity, with representatives from non-governmental organizations and students in attendance. The Governor General delivered a speech and invited young people to express their views on the subject matter.


Civic Engagement, Ukraine April 25, 2009

/images/9999/4.jpgTheir Excellencies hosted a public Youth Dialogue on civic engagement in Lviv, Ukraine, with representatives from non-governmental organizations and local youth organizations. The dialogue focussed on the importance of youth having a distinctive role in the progress and development of their society.


Women Shaping Democracy, Rideau Hall, Ottawa March 3, 2009

/images/9999/5.jpgHer Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, hosted a Youth Dialogue entitled, “What About Us? Women and Girls Changing the Shape of Democracy”. Prior to the discussion, the participants engaged in workshops designed to foster the exchange ideas and thoughts on the subject matter.

The Power of Hope, Rideau Hall, Ottawa January 20, 2009

/images/9999/6.jpgTheir Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Jean-Daniel Lafond marked the inauguration of United States President Barack Obama with a Youth Dialogue at Rideau Hall. The viewing of this historically significant event set the tone for a discussion with over 150 youth about participating in building a better world.

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Civic Engagement in the Czech Republic December 2, 2008

/images/9999/7.jpgThe Governor General hosted a Youth Dialogue with Czech youths from all walks of life to discuss the civic engagement of youth and how they can act as agents of change locally, nationally and internationally. The Governor General has hosted several Youth Dialogues across Canada to provide young people with a voice to debate current affairs.

Youth at Risk in Hungary November 25, 2008

/images/9999/8.jpgThe Governor General hosted a discussion on youth at risk at the Kesztyűgyár Community Centre, in Budapest, Hungary. The Centre offers various classes and counselling to youth, and is host to several organizations, such as the Roma Youth Association and the Drug Prevention Association.

Discussion at the Youth Services Bureau, Ottawa November 17, 2008

/images/9999/9.jpgHer Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, visited the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa to engage street-involved youth in a dialogue, on November 17, 2008. Close to 40 youth from the region, as well as social services professionals, took part in the discussion.


World Youth Congress, City of Québec August 13, 2008

/images/9999/10.jpgThe Governor General brought together hundreds of youth from across the country and around the world, with the help of three dynamic Canadian youth organizations: Apathy is Boring, RéGénération 2008 and TakingITGlobal. This Youth Dialogue was the first in a series of discussions taking place in different Canadian cities, and focused on the new and exciting ways youth are using democracy and acting as effective agents of change locally, nationally and internationally. The event was broadcast on the Web and interested parties were able to send their comments via text message and webcam. Her Excellency was joined by Canadian artists, including Sol Guy, K’naan, Samian and Ariane Moffat.

Social Change, Youth and Democracy, City of Québec June 2, 2008

/images/9999/11.jpgThe Governor General delivered a speech at a discussion on social change, youth and democracy, which was presented in collaboration with the Conseil international des Organisations de jeunes de La Francophonie (CIJEF). Approximately 54 youth from over 30 countries attended the event at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec.

The theme of the day was: “How can the democratic participation of youth and national youth councils provide innovative solutions to the global challenges of the day?”

Youth Town Hall, Inuvik, Northwest Territories April 14, 2008

/images/9999/12.jpgThe Governor General attended a youth town hall meeting at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, where she heard from youth of the Beaufort-Delta Region.

La Cava Youth Discussion, Argentina December 9, 2007

/images/9999/13.jpgTheir Excellencies are greeted by Carlos Trilnick at the Centro Comunitario Joven Creativo. Also pictured is Beatriz Ventura of the Canadian Embassy in Buenos Aires. The University of Buenos Aires has set up a youth project in the poor district of La Cava, which must cope with social problems on a daily basis. Their Excellencies met with a number of youth who have been given video cameras so they can film their surroundings and lifestyle. They viewed videos and spoke with program leaders and participants.

Flash Drive: A Capital Assignment, Rideau Hall, Ottawa October 18, 2007

/images/9999/14.jpgThe Governor General hosted a discussion at Rideau Hall, where 130 young people, between the ages of 15 to 17, were taking part in the “Flash Drive: A Capital Assignment” youth forum in the nation’s capital. Young people from across Canada were grouped together with special guests to produce short videos and lead discussions on the environment, cultural diversity and youth culture. The three-day forum was an initiative of the National Capital Commission (NCC), in partnership with Historica Encounters with Canada, as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Ottawa being chosen as Canada’s capital.

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Racial Discrimination, Rideau Hall, Ottawa May 25, 2007

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on March 21, 2007, and in advance of the United Nations International Day for the Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, on March 25, 2007, the Governor General held the first-ever Youth Dialogue at Rideau Hall. The goal of the forum was to raise awareness about the historical significance of the abolition of the slave trade, and to promote dialogue among citizens on the importance of eliminating racism and promoting human rights in 21st-century Canadian society.