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Grab more Chairs! We are Inviting Young People to the Table

Grab more Chairs! We are Inviting Young People to the Table

By Bruna Redoschi, OKN’s Research Associate “Young people are the future. We are building today for future generations. We must think about the kind of world we want to leave for our kids…” We have all heard and repeated these lines in our conversations. No one can argue them, and we try our best to fulfill their meaning, but there is a caveat. Despite our best intentions, adults have their own biases and shortcomings. In Canada, youth are fighting for their space and right to have their voices heard. In 2021 they sued the Canadian government for their right to vote. Youth claim that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right to vote for all Canadian citizens without age qualification. While initially, Canadian citizens were white, property-owning men aged 21 or older, the definition has been expanded since then and should keep advancing to include those who may have been excluded from social and political participation.  Young people are still pressing for...

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