The Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society presents a rare opportunity for youth to openly speak about experiences and concerns related to discrimination and hate motivated behavior with community members on April 21st at Beban Park in Nanaimo.
A panel made up of 11 youth (a representation of immigrants, refugee, and aboriginal youth) have been planning and designing this youth led community dialogue. The event will include a powerful Photovoice exhibit created by young people in the community. This process turns the camera lens towards the eyes and experiences of youth and gives them the opportunity to record, reflect and critique the issue of discrimination and hate in creative ways. The photographs accompanied with a narrative provide a venue for youth to express their voices about what they are witnessing in their everyday lives and what they would like to change.
Together participants will discuss and artistically change the photos exhibited until it resembles what they want to see in the community. Participants will be awarded with a certificate of completion, honouring their contribution.
Inspiring keynote speaker Kevin Millsip, Co-Founder of Next Up (www.nextup.ca)- a leadership program for young people committed to social justice, will speak about the importance of youth engagement in building welcoming communities. In 1998, Kevin co-founded Check Your Head an organization that has worked with over 40,000 young people to get involved in global justice issues. In 2004 he co-founded Get Your Vote On – a campaign that registered 20,000 new voters for the 2005 provincial election in BC.
Admission is FREE at Beban Park (Nanaimo), Rm 1-3, 10-3pm, Apr 21
Seats are limited so please RSVP to attend by contacting email@example.com or call 250-753-6911 ext.102