Canada, Youth, and The Right To Water

Canada, Youth, and The Right To Water

March 31, 2008

Canada, Youth and the Right to Water is a project, designed to create awareness and foster a generation of young leaders with critical thinking skills to address the issue of water scarcity; water sanitation; and the right to water. This project was launched with the assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) via their Public Engagement Fund.
Youth were selected from Toronto Community Housing and Havergal College to makeup a Youth Advisory Committee. The committee meets bi-monthly to explore a spectrum of issues related to water and will be using their found knowledge to create: a youth statement; youth perceptions video survey; advocate at the Model UN; and other related projects based in their communities.

The Youth Advisory Committee are selected young leaders from TCHC and Havergal College, that make-up a core working group.
These youth of diverse backgrounds come together and find common ground over an issue that they see as being crucial and work together to raise awareness amongst their peers and civil society.
The Advisory Committee is made-up of 8 young leaders that are engaged in the programme design and activities. These eight are not only active in this group, and are members/leaders in local community youth groups and clubs in their schools.

This June, these youth will be attending the Water & Sustainablility Expo in Zaragoza, Spain. There they will make a presentation on behalf of Canada, debut a video that they have been working on, and collaborate with youth to discover other ways to see water and to show the potential of education as a way of change.

for more information contact:

  • United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada): Lauren Alcorn, Project Officer. Lauren.alcorn@unac.org T: 416 666 4770
  • For Toronto Community Housing: Julet Allen Julet.allen@torontohousing.ca T: 416 676 3064
  • For the Institute at Havergal College: Ann Peel, Director. apeel@havergal.on.ca T: 416 483 6796 x 6504