RCS Canada Youth Newsletter | March 2017 | Edition 7
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Youth Newsletter | March 2017 | Edition 7

Apply for the 45th National Student Commonwealth Forum!
The National Student Commonwealth Forum, since 1973, has provided Canadian high school students the opportunity to travel to Ottawa and learn about the Commonwealth and international affairs through a model Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting while at the same time gaining the confidence and ability to become youth leaders in their home community.
  • Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents in grades 10 to 12.
  • This year's NSCF is from April 30th to May 5th 2017.
  • The application deadline has been extended, check for more details!
Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is A Commonwealth for Peace.

Building upon the 2016 theme of An Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. We are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.

  • The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under.

Deadline: 1 May 2017

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Join a local RCS Branch!
Did you know that there are 10 local Royal Commonwealth Society Branches in Canada?
Contact for more information on how to join a Branch!
Victoria | Vancouver | Edmonton | Winnipeg | Toronto | Toronto | Ottawa | Halifax | Fredericton | Charlottetown | St. John's
RCS Associate Fellows in Canada: A Spotlight
Please join us in congratulating Anayah Phares, Queen's Young
Leader, RCS Associate Fellow, and member of the RCS Toronto Branch Council, for being featured in "HERstory in Black", a segment from CBC's "The National".
Watch here!
The Harry Hodson Prize

What does the Commonwealth mean to you? Human rights? Democracy? Legal frameworks? Cultural networks? Trade? Development? Environmental awareness? Imperial legacies? Postcolonial ambitions? Do you want to get published, and see your ideas in print?

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs invites essays on these and other topics as they relate to the Commonwealth as a whole or one of its component parts.

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2017
Click here to learn more.

Engaging the Commonwealth Through Your Education
Are you a student? Have you wanted to travel during your studies? Have you been looking for a way to engage with the Commonwealth community?

RCS Canada is proud to present a new resource for Canadian students; a catalog of study abroad and exchange programs for Canadian students in Commonwealth countries! Use this resource as a springboard to immerse yourself in new experiences during your education. Click here to view the resource from the RCS Canada News page.
#LifeInLeggings: The Caribbean Perspective 
"Goal 5 of the SDGs addresses gender equality and empowerment, but Latoyaa Roberts-Thomas, 29, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Trinidad and Tobago, says parts of the Caribbean need greater understanding of gender discrimination and violence against women. A social media phenomenon is part of the response." Click to read more...
The Commonwealth on TVO's The Agenda
In February, TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin dedicated a portion of his current affairs program to analyzing the history and future potential of the Commonwealth. 
Watch it online now!
Leverage your passions internationally with the Commonwealth!
The Commonwealth offers the opportunity for youth to get connected and advocate for issues that are important to them. Youth networks also discuss and consult on issues that affect young people and citizens of the Commonwealth, and initiate youth-led programmes that make a difference.
Current networks include:

This regular newsletter is distributed by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada to highlight Commonwealth-related programs, events or initiatives occurring around the Commonwealth that have a youth aspect or may be of interest to youth or those who support youth.
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