Ottawa Convention 2016

With Convention only just over a week away, Greens across the country are gearing up for the largest convergence of members of 2016. Thanks to the donations of various members of the party, the Young Greens of Canada will be making a huge splash at the event! With many scheduled appearances, there will be many opportunities for the voices of Canadian youth to be heard by the entirety of the party. 

As transportation to the event is quite difficult for many, given the massive size of our great country, we are preparing to broadcast all of our events across social media. Our newly formed council has many options for how to participate, and we'd love to get as much input from you as possible! While all of us will be posting on our own media accounts (see Council 2016-2017 photos on our Facebook page), all of our content will be shared on our national accounts. If you aren't already, you can follow us on facebook at "Young Greens of Canada - Jeunes Verts du Canada," on Twitter at @younggreenscan or @jeunesvertscnd , on Instagram at @younggreenscan , and on Snapchat at YoungGreensCan . (Notice a pattern?) We will be posting as much as humanly possible and introducing you to as many delegates as we can. There is word that our leader may even be making an appearance! Stay tuned for more.

If you do find yourself in Ottawa during the Convention weekend (August 5-7), we will be meeting at New Generation Sushi on the Friday between 5 and 7pm. This is located on 150 Laurier Ave W; this is an open event to all Young Greens, whether you are attending Convention or not. We'd love to see you there! 

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions for us, please don't hesitate to give us a buzz on social media, or via our email at youth@greenparty.ca . Our new communications guy takes great delight in hearing what you have to say and is doing all that he can to guarantee a timely response.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Recapping the Young Greens Retreat

Through August 7th - 9th, Young Greens from across Canada came together for the Young Greens Retreat & Training weekend. The weekend was focused on building connections across the youth membership of the Young Greens of Canada and growing capacity for the upcoming election.

We were joined by several special guests over the weekend, including Ilona Dougherty, Co-Founder of Apathy is Boring, who facilitated discussions around youth engagement and building the youth vote. Local campaign organizers also joined in over the weekend, leading sessions around campaigning, Green policies, and canvassing.

Ending the weekend, there were a few major takeaways.

Young Greens are building leadership experience throughout the party, particularly in campaigns. While we're awesome at knocking on doors, we're also proving that our energy and fresh perspectives are a huge asset in building and driving campaigns forward.

We came away aligned on the issues we feel are most important to our generation and generations to come. We're ready to bring these issues to the forefront, and share with our peers how the Green Party is leading the way on these issues.

We had an opportunity to share our individual experiences, and build capacity from this learning. Campus Club leaders, community activists, campaign organizers and engaged Young Greens discussed our best practices, and are ready to bring them into action in our home ridings.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we left the weekend with a true sense of community amongst the Young Greens. Our membership varies greatly, and comes from many different backgrounds. Spending the weekend together, learning and getting to know each other, has strengthened our connections, and fired up every single one of us for the election period and beyond!

On behalf of the Young Greens Council, I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to come and invest their time and energy. We're looking forward to many more!