Youth Dance 4 Peace: Celebrating the Power of Youth
For immediate release
Ottawa, November 28, 2017 – Senator Marilou McPhedran, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid, Members of Parliament Kevin Lamoureux, Doug Eyolfson, Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Daniel Blaikie, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and Make Music Matter will be co-hosting a round dance as part of the international Youth Dance 4 Peace: Celebrating the Power of Youth on December 9th, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at 445 King Street in Winnipeg.
The Youth Dance 4 Peace project promotes the participation of youth in global citizenship. On December 9th, this event will commemorate the second anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS). The UNSCR 2250 was adopted to recognize that youth must be engaged as being agents of change, contributing towards the peace process and preventing and countering violent extremism.
This Youth Dance 4 Peace will be a way to increase the awareness of the UNSCR 2250 among young people using dance as an artistic expression of the power of youth. Together, we will put forward the YPS agenda and its relevance to ensure healthier communities and democracy due to their involvement.
On December 9th, we will join other organizations such as Foot Prints for Change and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, who will be hosting traditional dances in other countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines. Manitoba will highlight the vibrant Indigenous culture as we collaborate with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to host a traditional round dance. All are welcome to attend to celebrate the power of young people through an Indigenous-led round dance.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the vibrant community spirit in Winnipeg. We will be paying tribute to our Indigenous sisters and brothers, through a round dance, and celebrating the power of young people – because young people are crucial agents of change and reconciliation.” – Hon. Marilou McPhedran, Independent Senator for Manitoba
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This press release was published by Senator Marilou McPhedran here. Senator McPhedran is a Canadian Senator and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.