Media Coverage

  • July 16, 2018

    Mali peacekeeping mission hits close to home for small Quebec farming town

    The connection dates back to 1985, when the non-profit Canada World Youth put out a call for towns that were interested in hosting a Mali exchange program.

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    Source: Global News

  • July 20, 2017

    Tears and laughter at Canada World Youth reunion

    Participants in the Canada World Youth reunion say they had an “absolutely wonderful time” revisiting Lillooet and catching up with their host families from 37 years ago.


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    Source: Lillooet News

  • May 3, 2017

    CWY sends indigenous youth to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and hosts event

    Rita S. Karakas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth (CWY) and Arnold Blackstar, Director of Indigenous Programming, are proud to announce the participation of six indigenous youth at the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16), from 24 April to 5 May, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This is the third edition of the CWY United Nations Seminar, one of the four pillars of the CWY Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

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  • March 10, 2017

    ‘Daughters of the vote’ take seats in House of Commons

    “I envision a Canada that is fierce in its leadership and shows just how much every person is equal,” the 22-year-old, who also goes by her English name, Teanna Ducharme, told MPs who had gathered Tuesday to hear her address the House of Commons committee on the status of women.

    Teanna Ducharme is a CWY alumni.

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  • February 3, 2017

    Vous êtes le changement

    Rafik Boualam est un ancien personnel de terrain à Jeunesse Canada Monde

    Comme vous le devinez à son nom, Rafik Boualam n’est pas né à Roberval. Je dis ça et c’est complètement con, on peut très bien s’appeler Boualam et naître n’importe où. La preuve, ses enfants sont nés à Montréal.

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    Source: La Presse

  • February 1, 2017

    John Parisella reçoit deux décorations de l’UdeM

    John Parisella s’est vu décerner, le 30 janvier, la Médaille de l’Université de Montréal et l’Insigne du mérite de la Faculté des arts et des sciences (FAS) à l’occasion d’une rencontre du Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’UdeM (CERIUM) intitulée «Conversation privilégiée avec John Parisella: que faut-il attendre de la présidence Trump?»

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    Source: Université de Montréal nouvelles

  • September 8, 2016

    Reviving Canada Youth Exchange Program

    Youth up to the age of 35 could learn more about culture, thanks to the revival of the Canada Youth Exchange Program. The Philippines National Youth Commission and Canada World Youth signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently.

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    Source: Asian Pacific Post

  • September 1, 2016

    Canada, Philippines Relaunch Youth Exchange Program

    Rita S Karakas, President  & CEO of Canada World Youth and Leoncio B Evascco Jr., Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines, agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The Philippines National Youth Commission and Canada World Youth to resume Youth Exchange programmes. The goal is to launch the exchange program in 2017.

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    Source: Philippine Canadian

  • August 26, 2016

    Humanitarian with incurable cancer ponders a life spent helping those in crisis

    In more than 25 years of humanitarian work, Alain Lapierre has lived among refugees in the Central African Republic, the only white man in a camp of 30,000; delivered a jumbo jet full of food into the middle of a war zone; steered his truck down streets littered with bodies left to rot in the sun; and even lost his office and all his possessions to a volcanic lava flow.

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    Source: Ottawa Citizen

  • May 27, 2016

    How Canada should rethink international assistance

    Article written by Mr. Colin Robertson, Chair of Canada World Youth’s Board of Directors

    The Globe and Mail,  Thursday, May 26, 2016

    As the federal government rethinks its international assistance policies, it should heed the call from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for transformative change to global humanitarian relief.

    This week’s Istanbul humanitarian conference has put the spotlight on the current state of the global relief system and the effort to reform how the world responds to humanitarian crises.

    Disasters, natural or man-made, are increasing. So is the number of conflicts as well as failed and failing states. And the current system of international aid is underfunded and overstretched. The UN estimates that 125 million people need humanitarian relief. The need for smarter relief and development assistance is urgent and immediate. Rethinking our international assistance is timely and sensible.

    Officials at the Istanbul conference pointed to the breakdown of international norms on asylum, the need to localize aid and frictions between those who provide relief and those who do not. The conference will provide some much-needed context for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Group of Seven leaders, who are looking at aid accountability as part of their broader summit discussions this week in Ise-Shima, Japan.

    While the UN is often criticized as nothing more than a talk shop, in recent months it has concluded a global climate accord and set new sustainable development goals – all of which will factor into Canada’s assistance review. The review, running from May to July, promises broad consultation with planned events around governance, pluralism, diversity and human rights as well as peace and security.

    The future direction of Canadian assistance is clearly stated in the government’s discussion guide. International assistance is to advance the UN 2030 Sustainable Development agenda while applying “a feminist lens” to help “the poorest and most vulnerable people.” But to expect more money would be “unrealistic … in the current fiscal context.”

    While the overall direction has yet to be determined, the differences between the previous Conservative government’s approach – an emphasis on environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance – are likely to be more tonal than substantive.

    Nor is former prime minister Stephen Harper’s framework – with its emphasis on untied aid and a selective country focus – likely to change. The Liberal government has also decided, wisely, to maintain the consolidation of diplomacy, trade and development.

    Much of Mr. Harper’s signature program, to improve maternal, newborn and child health, also fits into the Liberal paradigm. The government will continue supporting this initiative, but with more support for family planning and greater attention to the root causes of maternal and child mortality.

    The success of the government’s development review will hinge on a number of factors.

    First, investing more money. Canada currently sits in the bottom half of the members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development when it comes to development assistance. While the Liberal government is right to oppose “throwing buckets of money indiscriminately,” more money, well-spent, makes more impact.

    As a recent report assessing Canada’s engagement gap put it, we meet the definition of “free riders” when it comes to development and defence. If Britain can devote 0.7 per cent of its gross domestic product to development assistance and 2 per cent to defence (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization standard), shouldn’t we at least aspire to this goal?

    Second, Mr. Harper was right when he underlined the importance of accountability in development. But let’s do it with a lighter touch, practise risk management and recognize that civil society organizations (CSOs) need multiyear commitments to demonstrate results. Governments insist that CSOs bring their overhead down, yet they drown them in paperwork.

    Third, we can’t boil the ocean so we need to focus. Our projects will always reflect our values, but there is nothing wrong with choosing those that also complement our trade and investment interests. In Africa, for example, our development assistance should work in tandem with our resource industries’ investment to demonstrate best-in-class corporate social responsibility.

    Fourth, we need to improve and develop Canadian expertise by investing in Canadian CSOs and in youth exchanges. Programs like Canada World Youth gave generations of Canadians their first international experience while giving their foreign counterparts an appreciation of Canada that has opened doors in diplomacy, trade, education and migration.

    Finally, donors – especially in the West – are fatigued and skeptical about aid’s effectiveness. The Liberal government should use these consultations to reassure Canadians about the efficacy of development assistance.

    A former diplomat, Colin Robertson is vice-president and fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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