Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
About the Youth Parliament
The Youth Parliament is an opportunity for grade 9 & 10 students in the Northwest Territories to assume the role of a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife. This includes researching community concerns, meeting with their MLA to discuss issues, writing a Member's or Minister's statement, thinking about and writing questions for Question Period, learning the process of making a bill into a law, and having lots of fun.
Letters are sent to all Principals of High schools in the Northwest Territories. They are asked to help select grade 9-10 students in their school by providing them with the application information or by referring them to the Youth Parliament web page on the website of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. All applications are considered and one student from each riding is selected to represent his or her Member of the Legislative Assembly. Any student in the NWT in grade 9 or 10 can apply. Nearly all expenses are paid for by the government. These include, air fare, accommodation, meals, and any scheduled extra curricular activities.
The 2003 Youth Parliament was held from May 5th - 9th, 2003.
The Canadian Children's Rights Council wishes to commend the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories for their efforts to support the rights and responsibilities of Canadian children and youths by including them in the democratic process.
Please visit the websites of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories , The Government of the Northwest Territories and their Youth Parliament.
It is a great example for all of Canada.