Education Minister launches Youth Forum on Education in the NWT

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Yellowknife — November 23, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched the Youth Forum on Education in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, convened the forum to hear directly from students about education issues that matter to them. The group will meet virtually to brainstorm and bring forward topics and issues for the 2022-23 school year.

The students’ perspectives and recommendations, particularly around the delivery and modernization of education, can assist the Minister and the department to develop youth-centered policy and initiatives.

Students will be asked to keep a written journal of their time on the forum and reflect on what they’ve learned and contributed. They may also share information with fellow students about the work of the forum in order to gather feedback from the broader class or school population.

The forum consists of high school students from each education body in the NWT, as well as a superintendent representative, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education and Culture, and may include external invitees going forward.

The first meeting was held on November 17, and another meeting is scheduled in the new year.

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“I’m so pleased to have the privilege to meet with Northwest Territories youth and hear what issues matter to them. The Youth Forum on Education will empower youth to get involved, have a voice and be change-makers in their schools and communities. I look forward to our discussions and getting to know these students.”

- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • Students are supported in their work on the forum by a sponsor teacher at their school.
  • The meetings will be held during an appropriate break time during the school day, so students have access to school technology/infrastructure.
  • As directed by ECE and education leaders, projects and working groups may be initiated to support the work of the Forum.

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Briony Grabke

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

briony_grabke@gov.nt.ca

867-767-9352  Ext. 71073