CONTRIBUTION · 18th November 2011
Terrace Daily News
Video attached below
A unique gathering took place on Saturday, November 12. Almost every Council and Mayoral candidate showed up at the Skeena Mall in the former Northern Drugs location to engage in an interactive sharing of concerns.
The topic was our youth and the challenges they face today in Terrace. During the opening remarks a staff member of the Ministry of Children and Families, not speaking in any official capacity, referred to research which demonstrated the demographic most at risk is the young aboriginal female. Many are found couch surfing.
It is not just this group the dialogue was addressing, it was all children; from newborns to young adults. The concept was to bring awareness and enlighten those running for Terrace Council to the serious issues revolving around our youth.
Those present: parents, youth and candidates were asked to write an issue of interest for discussion on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall. The facilitators then grouped these concerns into common themes. Tables were then set up for participants to gather around in smaller groups to discuss the topic and debate solutions and the dilemma. They gathered for 15 minutes and then moved to another discussion group.
The politicians did not provide an opening statement or engage in a debate. What they did do however is address those gathered after the exchange of ideas and the concerns. Most of the candidates expressed a new awareness. Many had not been this engaged. It is to the credit of the organizers for finding a unique manner in which to bring such a sensitive and critical topic to prominence.
We have attached a video compilation below the pictures. Note, Bruce Martindale who was present, was not caught by the video. It was turned on part way through David Pernarowski's closing remarks.