The National Youth Forum was spectacular! Eight energetic and creative multi-media youth presentations performed by participants highlighted issues, challenges, opportunities and recommendations from the four regional Canada 150&Me Youth Forums held this past Spring in Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Winnipeg. Invited guests from among Canada’s government, business and community leadership replied to the youth reports.
Governor General of Canada
Mr. Johnston’s professional career began in 1966 as assistant professor in the Queen’s University law faculty. He moved on to the University of Toronto’s law faculty in 1968, and became dean of Western University’s law faculty in 1974. He was named principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University in 1979, serving for fifteen years before returning to teaching as a full-time professor in the McGill Faculty of Law. In June 1999, he became the fifth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, serving until 2010 when he was asked to serve as Canada’s 28th governor general.
Throughout his career, Mr. Johnston has served on numerous provincial and federal task forces and committees, as well as on the boards of a number of public companies. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada) and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was also the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and he chaired the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council and was the first non-American to chair Harvard’s Board of Overseers.
Mr. Johnston is the author or co-author of more than 25 books, including new editions, and he holds honorary doctorates from more than 25 universities and learning institutions in Canada, China, India and Israel. He was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada in 1988 and promoted to companion, the Order’s highest level, in 1997.
On October 1, 2010, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston was sworn in as the 28th governor general since Confederation.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
Perry Bellegarde was named AFN National Chief on December 10, 2014. He has spent his entire adult life putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by the many Chiefs and Elders he has known over the years. Passionate about making measureable progress on the issues that matter most to First Nations people, National Chief Bellegarde is a strong advocate for the implementation of Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. Widely known as a consensus builder with a track record of accomplishment, he brings community people, leaders, Chiefs and Elders together to focus on working cooperatively to move issues forward.
National Chief Bellegarde is from the Little Black Bear First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory. He served as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Saskatchewan Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He has also served as the Tribal Chair of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, Councillor for the Little Black Bear First Nation and Chief of Little Black Bear First Nation.
Charlotte Gray, C.M.
Charlotte Gray has provided Canadians with rich and relevant connections to our history, helping us to understand how our past shapes the Canada of today. A historical biographer, author of ten acclaimed books, she is a brilliant storyteller who is known for her meticulous research and her gift for analyzing human motivation. She has shed new light on the important role women played in our history by bringing to life some of our most remarkable and interesting personalities, such as Susanna Moodie and Isabel Mackenzie King. An adjunct professor at Carleton University, she is also a respected media commentator and volunteer with organizations such as the Dominion Institute and Canada’s National History Society.
Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history.
Charlotte’s most recent book is The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country.
The story of the National Gallery of Canada began in the 19th century with a simple dream that Canada should have a national gallery to call their own. It would be a place to showcase Canadian art; to preserve, study and teach about the vast nation’s cultural heritage; and to acquire magnificent works from around the world.
Today the National Gallery of Canada is one of the world’s most respected art institutions, revered for its scholarship, applauded for its ability to engage audiences of all ages and levels of artistic knowledge ad renowned for its exceptional collection of approximately 65,000 works of art. It makes its home in a grand, light-filled structure of glass and granite in which visitors can find a cloistered garden courtyard, a glass-bottomed pool and a reconstructed 19th century chapel.
One hundred fifty youth between the ages of 14-19 chosen from across Canada arrived in Ottawa, June 24 for eight days of experiential learning, leadership development, and community engagement activities as part of Canada 150&Me, a year-long project aimed at starting a national conversation among youth about the greatest challenges and opportunities facing Canada for their generation.
We reviewed Canada 150&Me projects, participation and engagement at regional Canada 150&Me Youth Forums on-site and on-line, considered the ballots and recommendations from teachers, youth ambassadors and Experiences Canada staff.