Excerpt from “Debates & Proceedings” –
1st Session – 27th Legislature of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
N.S. Vol. 54 – No. 42A Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ms. Chartier: National Youth Arts Week
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m pleased to rise today to celebrate a successful National Youth Arts Week. Beginning on May 1st and wrapping up yesterday, young people across Canada and Saskatchewan joined together to host the largest youth-led celebration of creative expression and community involvement this country has ever seen.
Mr. Speaker, National Youth Arts Week was started nationally by the Arts Network for Children and Youth, a national non-profit, community arts service organization with a vision to create sustainable arts programming for children and youth in communities across Canada. I am proud, Mr. Speaker, that Saskatoon held 35 events over the course of National Youth Arts Week, the most of any city in Canada.
From crafting workshops to children’s activities to murals to serious discussions about human trafficking and Aboriginal rights, there was no shortage of interesting activities to engage young participants. One of the events of the celebration was in my own constituency at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op where young people contributed to creating a beautiful chalk wall.
This amazing week of arts and youth engagement could not have happened without the talent and organizational abilities of Saskatoon’s local coordinator for Youth Arts Week, Zondra “Zoey” Roy. Twenty-two-year-old Zoey deserves a huge pat on the back for organizing and promoting all these terrific events.
I would ask that my colleagues join with me in congratulating her for a job well done and for contributing so much for youth in her community. A special thank you also goes out to all volunteers and venues for providing opportunities for children and youth to create, discuss, and think outside the box. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.