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NEWS: Nunavut November 20, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Nunavut’s Nov. 22 youth parliament goes live

Local co-op television channels to show proceedings from Legislative Assembly

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You can watch Nunavut's Youth Parliament, which takes place Nov. 22 in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, starting at 1:30 p.m., on your local co-op television channel. (FILE PHOTO)
You can watch Nunavut's Youth Parliament, which takes place Nov. 22 in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, starting at 1:30 p.m., on your local co-op television channel. (FILE PHOTO)

Even if you’re not at Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit on Nov. 22, you’ll be able to watch what goes on during the 4th Nunavut Youth Parliament, when Nunavut students take over the roles of the legislature’s speaker, premier, ministers and regular members.

That’s because the proceedings, slated to start at 1:30 p.m. in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly, will be televised live across the territory on local co-op channels.

“I encourage Nunavummiut to tune in and watch the leaders of tomorrow express their thoughts on the issues facing our territory and its youth,”  Hunter Tootoo, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, said Nov. 20.

This year’s youth parliamentarians, who are enrolled in Nunavut high schools, were selected to represent Nunavut’s 19 constituencies by their respective schools.

While they’re in Iqaluit, Youth Parliament participants will tour the Legislative Assembly and take part in workshops to learn about the roles of members of the Legislative Assembly.

Then, on Nov. 22, they will assume the role of speaker, premier, ministers and regular members. They’ll also deliver statements and ask questions.

“The Speaker’s Youth Parliament provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the democratic process and experience the role of an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly,” Tootoo said.

Edna Ekhivalak Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, will open the televised proceedings of the Youth Parliament.

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