BCCIC was recently asked to put forward the names of two BC Youth who could serve as delegates for a potential ministerial interface with the Global Affairs branch of the Canadian Government. Selection for such an opportunity is incredibly difficult and BCCIC put out a call for youth to step forward, not just to express interest in the opportunity, but to form a self-selection committee. The process and criteria by which the delegates were selected were created by BC youth for BC youth. You can read more about the selected delegates below as well as details on the selection process.
BC Youth Delegate to Global Affairs Canada
My name is Justen Peters and I am from the Okanagan Indian Band. Last year I was part of an aboriginal youth internship with the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA) in which I spent 118 days in rural Uganda operating a sustainable agriculture project. Being in Uganda really opened my eyes to the international community and has inspired me to pursue sustainable products. I have also been a part of aboriginal youth councils and have vast knowledge of indigenous history and current events. The relationship between Indigenous people and Canada is one of the most important relationships Canada has, and sustainable eco-technology is one of our most important investments.
BC Youth Delegate to Global Affairs Canada
Growing up in the West Kootenays, with its small towns and scenic landscapes, established my early passion for nature and community. As I ventured to Vancouver for university, this foundation helped guide me down the continually challenging path of advocacy and social justice.
After travelling to Zambia in 2014 with Development and Peace, a BCCIC partner organization, I was inspired to pursue social and environmental justice on a volunteer, work and academic level. In Zambia, we witnessed firsthand the abhorrently destructive aspects of the extractive industry, particularly from Canadian mining companies. Since then, I’ve worked to increase awareness of the socially and environmentally harmful potential of Canadian lifestyles, while subsequently providing the necessary tools and resources to induce meaningful change. My nearly completed History and International Relations Degree from UBC has provided further insight into both the complexities of and solutions to contemporary global issues, while my Film Diploma from Selkirk College allows me to blend my skills as an advocate and filmmaker.
For the past two years I have worked with Development and Peace as a Youth Rep and Ambassador, where I oversee youth programs throughout the B.C. and Yukon regions. Education is a key part of any social or environmental movement, and this work has helped me realize both the potential and challenges of inspiring young people to take action. My work and volunteer experiences, both on and off campus, have proved that there is a budding motivation amongst youth to create a more sustainable and peaceful future. I am honoured to be a part of that unrest.
Delegate Selection Process
1) Calls of Interest are released and circulated
Firstly, two calls were released:
Call for Interest: Youth Opportunity to Interface with Canadian Government
(10 applications received)
Call for Youth to Sit on Delegate Selection Committee
(3 youth stepped forward)
2) Youth Selection Committee convenes and creates criteria for self-selection
Secondly, the committee was struck and convened shortly afterwards to create the criteria by which the applications would be assessed.
Applications were withheld until the criteria were chosen.
Main criteria included demonstration of the following:
• Level of ambition for social change and passion for the social well-being of others
• Depth of connection with the province of British Columbia
• Demonstration of global citizenship : Creating a “we,” bridging the gap between the ‘us’ and ‘them’
• Engagement with global issues and local community
• A breadth and depth of knowledge of global issues
• Integration of global citizenship values into everyday life (“walking the walk”)
The committee came up with a set of criteria that had a special focus on being non-exclusionary. In an effort to recognize and promote diversity, special consideration was given to the following:
First Nations Peoples, gender, LGTBQA+, ethnicity diversity, differently-abled individuals, veterans, as well as rural and remote applicants
In the spirit of promoting accessibility, the committee also took into consideration an applicant’s past opportunities to interact with the Federal Government on global issues. Further, the committee agreed that applicants would be ranked based only on what was submitted. No applicant was ‘Googled’.
3) Applications are vetted and ranked
Thirdly, applicants were ranked by each committee member individually before collective cumulative ranking using a consensus based approach.