On May 17th, EWB youth leaders from across the country will converge in Ottawa for our largest Day of Action ever, where we will attend a policy and advocacy bootcamp and engage directly with Parliamentarians and Civil Servants.
The Day of Action focuses on equipping EWBers with the necessary skills to be active citizens in our democratic process and putting those skills into action by meeting with MPs across all Parties on Parliament Hill. We will meet with Members of Parliament (MPs), attend Parliamentary Committee meetings, including the Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) committee, and attend Question Period at the House of Commons.
We are also holding a Parliamentary Reception, co-hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Karina Gould, Hon. Deepak Obhrai and Mr. Robert Aubin. The reception, "Youth Leadership and Innovation: Tackling the Sustainable Development Goals Together", is an opportunity to share the leadership journeys of members of the EWB community through Junior Fellowship and Chapter experiences.
What are we advocating for?
This year our Day of Action will push for two things that Canada can do to meaningfully contribute to poverty eradication:
The creation and operationalization of a world-class Canadian DFI and
Broad based support for Canada’s role in global poverty eradication and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that Canada is doing its fair share by matching ambitious rhetoric with concrete commitments to programming and funding.
Why do we hold a Day of Action?
Over the past few years, EWB has held a Day of Action in Ottawa where we gather as many of our community members as possible and meet with federal MPs from all parties to push them to improve Canada's international development agenda.
In 2014, EWB led a successful Day of Action where we met with 58 MPs and had internal conversations with DFATD about creating a DFI for Canada. Needless to say, we were thrilled when the government committed to piloting a DFI in the 2015 Federal Budget.
If you’d like to join us and contribute to our advocacy work in the future, consider joining one of our chapters.