Project Coastline - Youth Take Charge: a celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Minister, Mélanie Joly
Over 2,000 youth (including newcomers) aged 13-29 in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia will discover, foster and celebrate Canada's marine heritage through nautical programming, the building of two canoes named 1867 and 2017 and through a social media campaign. The canoes will launch in July 2017 commemorating the first global circumnavigation by Canada's Joshua Slocum.
Three youth from each project location will constitute a Youth Skippers Council to drive the design of activities and curriculum content. The project will engage youth in activities and programming focused on Canadian Marine history aboard traditional sailing vessels in Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and aboard the tall ship Picton Castle sailing from Canada across the Atlantic Ocean to several countries. VIP participation (including youth such as Olympians and Pan Am Para Pan Am athletes, corporate leaders, government representatives and artists) will be secured to further engage youth through the discovery, fostering and the celebration of Canada’s marine heritage.
- Youth Skippers Council to drive the design of activities and curriculum content
- Knowledge of 1,000 of the 243,000 Canadian coastline and relationship development with communities on that coastline
- Research, production and broadcasting of stories of Canada's marine sector past and present
- Mapping out the past and present impact of marine sector on Canadian economy since Confederation
- Website documenting Canada's marine achievements and their impact on Canada's civic development and culture
- Youth engaged in community outreach as speakers to share their knowledge with peers at schools
- Youth involved in the design and governance of youth service agencies and programming
- Girls documenting women's careers, challenges and achievements in the Canadian marine sector
- Youth building two canoes for the use in youth leadership programming
- Presence at the Tall Ship Festivals in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax
- Demonstrating through art Canada's marine milestones such as the building of Welland Canal, the establishment of Arctic Naval Facilities, the development of Canadian Coast Guard, the impact of the canoe on Canada's beginning