Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 11, 2008 14:42 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Model United Nations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Canadian students will be able to experience first hand how the United Nations (UN) works on critical international issues thanks to two model UN forums that are being supported by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC).

Funding of $108,100 supports the association's two model United Nations (UN) forums: the Northern Model UN, which was held in Yellowknife on February 15 and 16, and the Canadian International Model UN (CANIMUN), which is being held from March 12 to 15, in Ottawa. More than 520 delegates and volunteers are expected to participate in this event, which is the only pan-Canadian and international, bilingual United Nations simulation event at the post-secondary level in Canada. This annual four-day forum simulates the activities of various programs, committees, and agencies of the United Nations and takes place in Ottawa every year, in March.

"Participating in this United Nations simulation event is an excellent way for students to develop their civic skills while learning about our country's great diversity," said Minister Verner. "Through funding from Exchanges Canada and the work of many dedicated people, these young people are given the opportunity to learn about Canada and its place in the world."

"The United Nations Associations of Canada is thrilled to partner with the Department of Canadian Heritage to bring together hundreds of Canada's best and brightest students to Ottawa for our annual CANIMUN conference," said Kathryn White, Executive Director of UNAC. "We all know that this investment in our young people today will pay even greater dividends tomorrow."

UNAC is a registered national not-for-profit charity founded in 1946. The association offers Canadians a window into the work of the United Nations and critical international issues. The UNAC mission is to engage the Canadian public in the work of the UN and international issues that affect all citizens. UNAC has a national office in Ottawa and active groups in 14 Canadian cities. Local groups are operated by volunteers.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under the Exchanges Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program offers young Canadians the opportunity to learn more about their country, connect with one another, and experience the diversity of Canadian communities, languages, and cultures. The program provides funding to support two-way group exchanges for Canadians aged 12 to 17, as well as forums for young Canadians aged 14 to 25.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101