After the expressions of outrage of the past year, INM’s Summer School is encouraging young people to turn their thoughts into action!
As political passions run high in the province, CUPE-Quebec reaffirmed its pride by partnering with the Institut du Nouveau Monde’s (INM) Summer School, which was held at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) from August 16 to 19.
Hundreds of people from all over the province took part in the ninth edition of this event, whose purpose is to promote civic involvement, in a festive atmosphere, among Quebecers between the ages of 15 and 35.
Under this year’s theme of “It’s Time for Action” the school sought to equip participants to take action on the wave of indignation sweeping around the world within the past year and translate their feelings into tangible actions.
“With the election campaign underway in Quebec, the first thing young Quebecers need to do is go vote,” stated Michel Venne, INM’s executive director. “The participation rate among youth is alarmingly low. In 1960, 70 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 voted, whereas the same rate today is only 36 per cent!”
Approximately 80 influential personalities and renowned experts from all sectors and political allegiances contributed to the four days of discussions, lectures and round tables.
On August 17, President of CUPE-Quebec Lucie Levasseur made a presentation to all the participants.