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ParticipationWednesday, October 05, 2016

Myths about First Nations youth

In this guest blog, university researcher Theo Nazary calls into question the long-held myth that First Nations youth are apathetic and disengaged from politics.Read more
ParticipationTuesday, August 30, 2016

Launching the EPCitizen project

Samara is excited to be launching our fourth annual Everyday Political Citizen project! Each year, Canadians from across the country nominate ordinary citizens working to make a difference in their communities.Read more
ParticipationThursday, July 21, 2016

Teaching Democracy with Playdough

For the last year, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, North York Community House and Samara have undertaken a major initiative to strengthen democratic engagement.Read more
ParticipationMonday, June 06, 2016

Change Fair Celebrates Engagement

At the end of May, with help from Samara, North York Community House brought together over one hundred of its community members to celebrate democratic engagement and ask: "How will you take action in 2016?"Read more
ParticipationTuesday, May 31, 2016

Third Annual #YOUthInOffice Day!

On May 31st, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, host the third annual #YOUthInOffice day. To celebrate, we revisit Rachel Berry's experience as a student on Parliament Hill in 2014.Read more
ParticipationTuesday, May 10, 2016

What is Open Government?

What does "open government" mean and how does it affect citizens' relationship with government. We asked Kent Aitken at the Treasury Board Secretariat for a primer.Read more
ParticipationMonday, April 25, 2016

This high schooler gets political

Read about a local grade 11 student's experience volunteering at Samara's office in Toronto this past March Break.Read more
ParticipationMonday, April 18, 2016

Adventures in babysitting democracy

In an effort to understand how polling stations work, Theresa Wallace volunteered as a poll clerk for Elections Canada on E-day last October. She has written about it to help other Canadians understand what's happening behind-the-scenes.Read more
ParticipationTuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy 1st birthday, Democracy 360!

To celebrate the Democracy 360 report's first birthday, we are making public two national survey data sets. Links to the research are in this blog. Read more
ParticipationTuesday, March 15, 2016

Dalia's "Amazing" Democracy Talk

Last October, a group of Arab-Canadian seniors were invited to participate in a Democracy Talks session. “What happened next astounded me,” recalls facilitator Dalia Farra.Read more
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