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Voices from the Future: A Reader-Funded Series

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Campers from the “Youth On Water” program run in BC’s Bulkley Valley. Photo Credit: Brian Huntington.

Last spring, Tyee Builders raised over $27,000 to fund a new series exploring what British Columbia’s youth are thinking about issues important to them and the future of this province.

Who are “youth?” We were thinking loosely about those between 12 and 24, but with plenty of leeway for the fact the youth stretches well into young adulthood—much later than in previous generations.

Many of these young British Columbians can’t or won’t vote next spring. But that doesn’t mean they don’t care—or that their opinions don’t count. No one’s stake in that future is bigger than theirs.

Tyee youth reporter Katie Hyslop hit the reporting trail this summer, and will continue through fall, asking young people what they hope for and worry about on subjects like how the economy trades off against securing a healthy environment; jobs; the availability of youth mental health services; growing up LGBTQ2S+; and other issues on their minds.

Her reports will be collected here.

In This Series

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Anissa Watson

In BC’s North, Creating a Safe Place for Youth to Connect with Their Land

In conversation with ‘Youth On Water’ coordinator Anissa Watson. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2016


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Campers from the ‘Youth On Water’ program

Youth in BC’s Northwest Interior Wrestle With Mega-Project Future

Jobs are badly needed, but is industry-as-usual the way? Many aren’t sold. First in a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2016


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Bringing a Love of Movement to Northwest BC’s Wilderness

In conversation with Forest Parkour BC founder Wyatt Chandler. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Sep 2016


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In Prince Rupert, Making Sure Salmon Stay in (Elementary) School

In conversation with French immersion teacher and confessed ‘salmon guy,’ Mike McDowall. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Sep 2016


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In Prince Rupert, Good Times Gaming for Young and Old

In conversation with Rob Gruber, (dungeon) master of games for the six-to-76 set. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2016


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Christina Thomas

‘If They Do It Properly,’ Coastal Youth Could Support Megaprojects

In Prince Rupert and area, some ‘yay’ to LNG, but not for oil pipelines to the northwest coast. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2016


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How Vancouver Youth Feel about Life in ‘World’s Most Livable City’

A roundtable discussion with the next generation. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Nov 2016


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Young, Homeless, and at Risk in BC’s Interior

In Kamloops, a window on ‘hidden’ struggles of youths who have no place to call home. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jan 2017


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Kamloops ‘Wrap Force’ Fights Youth Homelessness

Once homeless herself, Katherine McParland now campaigns to shelter the most vulnerable. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Jan 2017


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At Kamloops School for Indigenous Youth, a ‘Focus on the Successes’

Strong bonds between students and adults make the difference, says teacher Jordan Smith. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Jan 2017


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For Some Kamloops Youth, It’s Easier to Get High than to Get Help

Shortage of detox beds, doctors makes getting well tough. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Jan 2017


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