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50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act: How Today's Youth Imagine Tomorrow's Official Languages


Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act (OLA). This special event gives us an opportunity to reflect on the future of official languages with Canada's youth. Various issues, life experiences, and testimonies about official languages will be presented and discussed.

Come celebrate this milestone in Canadian history!


  • Pablo Mhanna-Sandoval, former president, Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO)
  • Sue Duguay, president, Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française
  • Malcom Lewis-Richmond, President, Youth 4 Youth Québec and Communications Coordinator for the national office of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
  • Trent Helms, Senior Investigator, Compliance Assurance Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Member of the Youth Professional Network


  • Yaovi Hoyi, multidisciplinary artist (Spoken word, Music, Theater), Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award 2017, Senate's 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Medal Recipient
  • Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Spoken Word Poet, Outgoing Poet Laureate 2017-2019, Arts Educator, Carleton University's Artist in Residence


Sarah Boily, Director, Policy and Research, Official Languages Branch, Canadian Heritage

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