During the first week of May, MDS scholars Daniel McNeil and Louise de la Gorgendière delivered presentations to over 100 high-school students from across Canada as part of the National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF), a conference held annually in Ottawa since 1973.

The NSCF is dedicated to exposing students to the role of the Commonwealth in international affairs, the role of Canada in the functioning of the Commonwealth, and the role of youth in the Commonwealth. The NSCF also serves as an opportunity for students to meet other engaged youth from across the country, learn about Canadian culture, and explore the National Capital Region. The week-long conference culminates with a model Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in which students represent an assigned country and learn the challenges of diplomacy in a consensus-based system.

More details about this year’s conference, on the theme of immigration, migration, and refugee issues are available here