The Changing NB Conversations
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This conversation explored the various facets of Lord Beaverbrook’s contributions to the Province, the impact he had and continues to have on its citizens, the characteristics that made him successful, the flaws that made him weak and the way he continues to inspire philanthropy in New Brunswick.
Leaders from the Province’s four universities responded to a keynote address on the major trends in higher education including changes in government funding, student demand, the academic profession, and government priorities and accountability.
This conversation focused on the ways in which First Nations people contribute to and enrich all aspects of society, and the means by which First Nations can realize their full potential in New Brunswick, particularly through education. As Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has said, “Our agenda is about building strong First Nations that will see Canada fulfill its economic potential. The centre of this agenda is education. First Nations youth are the youngest and fastest growing segment of our population. First Nations youth who complete high school are twice as likely to be employed, and those who get university degrees triple their earning power.”
This conversation focused on the ways in which politicians, public servants and citizens of the province can help to address New Brunswick’s many challenges. While governing the province is often viewed solely as the responsibility of elected officials, everyone living in the province has a role to play in the way New Brunswick is managed. Participation in civic affairs, including voter turnout, has declined in recent years. Re-energizing the citizens of New Brunswick was a key theme of the conversation on April 12.