Three local students wrap up time on Minister's Youth Council

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
May 18, 2018 - 6:00am

A Red Deer student graduating next week has wrapped up her time on the Minister’s Youth Council.

Ursella Khan, a Grade 12 at Lindsay Thurber, was selected to the council last summer. Students on the council met three times for four days each over the past year with Education Minister David Eggen.

Khan calls her experience amazing and truly feels like she made an impact.

“I’ve learned so much, including lifelong leadership skills, what goes into changing the curriculum and decisions that get made, which is really cool because I want to go into politics,” she says.

“The day after we discussed with Minister Eggen about mental health and what changes we need, the Alberta government gave five million dollars towards mental health in schools.”

As the curriculum is concerned, Khan says there needs to be stronger attention paid to Indigenous history.

“Right now it’s very Euro-centric views, especially in social studies, which isn’t really what Canada is anymore,” she says. “It’s more diverse and we need to talk about the people who were first here, which is the Indigenous people.”

In May 2017, Khan famously confronted a group of protesters gathered outside Lindsay Thurber.

Beginning in September, Khan will be studying Human Rights at the University of Winnipeg with the goal of getting into law school.

Liam Lorrain from École la Prairie and Breagh Mason from Notre Dame High School also served on the Minister's Youth Council.

More than 300 applications have been sent in by students to sit on the Minister's Youth Council in 2018/19.

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