Students tackle international issues

Reynolds secondary student offers her views on upcoming Island Model United Nations

On Saturday, the world’s problems will be passed into the hands of about 150 teenagers from the Vancouver Island area.

Five Reynolds secondary students – Micah Wosilius, Angelina  Ross, Gavin Kierulf, Antonia Kowalewski and myself – will congregate at Brentwood College School, where we will meet up with other delegates from various high schools to participate in the Island Model United Nations (IMUN).

Model UNs such as these take place around the world. Unique to this conference is its student leadership role. Students participate as delegates, and some also form the Student Secretariat that oversees the entire conference.

Model United Nations is described on the IMUN website as “an opportunity for students to understand the idea of empathy and its importance in solving issues in our increasingly globalized world.” Students will meet together to discuss and solve a given world issue in an academic debate setting. Will the world withstand our resolutions?

This student-led conference will create awareness and expose youth to global issues by simulating a real United Nations General Assembly. Delegates are assigned a country or a specialized role to represent one of six predetermined committees. The result of this conference is for each committee to come up with hypothetical resolutions to their global concern.

Each committee focuses on an issue that affects our international community. Issues that committees will be focused on include: Korea reunification, the crisis in Iraq and Syria, the rise of cyber warfare, violation of human rights within refugees’ home countries, a hypothetical Wizarding War, and a Hunger Games-based committee.

I have been placed on the opposing side of a hypothetical Wizarding War. Based off of J. K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter book series, this war will have taken place before Harry Potter was born when the evil Lord Voldemort was at the height of his power. My character at IMUN will argue in Lord Voldemort’s defence, in favour of him winning this hypothetical war.

In preparation for this event, delegates are expected to have previously researched information relative to their committee and have already submitted a one-page position paper.  Each anticipated paper will be reviewed by the student Secretariat. Since IMUN is a simulation of the real UN General Assembly, proper UN protocol has been emphasized.

The Island Model United Nations (IMUN) is sure to be a captivating and beneficial experience.  Best of luck to all delegates.

More information on IMUN can be found at imun.ca.

Shae-Linn Davies is a Grade 10 student at Reynolds secondary.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penelope the cat showed up safe and sound at her owner’s porch after an unusual trip through the news cycle in recent weeks. (Photo courtesy of Reuniting Owners with Animals Missing)
Penelope, cat and friend of the Victoria HarbourCats, returns home safe

The cat had an after an unusual trip through the news cycle in recent weeks

Saanich police detectives are investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred near Glanford Park on the evening of Dec. 29, 2020 and have shared an artist’s rendering of the individual. (Image via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Saanich police release sketch of suspect sought in December sexual assault

Anyone with information asked to contact detectives, Crime Stoppers

The Compost Education Centre is hosting its annual spring plant sale on May 8 at 1216 North Park St. Physical distancing protocols will be in effect during the sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
This weekend: Tenth annual spring plant sale hosted by Victoria Compost Education Centre

The non-profit event Saturday, May 8 will feature numerous varieties of plants, live music

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushes B.C. government to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

At this Highway 3 check point, police officers will be asking for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel. (RCMP)
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area

A spectator looks on as the Olympic Caldron is relit in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Small majority of B.C. residents in favour of a Vancouver 2030 Olympic bid: survey

A new survey shows a split over the possibility of public money being spent to organize and host the winter games

Most Read