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MAIG student elected national president of FCJF

Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance


Sophie Brassard, Justin Johnson and Gillian Theoret

Newly elected executive of the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF). From left to right: Sophie Brassard from British Colombia (Vice-President), Justin Johnson from Manitoba (President), and Gillian Theoret from Saskatchewan (Treasurer).

MAIG student Justin Johnson has been elected as a national president of the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (French-Canadian Youth Federation) in Ottawa on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

For over forty years, the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française has defended the interests of French-speaking youth in Canada and helped them to achieve their full potential. It also strongly encourages and supports civic and community engagement among youth. By developing tools, training sessions, and workshops in governance and representation, as well as by informing youth of the opportunities and resources available to them, the French-Canadian Youth Federation cultivates a sense of belonging to the Francophonie and broader youth engagement in general.

The MAIG program recognizes the leadership potential of its students and proud of Justin’s achievement, particularly as a Red River Métis from Manitoba at the University of Winnipeg, he is studying Louis Riel’s writings to develop his political philosophy.  Justin’s research interest focuses on exploring and applying Indigenous (Métis) governance principles that can contribute to better relations amongst peoples. Justin is looking forward to fostering and encouraging an environment of reconciliation through his words and actions in this new position. Congratulations and good luck Justin!

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