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Turkish Americans Attend Ninth Annual Turkish-Canadian Youth Congress

turkish canadian youth congress2017From February 10-12, 2017, a delegation of promising young Turkish Americans attended the Council of Turkish Canadian (CTC) 9th Annual Turkish-Canadian Youth Congress in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Six Turkish American college students and young professionals spent the weekend attending meetings with officials and experts, learning about the Canadian political system, and developing a network with their Canadian peers. They came away from the weekend inspired to further collaborate with the Turkish Canadian community, continue to engage in local, national, and international politics, and implement the lessons they learned as effective leaders in the Turkish American community.

The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) sponsored the travel for three of the Turkish American participants and CTC sponsored the accommodation and conference participation of all six.

Participants attended meetings and briefings with leaders of the Turkish Canadian community, Canadian politicians in the Canadian House of Commons, prominent Ottoman History historians, and former Turkish officials. The Turkish Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Selcuk Unal, also addressed the group. In addition, they toured the Canadian Parliament and attended a reception to celebrate the opening of the Modern Turkish Studies (MTS) Center at Carleton University.