New ceremonial mace presented to the Commonwealth Youth Parliament      

A new ceremonial mace for the Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) has been inaugurated at the 9th CYP in Jersey. The new mace was presented to the Commonwealth Youth Parliament by youth delegate, Artour Sogomonian from British Colombia, Canada on behalf of the former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Hon. Linda Reid, MLA, who hosted the 8th CYP in November 2016.

Hon. Linda Reid said: “The Commonwealth Youth Parliament mace is a British Columbia Aboriginal art piece which can be used at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of future Commonwealth Youth Parliaments. I see it as a Speaker's legacy which can be passed from one Commonwealth Youth Parliament to the next. The piece I selected is a yellow cedar paddle, carved by Ross Henderson of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Gifts and offerings to spirits and animals of the Undersea World are often offered from the blade of a paddle. Paddles represent transportation, the sea, and life's journey. These descriptors also apply to our young Parliamentarians.”

The new CYP ceremonial mace was held by the States Assembly of Jersey and CPA Jersey Branch as they hosted the 9th CYP and it was then passed onto the Parliament of India (Lok Sabha) on behalf of the CPA India Region as the future hosts of the 10th CYP. The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is one of the CPA’s most popular programmes and brings together participants aged 18-29 representing the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific; South East Asia. The host of the CYP rotates through the regions alphabetically
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Updated Thursday 1 March 2018.


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Notes to Editors

The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is one of the CPA’s most popular programmes and brings together participants aged 18-29 representing the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific; South-East Asia.

*The full list of CPA Branches being represented at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament are: Australia Capital Territory; Barbados; Belize; British Columbia (Canada); Cayman Islands; Cook Islands; Falkland Islands; Ghana; Gibraltar; Guernsey; Guyana; Isle of Man; Jamaica; Jersey; Kenya; Kerala; Montserrat; Nevis Island; New South Wales (Australia); New Zealand; Niue; Northern Territory (Australia); North West Territories (Canada); Ontario (Canada); Pakistan (National Assembly); Pakistan; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Scotland; South Australia; Sri Lanka; St Helena; Tonga; Turks and Caicos; UK; Wales; Zambia. Final list of participants subject to change.

The 9th CYP logo has been designed by 18 year old student, Fleur Breen from Jersey. She is currently studying Art & Design at Highlands College Jersey and hopes to study Graphic Design at University. She was inspired by one of Jersey's most iconic symbols, the Jersey cow, and chose the outline of the map of Jersey so that delegates from around the world have an idea of its shape.

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