Prince Rupert Residents Pitch 'Create Your Canada' Ideas
Port Edward resident Alice Kruta has had an issue on her mind for decades. She wants more assurance First Nations children in the foster care system are placed in a home reflective of their culture and where they are from.
"I am Native. I am different. I'm just different. To take a Native child and put them in a non-native home, you're just under a roof. There's no home. There's no family."
And if all goes all, it could be a law. Her idea was brought up during a work shop in Prince Rupert part of Skeena Bulkley Valley M-P Nathan Cullen's contest, Create Your Canada, which will see an idea become law.
The contest ran before only for high school students. This time it's open to anyone in the Skeena Bulkley Valley riding.
He says there are a few guidelines to consider.
It has to be a federal topic, not something dealt with on a municipal level. It can't trigger the spending of cash. It also needs to be constitutional, of course."
He says they just need the idea.
"They don't have to understand how the system or law works. That's my job. I'm here to be a guide and help create that change."
Cullen wants to give people the voice.
"We all say this. We want to bring the region to Ottawa and not Ottawa to the region. Then show me. I think this is one way. Perhaps a small way, but it's some way and I think it's important."
Even is Kruta's idea is not the one chosen, she is still hoping to create solutions for something she's passionate about.
"I'm hitting the ground running for the kids."
And Cullen believes a goal for this contest is to create a conversation.
"This is my kind of politics. Where we can get people involved and they learn more about how the system works. Then they share with each other what kind of hopes, dreams, and challenges need to be addressed. I think it just makes us a richer and stronger place."
You have until the end of June to submit an idea -- the winner will be flown to Ottawa to watch MPs debated the bill in the fall.