Engage Nova Scotia starts conversation about being young and staying put
Younger Nova Scotians talk about why people 18 to 34 are less enamored with Nova Scotia than people aged 55+
Danny Graham has been dropping into the Mainstreet studio each week to talk about some of the results of a province-wide survey Engage Nova Scotia commissioned last year.
Among other things, it asked 1,000 people to rate Nova Scotia as a place to live on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent and one being poor.
He observes that people in the Halifax Regional Municipality are less enthusiastic about the province — based on the number of people in metro who rated Nova Scotia an eight, nine or 10 compared to the rest of Nova Scotia.
He notes that HRM has a younger population than the rest of the province and younger people were generally less likely to give our province top marks.
The first voice you'll hear in the audio below is Mainstreethost Bob Murphy. Then Danny talks about the survey results, and things we can do to better engage younger people in our communities — both the ones who are born and raised here, and the international students who come to study.
Danny is the chief engagement officer at Engage Nova Scotia, a lawyer, and a member of the oneNS Coalition.
Bob also spoke with four Nova Scotians between the ages of 24 and 36 to find out why they chose to make their futures here.
Laura Swaine is the executive director of Heartwood. It works on community engagement and leadership, across the province, with young people aged 14 and up.
Jaime Battiste works for the provincial government and Mi'kmaq chiefs, creating relationships and raising awareness about treaties and Mi'kmaq perspectives on history.
Wes Booth founded We Are NS and a campaign called Bluenoser By Choice.
Zabrina Whitman is a Mi'kmaq senior policy analyst.
We received a number of calls and emails about this — you can hear them in this audio file, and then Bob asks Danny to respond to some of them.
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This article was originally posted on cbc.ca/news/ on April 28, 2016. Reposted with permission.