2021 National Student Debating Seminar


Annually, the Canadian Student Debating Federation holds the National Debating Seminar. The seminar aims to expose students to the art of debating while providing an opportunity for cultural exchange between young people from all regions of the country. Delegates attend debate and thematic workshops, debate in practice rounds critiqued by experienced coaches, and wrap it up with a fun tournament. Seminar is about educational debate, non competitive debate. C.S.D.F. embraces both of Canada’s official languages, offering students the opportunity to attend the Seminar as English, French or Bilingual delegates.

The 2021 National Debating Seminar will be held virtually from September 30th to October 3rd, 2021. There is a $50 registration fee. The theme is Reconciliation: Making the Calls to Action a Reality.

CSDF firmly believes young people play a critical role in transforming how Canadian society views Aboriginal issues and in advancing the process of Canadian reconciliation. Our practice and teaching of the skills of speech and debate need to be anchored into using these skills to meaningfully participate and contribute to the current issues facing us as a society and to having those courageous and hard conversations around social issues that have remained.

To be eligible to attend a Seminar as a delegate, a student:

  1. Must be in Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 during the academic year of the Seminar

  2. Must not have attended a previous Seminar as a delegate

  3. Must not have participated in a previous National or International Event.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the office at info@saskdebate.com by April 30th. 

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