Annually in September, 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, non competitive debate. CSDF embraces both of Canada’s official languages, offering students the opportunity to attend the Seminar as English, French or Bilingual delegates.
To be eligible to attend a Seminar as a delegate, a student:
- Must be in Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 during the academic year of the Seminar
- Must not have attended a previous Seminar as a delegate
- Must not have participated in a previous National or International Event.
- Preference is given to students who compete in the novice division in the previous debate season.
Students are responsible for any registration fees, accommodation costs, chaperone fees, and flight costs associated with national events. When SEDA is able, we will help with fundraising.