Prince Edward Island 2022 – Online

The Prince Edward Island Student Debating Association (PEISDA) is honoured to host the 2022 National Debating Seminar in the birthplace of Confederation, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island online from  September 23 – 25, 2022.

The theme will be Confederation: Understanding Our Past & Charting Our Future!

Tom Lawson, CSDF/National Seminar Founder has consistently and constantly given that invitation and challenge to students to choose to be citizens not just consumers.  Our task as Canadians is to not be simply bankers of historical knowledge but investors in a collective path forward for our community, our province/territory, and our country. The focus of the Seminar is to foster in young Canadians across the country a self-knowledge and confidence to engage in critical conversations that impact our nation.  We believe that dialogue among young people is paramount to facilitate a better understanding of the issues and challenges in our country.  The Prince Edward Island Student Debate Association aims to work with youth to create better citizens and future leaders through speech and debate. As an organization, we strive to instill skills of critical thinking, effective communication, and global citizenship. As informed students and citizens of our country, young people make a difference by addressing perspectives and proposing solutions to challenges we face in our communities and across our world each and every time they debate.

Each Member will be assigned a total for their delegation to the Seminar. Based on the number assigned to you, please select in this order, one delegate for each of the three linguistic categories; if you have remaining spots choose the next one from either French or Bilingual and the remaining delegates from any category. The only exception is in the province of Quebec where QSDA may send all English delegates, and ADDEQ may send all French delegates.  Should you require additional spots, you may request them and every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

The 2022 CSDF online invitation will be sent out to our members when ready.

Code of Conduct for all Students attending the National Seminar can be found here!

Code of Conduct for all Adults attending the National Seminar can be found here!

The Tentative Schedule can be found here. This will be updated as more information becomes available, please check on a regular basis.

Prepared resolution: This house believes the Canadian government must admit its past failures in order to prepare for an innovative future. 

Seminar participants will be provided material and assignments to research and study to prepare for the Seminar Experience. The goal will be to use as many digital mediums as possible to reduce our paper usage and to be cognizant of our environmental footprint.

Here are the recommended links  for research purposes:

Articles related to the Confederation and Reconciliation
Prince Edward Island and Confederation 1863-1873 -Francis William Pius BOLGER, Ph.D.

Why it’s called Confederation Bridge — and why the push to rename it isn’t surprising

Renaming Confederation Bridge could play ‘role in reconciliation,’ says federal minister

Confederation of Tomorrow 2021 survey results (short form online)

Resources related to PEI economic development.

Honibe facility expansion a win for PEI, Canadian health

PEI Rocks Wind Power with highest integration in North America

Aerospace Growing on Prince Edward Island

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Please note the following important dates: Reminder that earlier is always appreciated. 

May 30th, 2022 – list of your delegates with their linguistic category, the name of their school and grade as of September 2022, submitted to if you have it sooner, please send it in.

June 15th, 2022 – Online registration for your delegation complete – any spots not filled at this time will be given to other provinces

August 31st, 2022 – Once invoiced by the CSDF, please pay with one E-Transfer per province for full delegation sent to 

No Travel This Year  – Airfare must be purchased by this date and the required travel reimbursement documents submitted to us at

The CSDF Board could not provide such a unique experience for students and chaperones without the generous support of our sponsors.


The McLeese Family is our partner in growing Debate Programs across Canada. We gratefully acknowledge their continued support!

As with previous Seminars, the CSDF has applied for a grant from the Government of Canada’s Exchanges Canada program. These funds will ensure that we are able to continue our work putting on educational seminars by bringing together youth from across our country to discuss pertinent topics.


Gold ($1000.00 to $5000.00)

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