Online – CSDF 2021

The Canadian Student Debating Federation (CSDF) will be hosting the 2021 National Seminar online from September 30th to October 3rd, 2021. 

The theme will be Reconciliation: Making the Calls to Action a Reality.

CSDF firmly believes young people play a critical role in transforming how Canadian society views FNMI 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 unaddressed. In the same spirit of debate preparation – recognizing there is a problem, recognizing the various people (“actors”) affected by the problem and their point of view and finding the best solutions from the various perspectives and then hopefully help us personally decide where we want to position ourselves. We look to the opportunity to engage young people across the country AND all FNMI youth to meet virtually and have those crucial conversations.

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. Should you require additional spots, you may request them and every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

The 2021 CSDF online invitation 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 Canada has an obligation to provide its FNMI peoples with a standard of living equal to the Canadian average.

The following links are recommended for research purposes:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has published 94 ‘calls to action’ for indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians to come together in a concerted effort to help repair the harm caused by residential schools and move forward with reconciliation. Dec 15, 2015

Next150 Challenge “94 Calls to Action” – Indian Horse › challenges › 94-calls-to-action One major aspect of the TRC’s final report is the “94 Calls to Action. … them before, read them again; Reconciliation is not a spectator sport!

Canada has made ‘dreadful progress’ in fulfilling TRC’s calls … › 2019/12/17 › canada-has-made-dreadful-progress-in-…
Dec 17, 2019 – A new analysis reveals “dreadful progress” has been made on the 94 Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

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

May 15th, 2021 – list of your delegates with their linguistic category, the name of their school and grade as of September 2021, submitted to if you have it sooner, please send it in.

June 15th, 2021 – Online registration for your delegation complete – any spots not filled at this time will be given to other provinces

July 31st, 2021 – One E-Transfer per province for full delegation sent to 

None this year – Airfare must be purchased by this date and the required travel reimbursement documents submitted to us at seminar@csdf-fcde.caDeadlines 

Deadlines are firm, especially, the travel reimbursement submissions by August 30th, 2021.

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 received a grant from the Government of Canada’s Exchanges Canada program. These funds will be used to ensure that our programming moves forward with an online Seminar for 2021.  Some funds will be dedicated to building programs within FNMI communities in Canada.


Gold ($1000.00 to $5000.00)

Silver ($250.00 to $1000.00)

Bronze (up to $250.00)