Specialized Agencies

Aveen Mahon (Chair), Marie Lemieux (Vice Chair), Grace Li (Vice Chair), Christophe Bull (Vice Chair)

Assemblée Nationale du Québec, 1960 (Francophone)

Bienvenue à Québec dans les années 1960! Avec l’élection du nouveau gouvernement libéral de Jean Lesage, le Québec voit fin à la période de la Grande Noirceur sous le gouvernement conservateur de Maurice Duplessis, amenant le réveil d’une révolution culturelle, sociale et économique connu sous le nom de la Révolution Tranquille. En tant que membres élus de l'Assemblée Nationale du Québec, les délégués auront la tâche de représenter leurs électeurs en ce qui concerne plusieurs questions centrales. Ceci fut la période des plus grands changements au Québec, dont les répercussions se sentent encore ces jours-ci. À travers cette transition politique, des enjeux sociaux seront relevés, l'économie sera réinventée, et la relation entre l'état et l'église sera revisitée.

Madeleine Kausel (Chair), Liam Meisner (Vice Chair), Victoria (Torry) Crisp-Villanuevas (Vice Chair), Maddie Clark (Vice Chair)

La Concertación: Chile’s Transition to Democracy

On September 11th, 1973 the Chilean military bombed La Moneda and overthrew Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government. As the Commander-in-Chief Augusto Pinochet Pinochet was appointed as Supreme Head of the nation of Chile, establishing a military dictatorship. In the years to follow, his regime killed thousands of pro-socialist and leftist civilians and detained and tortured thousands more. However, Pinochet’s government enacted fruitful and much needed economic reform. Influenced by the Chicago School of Economics, Chile liberalized trade and privatized dozens of state-owned enterprises. In the mid-1980s the three chiefs of the Navy, Air Force, and the police force all requested that Pinochet step down in favor of a civilian President. Yielding to domestic and international pressure, Pinochet agreed to hold a 1988 plebiscite (or direct vote by the people) to decide whether or not he would resign. La Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia, or the Coalition of Parties for Democracy, formed to run the “No” vote campaign. It represented a coalition of center-left parties to challenge Pinochet and restore democracy to Chile.

This committee will be first tasked with running the 1988 “No” vote campaign and then again for the general election in 1989. After hopefully bringing democracy back to be country, La Concertación will have to show the Chilean people they can actually follow through on their campaign promises and implement public policy reform. Winning the elections will be tricky, but maintaining the trust in a new government will be even more difficult. Come prepared for a fun and challenging experience! Buena suerte y hasta pronto.

Sarim Malik (Chair), Madeleine Northfield (Vice Chair), Sully Dawood (Vice Chair), Muhammed Fahad Alam Khan (Vice Chair)

Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, 1947

The year is 1947 and Pakistan is a newly established country separated from the previously British-controlled Indian colony in a bid to settle the communal differences within the region. The delegates in this committee form the representatives to the first constituent assembly of the country. The country is faced with a very exciting, yet challenging time as there are a series of critical decisions that need to be made. Perhaps, the biggest challenge is geographic as the country is split in to two halves separated by their former host.

Your goal as the constituent assembly members is to tackle the problems at hand with great diligence and draft a comprehensive policy framework which can lay the foundation of this country. The topics for this committee are some of the most pressing ones, as they range from territorial disputes to cultural conflicts pertaining to the choice of national language to building a strong military for the country. Perhaps, the most interesting aspect of this committee is the shear room for creativity in drafting policy and in seeking solutions to the topics at hand.

Esli Chan (Chair), Feodora Chouakri (Vice Chair), Mariel Boden (Vice Chair), Marilie Pilon (Vice Chair)

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) was created in 1951 as a response to the failure to retain and recruit women in the military during the World War 2 era. As a result, this body, composed of highly-qualified and skilled civilian women and men with expertise in various fields of the military, was founded to advise the Secretary of Defense in regards to all policies and issues pertaining to women in the military. Since its establishment, this committee has addressed issues ranging from gender integration strategies for military retention, family care plans, to online harassment.  As a result, various departments of the military have adopted a gender-based analysis in its military trainings and operations, including sexual education programs, amending postpartum policies for women, and reforming gender neutral assignment policies. At SSUNS 2018, DACOWITS will consist of both current standing members and ex-officio representatives as we discuss topics such as training standards, workplace culture, and accessibility to veterans services.

Emma McInerney (Chair), Audun Jawanda (Vice Chair), Sean Aoun (Vice Chair), Leanne Young (Vice Chair)

International Civil Aviation Organization, 1958 (ICAO)

The International Civil Aviation Organization of 1958 is a specialized United Nations body, established to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which was founded at the Chicago Convention in 1944. ICAO work to achieve consensus on policies that support a safe, efficient, secure, and economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. At SSUNS 2018, delegates in the ICAO 1958 committee will debate exciting aspects of this newly expanding industry, while in the midst of the Cold War. Additionally, as the official ICAO headquarters are located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, delegates will have the incredible opportunity to participate in a committee session in the main ICAO Council chamber. This committee will address three specific issues arising in the new Golden Age of aviation: safety protocols for commercial flights, the newly commercialized jet engine and its implications for international travel, and airspace sovereignty in the Cold War. We’re looking forward to witnessing an engaging and productive debate on these complex and pressing issues.

Hawa Maiga (Chair), Cherry Wu (Vice Chair), Amina Magnin (Vice Chair), Delphine Polidori (Vice Chair)

International Press Federation (IPF), 1961

In times of great international political tension, when information can be weaponized and journalism is seen as a threat, the journalists of the International Press Forum are endowed with the responsibility and challenge of reporting the occuring events to the public. Integrated into five committees of the conference (SPECTRE, Nasser, Quebec National Assembly, Non-Aligned Movement, ICAO), these prominent journalists from the 1960s must tackle nationally imposed censorship and the emergence of new media sources that are revolutionizing journalism by bringing the news into the living room.

Delegates in the IPF will give interviews, write articles, partake in press conferences, and debate their peers all while representing their assigned journalist.

Catherine Sun (Chair), Sebastian Pazdan (Vice Chair), Andrew Figueiredo (Vice Chair), Nicole Beausoleil (Vice Chair)

National Hockey League (NHL)

Welcome to the National Hockey League, one of the most popular leagues in North American professional sports. However, whether or not hockey is “Canada’s game” is not the most pressing issue currently debated by the NHL as progressions in society has led to necessary changes within the league itself. With increasing interest to grow the fan base and potential revenues as well as the success experienced by the Vegas Golden Knights, the committee will discuss the future of league expansion and the economic issues associated with the teams. Secondly, future development and promotion of the game to increase interest, inclusion of women and the relationship between the Olympics and the NHL warrants farther discussion. Increasing global concern for the health and safety of citizens and professional athletes alike have placed attention on the needs for change in the NHL as well. Players’ health, safety and injury prevention on the ice requires examination in order to move forward and ensure a safer future for hockey and the NHL.

Noah Powers (Chair), Luke Robitaille (Vice Chair), Victoria A Flaherty (Vice Chair), Koji Shiromoto (Vice Chair)

Newfoundland National Assembly

This committee will entail the meeting of the members of the National Convention of Newfoundland and will give delegates the opportunity to discuss and debate the merits and drawbacks of an important moment in Canadian history, the Confederation of Newfoundland. The committee will take place in the year 1946 and delegates will be representing one of 44 politicians that were present at the National Convention. At SSUNS 2018, our delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the economic situation of Newfoundland at the time and it’s burgeoning debt, the establishment of investigative committees to determine Newfoundland’s position in actuality and the creation of delegations to be sent to other negotiating parties, such as London and Ottawa. The dais is excited to witness thrilling debates and creative resolutions to this climatic historic event at SSUNS 2018.

Patricia Sibal (Chair), Janelle Bruneau (Vice Chair), Sydney Groen (Vice Chair), Morgan Davis (Vice Chair)

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP)

In July 1990, violence erupted in Oka, Quebec, when a dispute over land ownership arose between the Mohawk people and the Quebec government. Although the stand-down ended after several tense weeks, the underlying reasons for the conflict are far from resolved. In fact, the Oka Crisis is a symptom of a much greater problem: the deteriorating relationship between the First Nations people and the rest of the country. A year after the events at Oka, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) has been established to address this problem and repair this connection. The RCAP is tasked with proposing solutions to the greatest challenges affecting the relationship between the First Nations people and Canadian government and society.

After much consultation and deliberation, the RCAP released an extensive report in 1996 outlining specific solutions to be implemented over a 20-year period. Now, more than 20 years later, there has been much criticism at the lack of progress that has been made and the new setbacks that have arisen. In this committee, delegates will have a chance to relive, and perhaps rewrite, a period in Canadian history critical to Aboriginal-Canadian relations. We are excited to see delegates apply their critical thinking, creativity, and diplomacy skills as they gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing the First Nations people.