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Why do our kids leave the North? And never come back?

By SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com
Saturday, March 14, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

HEARST ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

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Our children, their future summit

Young adults leaving!

HEARST - (March 13) - Over the last decades, the population of Northeastern Ontario has declined considerably.

This important decline is mostly due to the fact that many young adults leave the area and do not come back.

This brain-drain has had a tremendous effect on our communities.

Two local professors undertook a 10-year research [project], consulting 1,758 teenagers and young adults to better understand this phenomenon.

Even if their study is not completed, the results obtained so far give us interesting conclusions.

To learn more on this important issue, come and assist sociologists Pierre Bouchard and Simon Laflamme’s presentation during the Our Children, Their Future Summit, which will be held in Hearst April 30, and May 1 and 2.

Pierre Bouchard is a professor at l’Université de Hearst, and Simon Laflamme at Laurentian University.

The research [project],Youth and the North : A Path to Discover, is possible thanks to the partnership between the Far Northeast Training Board, l’Université de Hearst and Laurentian University.

The organization of this event is made possible with the strong partnership between the Université de Hearst, the Hearst Economic Development Corporation, NOHFC, Nord-Aski, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Hearst Chamber of Commerce.

This event also has the support of the Boreal College, TransCanada and Villa Motel.

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