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The following are the committees for the MtAUN Conference.

General Assembly

Topic 1

Global population is expected to reach over 11 billion people by 2100. Such factors that contribute to this large number are fertility rates, increasing longevity and international migration. Major shifts that have been occurring over the last 50 years will be cemented in the coming century. European populations are decreasing while populations in Africa and Asia are exploding. The two major institutions that assess and affect world population growth are the United Nations population fund and the United Nations population division. Today, the world has become so interconnected that one state’s problem frequently poses a problem for other states. The United Nations is looking for countries to share policies, technologies and financial aid so that together population growth may be regulated at a safe and productive pace.

Topic 2

Net Neutrality refers to the concept of requiring internet providers to not discriminate between websites in terms of speed, data transfer, and coverage. The internet has, in the past few decades, expanded to become a global hub for trade and information. While the decision on how to regulate the internet has traditionally been left to individual countries, the size and scope of the internet now affects the international community. As such, it is up to the UN to decide how to regulate the internet, which affects us all. Thus, the delegates in this general assembly will be expected to determine the sovereignty of nations to regulate the internet, in light of the international nature the internet has grown into, especially in terms of information and trade.

Often considered the most appropriate for a first-time delegate, the General Assembly will provide a welcoming and inclusive environment. It will facilitate a fluid introduction to Model United Nations, while striving to maintain the intrigue and energy of a smaller more specialized committee.

Participants should read the background guide on both topics before the conference.

General Assembly Background Guide (1/2): Global Population

General Assembly Background Guide (2/2): Cyber Security

For general inquiries or position paper submissions (please only send once an assignment has been made), please email generalassemblymtaun@gmail.com

Spencer Coy

Wil Doucette

Deputy Under-Secretary-Generals General Assembly

Crisis Committee

In January 1755, Acting Governor of Nova Scotia Charles Lawrence received a reply from the Board of Trade in London, a reply that agreed with his deportation project, but was hesitant to allow him to execute it at that time. Historically, Lawrence, with the help of other British officials, would expel almost the entire Acadian population from their homeland. But what if things went differently? In the alternate history of this year’s MTAMUN, pressure from the French crown and skepticism among some in London has changed the reply from the Board of Trade: a conference must be held in Acadia to resolve the matter once and for all. Many historical figures will be there including Charles Lawrence, Joseph “Beausoleil” Broussard, Chief Jean-Baptiste Cope,Governor William Shirley, and Abbé Jean-Louis Le Loutre. Come to learn and relive history, and even be able to change it.

Participants should read the background guide before the conference. Optionally, they can read the extended version to better inform their positions.

Crisis Committee Background Guide (Short)

Crisis Committee Background Guide (Extended)

For general inquiries or position paper submissions (please only send once an assignment has been made), please email crisiscommitteemtaun@gmail.com

Jonathan Wood

Deputy Under-Secretary-General Crisis Committee

Keynote Speaker: Chantal Richard

MtAUN Secretariat
Chantal Richard, photo by Joy Cummings-Dickinson (UNB)

The 2018 MtAUN Conference will feature a keynote speaker, Chantal Richard. Her talk will be open to the public at 6pm on Friday, October 19th during the Opening Ceremonies.

Chantal Richard

Dr. Chantal Richard is an associate professor at the Department of French of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. While her interests in Acadian studies initially focused on literature and linguistics in the contemporary period, they eventually expanded to Acadian identity, culture, history, language, and all phenomena deriving from contact with other cultures, from the Expulsion period to the present. She has authored or co-authored three books on Acadian identity and literature, with a fourth book forthcoming in 2019, and 25 peer-reviewed book chapters or articles in both French and English.

Dr. Richard has been principal investigator of three research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, each of which touched on an aspect of Acadian identity or the relationships between Acadians and the Anglophone majority. Her current project is an interactive exhibit on the Acadian village of Pointe-Sainte-Anne, located in what is now downtown Fredericton, and destroyed completely in 1759 in a bloody massacre as part of the efforts to remove Acadians from Atlantic Canada.

Understanding the long-term consequences of the Expulsion of Acadians

“The most awful state of misery, nudity, and sickness of which many were already dead, and many others dying.” (Joseph Godin in a petition to the King of France, 15 January 1774, my translation)

“Because we wouldn’t go to war / Because we lost it / Because it wasn’t ours / Because we were in the way / Because we weren’t part of the deal / Because we didn’t want a king / Because we didn’t take up arms

They gave us away” Gabriel Robichaud, Acadie Road, Perce-Neige, 2018 (my translation)

It is possible to estimate the numbers of Acadians deported, to describe the conditions in which their Expulsion was systematically carried out, and the conditions in which they were forced to live – and die – on crowded ships. It is possible to ascertain with some degree of accuracy how many did not survive this Great Upheaval, and how many did, only to have their children ripped away and sold into slavery. It is even possible to surmise some of the motivations of their usurpers. What is perhaps more difficult to ascertain, however, is the permanent damage caused by this kind of collective trauma, and the massive impact it has had on collective memory and culture. Describing the consequences of the Great Upheaval on Acadians is somewhat like trying to describe a black hole. The loss of life, the pain and suffering, those can be measured, though the enormity of this loss will shock. However, when an ethnic group becomes the target of such large-scale persecution, even when members of that group manage to survive, it shapes their identity irrevocably. This traumatic event, like a black hole, exerts a gravitational pull on all aspects of Acadian society even today.

In a brief talk that will only scratch the surface, I will offer three temporal snapshots to illustrate some of the impacts of the Expulsion: a testimonial by an Acadian who survived a brutal massacre during the Expulsion; the hundred years of exile that followed the Grand Dérangement, and that culminate with the creation of Evangeline as a cultural icon; and some examples of Acadian identity in the 21st century as expressed in art and literature.

FAQ

What is the dress code?

The dress code or all conference is Western business attire. This does not include running shorts, jeans, or other casual wear.

Can I use a laptop during my committee?

No, laptops are not permitted during committee sessions. However, they may be used during Unmoderated Caucus sessions outside of the Committee room in order to create Resolution Papers.

What should I bring to my committee sessions?

Besides a keen political mind, you should bring a writing utensil, a notepad/notebook, and sticky notes for communicating with other delegates.

Are there rules during committee sessions?

Yes, please refer to the Rules of Procedure. If you have any questions about the Rules of Procedure, please do not hesitate to ask a Secretariat member or your Chairs.

Can I win an award?

Yes, each committee will have their own set of awards that will be announced during the closing ceremonies. These awards will pertain to differing aspects and skills developed during the conference.

How can I be a part of the Secretariat?

First of all, what a wonderful question! There will be a call for Secretariat applications and position descriptions on the MtAUN Facebook page during the winter semester. An email will also go out to all delegates with more information after the conference.

Rules of Procedure

For information regarding procedures during the MtAUN Conference, please refer to our Rules of Procedure document

Background Guides

The background guides for 2018 have been released. Please read the guide for your assigned committee before coming to the conference.

General Assembly Background Guide (1/2): Global Population

General Assembly Background Guide (2/2): Cyber Security

Crisis Committee Background Guide (Short)

Crisis Committee Background Guide (Extended)

Position Papers

Before the attending the first committee sessions on October 20, delegates are expected to prepare a short position paper describing their delegation/country. This will help inform delegates of issues to bring up during the conference, making the conference fun and exciting!

Click here to download a position paper template.

Schedule

Friday
6.00pm-7.15pm Opening Ceremonies
at Convocation Hall
7.30pm-9.30pm Committee Session I
in Avard Dixon 111 (GA) and 117 (Crisis)
9.30pm-11.00pm Wine and Cheese
at Cranewood on Main
Saturday
10.00am-12.00pm Committee Session II
in Avard Dixon 111/117
12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm-4.00pm Committee Session III
in Avard Dixon 111/117
4.00pm-4.30pm Break
4.30pm-6.30pm Committee Session IV
in Avard Dixon 111/117
10.30pm-1:00am MtAUN Party
at the Pond Campus Pub
Sunday
11.00am-12.30pm Closing Ceremonies
at Convocation Hall

Sponsors

MtAUN 2018's sponsors include the following:

  • Napul'è: Delegates get 10% off food during the conference.
  • The Painted Pony: Delegates get 10% off food during the conference.
  • Knuckles Truffles: Provided chocolates for the keynote speaker.
  • Tidewater Books: Contributed towards MtAUN prizes.
  • Campbell-Verduyn Fund: Contributed towards MtAUN funding.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for MtAUN, please contact publicrelationsmtaun@gmail.com.