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Rendez-Vous Volume 2 Issue 1 January 2002 Janvier 2002

Coordinator’s Report by Sarah Shima

Rapport de la coordinatrice par Sarah Shima

Happy New Year!

Bonne et Heureuse Année!

Since my last report, the ACIC office has been busy with meetings, planning efforts, and projects. The following report details some of our activities.

Depuis mon dernier rapport, le bureau du CACI a été très occupé par des rencontres, des efforts de planifications et des projets. Le rapport qui suit contient les détails de certaines de nos activités.

Charlottetown Membership Meeting On November 26, 2001, ACIC organized a membership meeting in Charlottetown, PEI. Marcelle Thibodeau (ACIC’s Agente de liaison) and I had the opportunity to meet with 8 representatives from member organizations and groups interested in ACIC. Groups represented included: CUSO; Oxfam; ECO-PEI; Eco-Net; Regional Cooperative Development Centre (RCDC); ACADEV; International Family Farm Exchange Association “Farmers Helping Farmers; and, Cooper Institute. As at previous membership meetings, we discussed ACIC’s latest projects and upcoming events, how ACIC can better serve its membership, and discussed each organizations’ projects.

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Rencontre des membres à Charlottetown Le 26 novembre, 2001, le CACI organisait une rencontre des membres à Charlottetown, ÎPÉ. Marcelle Thibodeau (Agente de liaison du CACI) et moi avons eu l’opportunité de rencontrer 8 représentants des organisations membres et de groupes intéressés au CACI. Les groupes représentés: CUSO; Oxfam; ECO-PEI; Eco-Net; Centre régional de développement coopératif (RCDC); ACADEV; International Family Farm Exchange Association “Farmers Helping Farmers; et, l’Institut Cooper.

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Register now for ACIC’s next AGM! Enregistrez vous maintenant pour la prochaine AGA du CACI!


March 9th and 10th, 2002/les 9 et 10 mars, 2002 Mayfield Quality Inn, Mayfield, PEI/IPE

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Saturday/samedi: Professional development workshop—Atelier de développement professionel Sunday/dimanche: ACIC Annual General Meeting/Assemblée Générale Annuelle du CACI For more information:/pour plus d’information: Sarah Shima

Page 3: Hattieville Prison Project X-Ring Blues

Page 6: Sustainable Maritimes List Serve Reality Check

Page 7: Engagement Publique/Public Engagement

Page 8: Member Profile Commentary

Page 9: Events

Page 10: Board Member Profile

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Conseil Atlantique pour la Coopération Internationale

Some of the exciting projects currently underway in PEI include:

Rendez-vous Vol. 2/ No. 1 January/janvier 2002 Le bulletin Rendez-vous est publié par le Conseil Atlantique pour la Coopération Internationale et financé par l’Agence Canadienne de Développement International. La politique en matière du bilinguisme du CACI consiste à utiliser les deux langues officielles sans traduction dans le bulletin d’information. Your comments on this formula are welcome. Editings and Layout: Marcelle Thibodeau

•RCDC has a proposal to the Institute for Health Research for a knowledge transfer project, which would focus on getting information on health issues into the communities. RCDC is also working on creating a network of francophone family resource centres. •Cooper Institute is organizing focus groups for the Literacy Alliance. The Cooper Institute also works with the Association for Newcomers to Canada. Through Heritage Canada, the Cooper Institute is working to increase partnerships between PEI native groups and other groups. •The International Family Farm Exchange Association is organizing a 3week tour of islanders to East Africa to see projects. Technicians, farmers and one media person will be going. Other Meetings On behalf of ACIC, I had the opportunity to attend the following meetings: •Earth Summit 2002 Canadian Secretariat Round Table on the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Fredericton, November 30, 2001;

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation-Conseil Atlantique pour la Coopération Internationale. 125 chemin South Knowlesville Road Knowlesville, N.-B./NB E7L 1B1 Ph/Tél: (506)-375-4795 Fax: (506)-375-4221 Email: Website:

•New Brunswick Climate Change Hub Steering Committee Meeting, Fredericton, December 3, 2001;

•Impacts: Workshops on Producing Educational and Promotional Materials Workshop Series. “Writing for Success” and “Getting Noticed: Layout and Design”, Fredericton, October 20, 2001. •Impacts: Workshops on Producing Educational and Promotional Materials Workshop Series. “Producing and editing videos for education, promotion, and PSAs”, Fredericton, November 10, 2001. Please let me know if you would like further information on any of these meetings. Upcoming Events Keep your eyes open for the following: 1. Professional Development workshops in each province 2. Public engagement project – dialogues on climate change issues. Please contact me for more information or if you are interested in attending. 3. Online membership database. 4. ACIC is continuing to work with the Community Animation Program on a project providing community workshops on developing good public policy relating to issues of sustainable development. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact me. 5. International Development Week – February 3-9, 2002. A special edition of Rendez-Vous will be sent out to you! Please send me articles and events for the newsletter.

ACIC Board of Directors Conseil d’Administration du CACI Neil Tilley, Chair & Nfld/Lab Representative (Extension Community Development Cooperative) Jean Arnold, Treasurer & NB Representative (Falls Brook Centre) Peggy Cameron, NS Representative (Clean Nova Scotia) Marian White, PEI Representative (CUSO)

The views expressed by the publication are not necessarily those of ACIC or its members.

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Maureen MacLean, Member-at-Large (Canadian Cooperative Association) Sarah Shima, Ex oficio, Coordinator


By: Rick McDaniel Program Manager: International and Social Development YMCA of Fredericton The International Department of the Fredericton YMCA is providing financial support for an innovative program being implemented in the only maximum security prison in the country of Belize. More than half the inmates at Hattieville Prison, outside of Belize City, are between the ages of 16 and 29. Most of these men are under-educated and lack employment skills. The Belize Department of Corrections requested the assistance of the YMCA of Belize in providing educational upgrading and vocational training for these men by establishing a "Campus Y" within the prison. "Campus Ys" are one of many programs which the YMCA of Belize has established in that small country to respond to the needs of the youth. Campus Y programs match youth with the proper resources and training within their local communities in order to enhance their education and personal development. Prison authorities recognized the importance of the program because of the increasing crime rate within Belize and because of the large number of young offenders. Many of these young people commit crimes in order to gain quick money for themselves and/or their families. Many of them had been neglected as children, cannot afford education, and, once released, they often become re-offenders because of the few opportunities available to them outside the prison. The prison becomes their home and the other inmates their only friends because they lack a support network in the greater community. In October 2000, the YMCA of Belize developed the Campus Y Prison Program with Wayne Moody, the Director of Programs and Administration for the Department of Corrections. Mr. Moody envisaged training and rehabilitation for Volume 2 Issue 1

inmates as a means to control the cyclical pattern of criminal activity in the country. Since the majority of youth within the prison were repeat-offenders, it was hoped that with proper training and encouragement, the cycle of crime would stop. The Hattieville Prison Campus Y has five main program areas: fund-raising, education, public relations, community service, and sports and recreation. Each area strives to meet the overall objectives and mission of the Belize YMCA–the development of the Belizian community in spirit, mind, and body and the promotion of peace and social justice. Originally, the YMCA wanted to implement structured programs whereby hired staff or volunteers would go to the prison to train youth in basic subject and leadership skills; however, needs-based training has since been implemented and has proven successful. Under the present directorship of Kevin Cadle, the Campus Y "Tradeline" has been incorporated into the prison program. The Tradeline Project is needsbased because it educates inmates by making use of their own skills and resources and further fosters networking between the prison and the outside community.

community and tourist centers. The Fredericton YMCA's fair trade program– Cultures Boutique–is working with the Belize YMCA to begin importing some of these craft items into Canada. A bank account has been established for each of the inmate-artists working in the program. These accounts will provide the inmate some financial security once he is released, and it is hoped that the skills he developed will provide him with the confidence and resources necessary to live as a law-abiding citizen. In addition, the Tradeline Project includes the curriculum for the Primary School Examination, which is a mandatory exam for students entering high school. The PSE curriculum prepares the prisoners to take the written examinations in core subjects such as math, English, science, and social studies. The Campus Y Prison Program, with its wide range of programs, is intended to serve as a tool for rehabilitation within the prison. The staff of Hattieville Prison and the YMCA of Belize are committed to both the personal development of inmates and to their re-entry into society as confident and resourceful citizens of Belize.

The courses offered include welding, mosaics, drafting, electrical engineering, and woodworking–trades which were already familiar to many of the prisoners. Formal instruction is given by senior inmates, and most materials are taken from the prison grounds. Even the classrooms, desks, and chairs were built by the inmates. The Tradeline Project is meeting the prison's mission to provide remedial education to offenders in order to prepare them for reintegration into society. The youth in prison have developed a strong sense of pride in their work. The items which are produced show excellent craftsmanship, especially the wood carvings and mosaics. Many items are sold in the local Page 3

By: Tracy Glynn I can remember the excitement as I received my X-ring that fine December afternoon back in 1998. The X-ring symbolized so much; the four years of trying to make it through the night at the library or in a biology lab the night before an exam, the friendships made that will last a lifetime, unwinding at the campus bar and everything and more one could hope to get from their university experience. The X-ring was also a consolation as I reluctantly left the friendly university town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, that I was not leaving the friends, campus or town behind forever but that it would always be a part of me on my finger. I never imagined that there would come a day when I would be ashamed to wear this ring. In the months leading up to graduation, I was talking with my oceanography professor, Evan Edinger about the unconceivable life after Saint Francis Xavier University or “X”. I told him I was interested in international work and he mentioned CUSO, a Canadian organization that sends volunteers overseas to work on various environmental and social projects. I applied and after graudation I was off to Jakarta, Indonesia to work as a information technology specialist at a local environmental NGO for six months. In November 2000, I returned home to the sleepy and serene Miramichi, with the promise to the NGO I had worked with that I would return in April 2001 to sign a one-year contract to work as the international campaigner. I returned and I am working with JATAM, the Indonesian Mining Advocacy Network, which is a network of NGOs and community-based organizations that support the struggle of indigenous communities against the mining, oil and gas industries. JATAM’s position calls for a moratorium on all mining in Indonesia. The moratorium is crucial for the survival of Indonesia’s last natural wonders and cultural diversity.

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The exploitation of Indonesia’s rich mineral deposits is literally uncapping mountains to reach ore deposits, polluting the air, contaminating waterways and poisoning the seas, coral reefs and aquatic life with mining waste. These are just a few of the environmental concerns associated with mining but there are also social ramifications to consider. Mining in Indonesia has caused serious health epidemics, marginalized and victimized women and children and forced indigenous people from their ancestral and sacred land. Over 908 mining companies have been issued mining licenses from 1967 to 1999, covering an unbelievable 84,152,875.92 hectares or nearly 60 % of Indonesian land. The number has significantly increased since then. Mining is exploiting many protected forest areas as well as conservation parks. Why has mining gotten so out of control in Indonesia? Mining’s perilous roots can be dated back to colonialism. Industrialized nations invaded the South and scrambled to take control of the country’s natural resources. In conjunction with the governments, these companies made sure that communities were not involved in issues relating to mineral extraction even if it was to occur on lands they have occupied for generations, many bearing spiritual significance. The companies made the nations economically dependent while the government asserted political dominance. If you have been a tree planter up in Northern Ontario you are probably familiar with the dead zone near Sudbury. This 10,400-hectare dead zone is a result of acid rain. The smelters of the Canadian mining company, INCO, have been declared North America’s largest single contributor to acid rain and is thus

responsible for those dead zones in the Sudbury area. Most Canadians are aware of this mining company whether they are Sudbury residents or the Voisey’s Bay, Labrador Inuit and Innu people who have fought hard and are still struggling to keep their indigenous lands from unjustly being taken over by INCO or the more recently Port Colborne, Ontario residents who have filed a class-action lawsuit in the amount of $ 750 million after learning that their homes and properties have been contaminated with the carcinogen, nickel oxide. However, most Canadians are unaware of the fact that INCO like so many other Canadian mining companies are threatening other communities outside the borders of Canada. INCO has been operating in Sulawesi, Indonesia since the sixties. Since then it has impacted the communities and environment there in many ways.

Impacted by the Canadian nickel mining company, Inco, these Sulawesi citizens hold a demonstration from April 30- May 1, 2001, rejecting Inco's presence on their homelands. The citizens are demanding proper land title certificates from the government as well as fair land compensation from Inco, especially for their agricultural lands that have been destroyed by the mining operations


The following are environmental and social crimes that INCO is responsible for, keeping in mind the severity of each of these crimes and the fact that several other mining companies in Indonesia are committing similar acts: polluting the air; causing asthma and other related illnesses in children; constructing a dam that has flooded farmers’ fields, coconut plantations and a local mosque; systematically destroying immense biodiversity unknown anywhere else in the world; killing fish, causing deformities in fish and quite possibly contaminating fish that are being consumed by the local people; polluting lakes; forcing the relocation of the local people several times with inadequate or no compensation for their lost lands; manipulating contracts of work; using military intimidation and jailing protestors; causing the loss of livelihoods with the destruction of agricultural lands; responsible for employment discrimination ( the number of local people employed at INCO is relatively small and they tend to occupy low status positions); have broken promises of free health care, education, electricity, clean water and priority in employment; provided low revenue for the government; destroyed the culture and traditions of the local people and have negatively affected women. In order to sustain the loss of income of their spouses, the women must work harder. Many women have also become “contract wives”, victim to a marriage that lasts for as long as the worker is contracted to work at the mine. Frequently, after the worker’s contract expires, the worker, who is from outside the region, returns home to his first wife. In these cases, women are left to deal with the economic strain of raising children without paternal support. Prostitution, alcoholism, violence against women and an increasing incidence of teenage pregnancy have changed the cultural landscape and contributed to the degradation of this community. The horrible list goes on and on. Mining in all its above-mentioned flaws is also impractical and unsustainable. Mining consumes tremendous amounts of energy and water while dumping poisonous chemicals. Mining and smelting operations contribute to climate change by consuming 10% of the world’s commercial energy use each year. Mining involves the depletion of non-renewable natural and Volume 2 Issue 1

cyanide and mercury at dangerously high levels.

A child with a back filled with sores. Her and the other children living on the coastline of Buyat Bay, North Sulawesi, can no longer swim and play happily in the sea. They learned the hard way that their beautiful sea is no longer the same as it used to be. PT. Newmont Minahasa Raya, a company owned by the American gold mining giant, Newmont, has turned their ocean playground into a mine waste dump

cultural resources and therefore is not sustainable and never will be. Until there is proper environmental regulation and enforcement and civil rights as well as rights of indigenous communities are recognized and respected, JATAM will stand firm on their position to stop all mining in Indonesia. Thus comes my reason why I do not wear my X-ring in Indonesia. My hand would become to heavy while talking to a Borneo Dayak mother who has been jailed along with her nine year old son for partaking in a peaceful demonstration against the Australian gold mining company, Aurora Gold that has entered their ancestral lands, planning to mine their sacred mountain, and tear down their villages. The glimmer of the ring would also quickly fade while Ibu Sunarti, a Sulawesi woman shares her worries with me about her own health and the health of her five year old daughter, who are constantly ill and suffer various ailments from reoccurring headaches and stomachaches to skin infestations. Her family lives along a bay that is being polluted with the mining wastes from a gold mining operation owned by the American company, Newmont. Reports estimate that 5 to 6 tons of ore are needed to make one gold wedding band and this process leaves behind 10,000 pounds of waste. Sunarti’s bay, which was once a source of food and income for the fisher community and an ocean playground for her children, is now reported to contain

So what can everyone do to stop this abuse caused by the international mining industry? For one, we can limit our consumption of minerals and eliminate the use of unnecessary materials like hightech arms and gold-stocks for international exchange. Second, we can substitute the use of common minerals with rare ones. Third, we can recycle first and mine second. I hope that one day the X-ring will embody all these principles. Maybe someday when the upcoming graduating class are shopping in the jewelry store on Main street, their only concern will not be whether to go with the trendy silver ring or the traditional gold ring but they will have an awareness and appreciation of where their ring came from and the ravaging of Mother Earth and the alienation of indigenous communities will have ceased. Till this day, my X-ring will remain in a box back in Canada, trapped and unacknowledged, like the Indonesian people and environment. When Indonesian regulations and standards are not hindered by multinational corporate interests, when not one single landowner is forced to relocate his family and start anew from nothing, when children do not have to suffer sleepless nights, scratching the sores on their bodies as a result of bathing and playing in their mine waste contaminated river, when the rapes and sexual harassment of women by mine officials are brought to some form of justice, when the military does not intimidate, torture and massacre those who dare to protest the unjust practices of mining companies, when these basic human rights are recognized and are not disposed of by mining companies –not until this moment will I be able to take full pleasure and pride in wearing my X-ring. For more information on CUSO and how you can become a volunteer, please contact: Marion White 1800676-8411 or and visit their website For more information on mining issues in Canada or Indonesia, please contact: Tracy Glynn, and visit JATAM’s website at Page 5

SUST-MAR (Sustainable Maritimes): Sustainable Maritimes (sust-mar) is an interactive email list for news, updates and alerts about the environment and sustainability in Maritime Canada. The list is moderated. You'll receive one message per day. To subscribe just send email to <> In the body of your message type only "subscribe sust-mar" (without the quotes). It's free and you can unsubscribe any time you like. Sust-mar also comes in a "digest" version. If you'd prefer one message every two weeks, with a compilation of all previous daily messages, send email to <> In the body of your message your message type only "subscribe sust-mardigest" (without the quotes). However, be warned: the digest often contains information that is out of date by the time you receive it. Daily list is more up-to-date. To get a feel for the list, visit our archives:

(suite du rapport de la Coordonatrice..) Lors de rencontres antérieures des membres, nous avons discuté les projets récents et les prochaines activités du CACI, comment le CACI peut mieux servir ses membres, en plus de discuter les projets de chaque organisation. Voici quelquesuns des projets excitants qui sont présentement en cours à l’Î.-P.É.: •La RCDC a soumis une demande auprès du “Institute for Health Research” pour un projet de transfert de connaissances qui mettrait l’accent sur l’acheminement de l’information sur les enjeux de santé dans les communautés. Le RCDC oeuvre également à la création d’un réseau de centres de ressources pour familles francophones. •L’Institut Cooper organise des groupes de concertation pour la “Literacy Alliance”. L’Institut Cooper travaille également avec la “Association for Newcomers to Canada”. Grâce à Patrimoine Canada, l’Institut Cooper s’efforce d’améliorer les partenariats entre les groupes autochtones de l’ÎPÉ et les autres groupes. •La “International Family Farm Exchange Association” organise une tournée de 3 semaines en Afrique de l’Est pour des gens de l’île afin d’y visiter des projets. Des techniciens, des fermiers et une personne des médias seront de la partie.

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Autres rencontres Au nom du CACI, j’ai eu l’occasion de participer aux rencontres suivantes: •Table ronde du Secrétariat canadien pour le Sommet de la Terre sur le développement durable en 2002, Fredericton, le 30 novembre, 2001; •Rencontre du Comité directeur du Centre sur le changement climatique du Nouveau-Brunswick, Fredericton, le 3 décembre, 2001; • Impacts: Série d’ateliers sur la production de matériel de promotion et d’éducation: “Écrire pour réussir”; “Se faire remarquer”; “Mise en page et Design”, Fredericton, le 20 octobre, 2001. •Impacts: Série d’ateliers sur la production de matériel de promotion et d’éducation: “Produire et monter des vidéos pour l’éducation, la promotion et les MIP”, Fredericton, le 10 novembre, 2001. Veuillez m’informer si vous aimeriez recevoir plus d’information sur ces rencontres. Prochains événements Gardez l’oeil ouvert pour les activités suivantes: 1. Ateliers de perfectionnement pro fessionnel dans chaque province 2. Projet d’engagement du public – dialogues sur les enjeux du changement climatique. Veuillez communiquer avec moi pour de plus amples renseignements ou si vous aimeriez y participer.

3. Base de données en direct sur les membres. 4. Le CACI continue à travailler avec le Programme d’animation communautaire sur un projet visant à fournir des ateliers communautaires sur le développement de bonnes politiques publiques relatives aux enjeux du développement durable. Si vous aimeriez participer à un atelier, veuillez communiquer avec moi. 5. Semaine du développement international – du 3 au 9 février, 2002. Une édition spéciale de Rendez-Vous vous sera expédiée! Veuillez me faire parvenir vos articles et activités pour le bulletin.

The Regional Co-operative Development Centre through its' Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Program delivered a two hour Reality Check for 44 Grade 9 and 10 students on Monday, Dec. 10th in Springhill, Nova Scotia. This interactive workshop enabled the students to gain a better understanding of the oppression the people in Afghanistan deal with on a daily basis. Students wore authentic ethnic clothing, ate flat bread and experienced a learning-environment experience that was completely unknown to them. Many students were not aware of conditions in Afghanistan and expressed a desire to help! For more details, contact Carole Findlay, Manager of Youth Programs & Education at R.C.D.C. (1-800-9007232) or email:


Le Conseil Atlantique pour la Coopération Internationale et quatres organisations membres du CACI (YMCA Fredericton, N.-B.; Cooper Institute, IPE; Rising Tide Cooperative, Ltd, N.-É; et Extension Community Development Cooperative, T.-N.) collaborent avec le Conseil Canadien pour la Coopération Internationale (CCCI) pour organiser la deuxième année du projet de délibérations publiques sur les enjeux du changement climatique. Par l’entremise du dialogue délibératif (ou “délibération”), on encourage les participants communautaires à explorer des choix politiques difficiles et de considérer

un certain terrain d’entente sur lequel on peut baser des actions. La délibération mène à un dialogue basé sur les valeurs plutôt qu’à un débat encadré par un ordre du jour. Tout comme le disait un des coordinateurs, “Il s’agit d’un moyen de changer les attitudes ancrées et d’évaluer les alternatives, au lieu que d’essayer de gagner. Cela dépasse le consensus.” Chaque partenaire provincial organise une session de formation pour animateur de délibération public. Environ 40 personnes seront entrainées, venant des quatre provinces atlantiques. En février 2002, les animateurs vont organiser des délibé-

Commentaire d’un participant au NouveauBrunswick-2001

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CACI aimerait remercier l’Agence Canadienne de Développement International (CIDA) pour son aide financière Pour plus d’information sur ce projet, s’ilvous-plait contactez Sarah Shima, Coordonatrice.

“At the beginnning of the meeting I realized I was expected to participate, that this wasn’t a lecture. I didn’t think I had anything to offer, what do I know about climate change. But, as things went on I realized I had something to offer and felt comfortable to do so.”

“...un moyen excellent d’inciter l’engagement et la participation du public...Ce fut un plaisir d’y participer”

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and four member organizations of ACIC (YMCA of Fredericton, NB; the Cooper Institute, PEI; Rising Tide Cooperative, Ltd., NS; and Extension Community Development Cooperative, NF) are working in collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), to organize the second year of public deliberations on the topic of climate change.

rations à l’intérieur de leur communautés. Le but est d’animer 20 délibérations dans les provinces atlantiques. Les résultats des délibérations seront compilés et envoyés aux politiciens, décideurs de politiques et les médias à travers l’atlantique.

Comment from a participant from PrinceEdward Island-2001

and to consider some areas of common ground for action. Deliberation leads to a values-based dialogue rather than an agenda-driven debate. As one coordinator put it, “It's a way of changing mindsets, weighing alternatives, rather than trying to win. It goes beyond consensus.” Each Provincial Coordinator is in the process of organizing facilitator-training sessions for public deliberations. Approximately 40 people will be trained from the four Atlantic Provinces. In February 2002, trained facilitators will be organizing deliberations within their com-

munities, with a goal of hosting a total of 20 deliberations in Atlantic Canada. Results from these deliberations will be compiled and sent to politicians, policymakers, and media outlets throughout Atlantic Canada. ACIC would like to thank the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for providing the financial assistance for this project. Please contact Sarah Shima, Coordinator, for further information on this project.

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The Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CESR) is a multi-disciplinary, registered non-profit organization at Dalhousie University. Our members are presently pursuing Masters degrees in Business Administration, Law, Environmental Studies, Economics, Public Administration, Architecture and Pharmacology among others. We have a shared interest in promoting and acting on issues related to social justice, sustainable development, corporate responsibility, ethics, environmentalism, peace, democracy, good governance and human rights. CESR is an active club on campus and in the community. We organize workshops, lectures, seminars and other events related to our mission. Last October, we organized the "People & Planet Fair" at Dalhousie University bringing 30 organizations to campus to promote environmentalism, multiculturalism, sustainability and peace. At the fair, we had a Welcome Reception, Workshops

on Organic Food, Street Activism, and Eradicating Racism among others, a Critical Mass Sing-Along, and a Critical Mass Bike Ride. We recently hosted a visit to Halifax by Oronto Douglas, a human rights lawyer and environmental activist from Nigeria and co-author of the book, "Where Vultures Feast: Human Rights, Shell, and Oil." We also have monthly Philosophy Cafés where we discuss over drinks various topics such as "Can Business Be Responsible?", "Consumerism", "Democracy & Elections" and "Measuring Your Ecological Footprint." In November, CESR was invited to and participated in the Halifax Roundtable for the World Summit on Sustainable Development where we submitted a paper on our vision of a sustainable society. This semester, we have many exciting events planned. In January, we are showing the film "Who's Counting: Sex, Lies and Global Economies" followed by a lecture by Genuine Progress Index (GPI)

Members of the Society for Corportate Environemental and Social Responsibility

Atlantic. In February, we will be volunteering for Lester Pearson's International Days event and we will have an ethics workshop. In March, we are organizing "Leading Social Change through Human Rights", a panel discussion with local human rights and social justice activists. For more information about CESR, please visit our web site at: or email us at

Commentary by: Tegan Wong, Falls Brook Centre As part of the Canadian Environmental NGOs organizing for the World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Johannesburg in September 2002, Falls Brook Centre began a discussion with others ENGOs about emerging themes around poverty; frankly, we would like to see more discussion on the problems of wealth. In this commentary, I hope to begin a dialogue through ACIC of “wealth alleviation versus poverty alleviation”.

and income levels.

Difficulties with current terms: sustainable development has outlived any meaning; just as poverty alleviation equals market

There is adequate information linking wealth with indicators such as the ecological footprint. Canadians have an ecological footprint of 4.8 hectares. How can we look realistically at reducing this? In terms of real sustainability, it seems that poverty is the solution, not the problem: Income wealth can be linked, after a certain level, to irresponsible use of the earth’s resources. Our over-bearing focus on global markets and trade has eroded the heart component of the human enterprise (including serious impacts on cultural diversity and social values).

creation and hence increased consumption. The global economic agenda’s approach to poverty alleviation has too often focused in areas such as “market –access”

What would a new paradigm look like that set out to achieve social justice, ecological health, and peace through

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WEALTH ALLEVIATION? At the level of international policies, we will need to abandon valueless global indicators like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in exchange for indicators that attempt to address quality of life and full cost accounting, like the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). If we look back at the last ten years and then forward to the next ten years, I feel the only way we will achieve a sane society is to turn it upside down, and challenge its very foundation. Falls Brook Centre would like to encourage an ongoing dialogue between ACIC members and southern partners in developing a new paradigm for our work on a global and local level. Rendez-Vous

Building Women’s Financial Co-operatives: An International Training and Exposure Program for Women Leaders February 25 – March 24, 2002 For 25 years, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and its partners around the world have worked together to improve the lives of people through cooperative action. In both its international and domestic programs, CCA promotes a model of development that is rooted in the co-operative tradition of building organizations that are community owned and controlled. A key element of this model is the promotion of co-operative financial institutions that provide accessible financial services to members. In recent years, women have comprised the primary target group of development programs designed to extend financial services to under-served groups and communities. However, few women are in leadership positions in the financial services sector. Even in community-owned co-operatives and credit unions, there are often few women in senior management positions. The proposed program is designed to begin to address this gender gap by providing women leaders of financial cooperatives with a unique opportunity for professional development. CCA will invite 16 women leaders and managers of established financial co-operatives in developing countries for an intensive four-week program of training and mentoring. This program will comprise a set of three training modules and two one-week exposure visits to Canadian credit unions, where the participants will be hosted and guided by their Canadian counterparts, women managers of local credit unions. The purpose of the program is threefold: to provide a professional development opportunity to women leaders of financial co-operatives in developing countries; to build a body of knowledge and experiPage 9

ence related to the specific needs of women in financial co-operatives ( as leaders, staff and member/clients); and to provide an opportunity for Canadian cooperators to learn more about the process of building women-centered community financial institutions in developing countries.

orientation and re-entry events at Tatamagouche Centre. We work with participants to find bursaries and fund-raising projects. Final selection takes place after the first discernment weekend.

If you would be interested in billeting an over seas guest or your Credit union would like to participate please contact : Maureen MacLean , CCA ( Atlantic) Dev. Ed Co-ordinator. (506) 384-4134 or at

(Dates and costs to be set in January, 2002) First planning meeting April 21, Sun 1:30 – 3:30 pm, immediately following the Breaking the Silence Annual Meeting.

Tatamagouche Centre “Breaking the Silence” Delegations to Guatemala 2002 Again this year, Tatamagouche Centre and the Guatemala “Breaking the Silence” Network are offering opportunities for building links and understanding with the Mayan people of Guatemala. In 2002 we are offering two delegations, one for new and one for experienced delegates. 1)

Introductory delegation:

July 24th - Aug. 7th (exact dates determined with participants) First orientation event April 21 - 22, Sun 4 pm – Mon 4 pm, following the Breaking the Silence Annual Meeting. This introductory delegation offers participants the opportunity to learn about the struggle for justice and human rights in Guatemala and to meet community development groups, including Tatamagouche Centre’s partner organisation, the Kaqchikel Presbytery. It is an intense experience, both physically and emotionally, and requires a willingness to participate in group sharing and co-operation.


Kaqchikel Presbytery 10-day delegation

This “Breaking the Silence” delegation is for those who have been on previous delegations or have equivalent experience and will deepen our relationship with the women’s groups of the Kaqchikel Presbytery. The Kaqchikel women and their families will share their lives and skills with us through activities such as weaving, making natural medicines, cooking, gardening, and construction. The delegates will also visit communities in the San Lucas Toliman region, and will increase their awareness of the present political, social and economic reality. All delegates will be involved in planning this delegation. Delegates must fill in an application form, available from the Centre, and attend the planning meeting. For more information contact delegation leaders Kathryn Anderson at kand@ns. (902-657-0474) or Mary Corbett at (902-6571098). Toll-free 1-800-218-2220. NOTE: Deadline for Applications for both delegations: April 15

The cost of approximately $1900 (depending on airfares) includes the registration fee and required discernment, Rendez-Vous

For this edition of Rendez-Vous we interview PEI’s Board of Directors representative, Marian White, to get to know the person behind the name. Upcoming editions will include interviews with other Board members. ACIC: Where did you grow up? Marian:I grew up in Donagh, a small farming community in Prince Edward Island as the fifth of ten children. I live about 20 minutes from my home where my forefathers and foremothers settled 170 years ago when they arrived on the Island as peasant farmers. ACIC: What was your first overseas assignment? M: After graduating from University of Prince Edward Island I volunteered with CUSO at a Teacher College in rural Nigeria. I'm not much for large crowds so I asked to be placed in 'the bush' as apposed to a city! Some day I would like to return to Wamba to relive some wonderful memories.

Simon. For the past seven years I have worked as a recruiter with CUSO - offering skilled people from across Atlantic Canada the opportunity to live and learn through a CUSO placement overseas. It gives me great satisfaction to be a part of the experience that these volunteers have with CUSO cause the overwhelming response is - 'thank you—I will never be the same; I learned so much; We have to change our way of living here in Canada so that people in the South can live better". So inspiring!

ACIC: Where could a person find you on a saturday night? M: Most Saturday nights I am at home in front of the fire or entertaining with friends or perhaps preparing a grilled cheese sandwich for my son and his friends.

Marian White with her son Simon

ACIC:-Next project? ACIC: Favorite music? M: My plans include enjoying the last year at home with my son and helping him get settled at University next Fall. I'd like to spend more time travelling within the Atlantic region meeting with former CUSO volunteers and recruiting new people for CUSO. At home I'd like to install a solar panel and perhaps rent a room to a student. ACIC:What was your favorite course in university?

ACIC:What do you do now? M: I have my dream job and live in a little house with my teenage son,

challenged most by Gary Webster's Political Science course.

David Weale taught a course in Social History that left a lasting impression on me but I think I was

M: Irish traditional, Latin songs of the struggle; Enya; Van Morrison, Bruce Guthro ACIC: How is it being on the ACIC board of directors? M:ACIC means a lot to me, having served as Coordinator in the late 80's early 90's. I feel that the Atlantic region has such great people to work with and the more we work together the more we get done. I'm honoured to serve on the Board where I feel we work as a team.

ACIC’S MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS LES MEMBRES DU CACI Canada World Youth/ Jeunesse Canada Monde Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace/ L’Organisation catholique canadienne pour le développement et la paix Canadian Cooperative Association Canadian Crossroads International Centre for International Studies (UCCB) Clean Nova Scotia Coady International Institute College of the North Atlantic—International Programs Office Cooper Institute CUSO Médecins Sans Frontières—Atlantique EDGE Extension Community Development Cooperative Falls Brook Centre GPI Atlantic

International Development Branch—NBCC International Family Farm Exchange Katimavik Lester Pearson International (Dalhousie University) Mennonite Central Committee, Maritimes Nova Scotia Gambia Association Oxfam Canada Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (Dioceses Fredericton) Regional Co-operative Development Centre Society for Corporate Environment and Social Responsibility Tatamagouche Centre The United Church of Canada Maritime Conference Centre UNICEF Nova Scotia UPEI International Centre YMCA Halifax-Dartmouth YMCA Fredericton


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