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Winter 2014 Vol 14 | Issue 1

Newsletter of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation

Tamale, Ghana. Photo by Kate Mosher, ACIC Intern

IN THIS ISSUE

Member Engagement Update Winter 2014 has been a very busy time for member training and professional opportunities in the ACIC community! ACIC has been and continues to facilitate training sessions in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Members have been sharing with us the types of training activities that would be most useful to them. Continued on page 2…

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Inter-Council Network (ICN) News

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ACT 4 Global Change Website

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IYIP­— My experiences

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Global Citizens Guide

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Active-8! 2014 Campaign Rendez-Vous

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Membership Collaboration Fund Projects 2013-14

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Healing Through Story with International Storyteller and Author Laura Simms

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Learning About the Realities of Racism in Health

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International Volunteer Day

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Beyond Our Borders

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25 Years of Solidarity

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From Global Hive

In November, ACIC held a networking luncheon for members in the Fredericton area. As there were many new faces around the table, it was a great time to meet some of our NB members, learn about our projects, and discuss how we can create synergies in our work. In January, a great workshop took place entiltled “Writing for the Web and Social Media.” The workshop was designed for ACIC members located in Nova Scotia. This workshop was extremely well-received and benefited a number of our smaller member organizations that are constantly working to maintain a solid communications plan. Also in January, Carolyn and Stephanie had the opportunity to meet with several members in the Moncton and Sackville area. It was a great day of sharing and learning about a variety of projects and initiatives happening in NB! Additionally, in February, ACIC hosted an Atlantic-wide workshop on “Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks” in Halifax. This session consisted of a full-day workshop, along with a half-day webinar one week later. Local consultant Clare Levin, who works with Research Power Incorporated, delivered this workshop. Clare is also an individual associate of ACIC, making for a great partnership. In Newfoundland and Labrador, we have completed a very useful session on “Advanced Proposal-Writing.” This session was a great opportunity for members and non-members of ACIC to come together and practice applying skills in proposal-writing to their own projects. A networking event also took place in the evening prior to the session in St. John’s, and proved to be a great gathering for ACIC members in the area. In March, a training session will be delivered in Charlottetown on democracy entitled “Democratic Elections: Global & Domestic.” This topic has gathered much enthusiasm and will be facilitated by the Cooper Institute. See www.acic-caci.org/events for more details on this event. As always, we welcome any suggestions and ideas for possible training activities. Please contact Stephanie McAnany at membership@acic‐caci.org.

Do you work with youth? Looking for new ways to engage meaningfully on global issues? Check out some highlights from the Global Hive’s Youth Engagement section: • Where We Fall Short: Challenges in Sustaining Youth Engagement • Engaging post-high school youth checklist • Anti-oppression resources • Slacktivism (Challenge case study) Case studies, practitioners’ examples, and concrete tools are featured throughout the site, all geared to support your efforts to inspire, support, and challenge yourself and others to learn, reflect, and take action on global issues. Visit www.globalhive.ca today and see what new things you can find!

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ACT 4 Global Change Website From ACIC ACIC is proud to announce the launch of ACT 4 Global Change www.act4globalchange.ca, a website dedicated to inspiring and informing youth who want to get involved in local and global development. ACT stands for “Atlantic Canadians Together.” We celebrated the launch at an event called “Bean Inspired Lately?” held at the Garden of Eat’n Cafe in Halifax on February 19th. Four youth and five local partners gave brief talks about their experiences and the opportunities available to youth in Atlantic Canada. We thank everyone who came out to make it a cozy night of sharing and inspiration. The website is simple in message: Get Inspired, Get Informed and Get Involved. To get informed, youth can access ACIC’s materials, such as the Global Citizen’s Guide and Books Beyond Borders. To get inspired, youth can browse videos made by local young volunteers about their experiences in organizations such as Renaissance College, Oxfam and United Way. Finally, to get involved, youth can look through listings of opportunities to volunteer, intern or pursue education from ACIC and its members. To take action and create positive global change within your community, or to inspire a youth you know to do the same, please check out www. act4globalchange.ca. Videos, information and resources will be added and updated regularly. Special thanks to Ashton Rodenhiser (Active-8!),

Isaac Doucette (Global Youth Leaders Tour), Marina Neytcheva (IYIP), Sam Littlefair Wallace (Move Your World), Emily Anderson (Saint Mary’s University), John Cameron (Dalhousie IDS), Matt Musgrave (Coady Institute), Fadi al Qassar (Uganda Venture) and Jeff Schnurr (Community Forests International).

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IYIP­— My experiences From Caroline Hockley, ACIC Intern Although the continuation of the IYIP program has recently come into question, I speak from personal experience that my internship in Tamale, Ghana was immensely valuable. In partnership with the Northern Sector Action on Awareness Centre (NORSAAC), ACIC created the opportunity to send interns to the field in July A group shot of the NORSAAC staff. Photo by Caroline Hockley 2013. Upon returning to Canada this past January I wanted to share my experiences while acting as a Program effects, having the opportunity to travel to programmatic Manager and Learning Assessment Specialist. communities to meet beneficiaries and hear their stories Established as a gender advocacy organization, served to re-confirm the passion and respect I have for NORSAAC has gained national recognition for its success the international development sector and those that work across the areas of women’s rights and governance, sexual within the field. and reproductive health rights, and livelihood and skills After finally adjusting to unannounced power cuts and training in the Northern Region. water shortages, falling in love with the assortments Building on my past volunteer and work experiences of local cuisine and meeting an incredible network of as well as my academic background, the internship neighbours, friends and co-workers, leaving Ghana—in provided me with the platform to further develop particular Tamale—was bittersweet. In many ways it felt both professionally and personally. During my six like we just had only just arrived. month stay, I sought to provide innovative and sustainable contributions to program design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to better The ACIC Global Citizens Guide has been updated! assist NORSAAC in achieving program goals. It outlines a number of ways we can all get more Seeing first hand results from my contributions to the involved with our local and global communities. organization really brought home the significance of the There are tips on volunteering, ethical consumption, internship program. Being able to partake in knowledge engaging in democracy, organising events, and skills sharing across the organization I was able internships, and much more. It also profiles a number to contribute to the successful awarding of funding to of Atlantic Canadians just like you that are working to various project proposals. Resulting from this, NORSAAC make the world a better place. will see improvements in youth knowledge on sexual Contact the office to get your copy: and reproductive health and rights, increased women’s admin@acic-caci.org or 902-430-6486. You can also political representation and participation in local level view the Global Citizens Guide online at: elections and the creation of gender equal opportunities www.acic-caci.org/publications for rural youth in 2014. In addition to these positive

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Active-8! 2014 Campaign Rendez-Vous From Active-8! There are exceptional youth making a big difference in their communities, and they are making an impact that stretches around the globe. This was precisely the message of International Development Week 2014—the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s (DFATD) 24th annual celebration of Canadians contributing to positive global change. From February 2nd to 8th, there were events nationwide to laud and inspire our everyday global citizens, and to demonstrate that in Atlantic Canada, we are making a difference in the world. Throughout February, ACIC hosted our 5th annual Active-8! Campaign, which had two aims: to feature the efforts of eight Atlantic Canadian Youth Ambassadors on matters of social justice, and to encourage the public to make pledges of action for positive global change. From founding local art festivals, to setting up medical clinics in Ghana, to working with refugees in their community—these Youth Ambassadors are making a difference because they want to be, as Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “the change they wish to see in the world”. You can read all about the Youth Ambassadors, and see the pledges they inspired at 2014.active8campaign.com. To earn their action pledges, the Ambassadors held events throughout the month. In New Brunswick, Chantelle and Amanda held an international-themed Books Beyond Borders book club meeting, an Amazing Race with UNB students and a popular “Cookie for a Thought” booth. In PEI, Lisa held a speakers’ series at her high school with guest speakers from organizations such as CUSO and World Vision. Jordan, also in PEI, held awareness events at his school throughout IDW and Family Violence Prevention Week. Annie and Ashton in Nova Scotia held button-making workshops to make badges to remember your pledges—Ashton even got the Mayor of Bridgewater to make one! Ashley and Sana in Newfoundland held information booths, gave presentations, and held a documentary night on their campus at Memorial University.

The pledges that came pouring in were as thoughtful as they were diverse, and included: “Today I will begin to buy fairly traded products whenever possible that help local farmers in other countries earn a living wage for themselves and their families” and “I will help reduce the barriers to education by helping organizations that donate school supplies and support disadvantaged children in addition to personally volunteering as a peer educator.” By midway through the month, the Ambassadors had collected more than 1400 pledges. It is the unfortunate reality that acts of globalmindedness from young Atlantic Canadians are increasingly reliant on individuals without support from established agencies and organizations. In the past few years, chapters of almost every “big” Canadian international development non-governmental organization have centralized their activities in Ontario due to budget constraints.

Left to right: Amanda Stephens, Ashley Hunt,Ashton Rodenhiser, Chantelle McMullin, Jordan MacDonald, Lisa Morrison, Annie Hinton, Sana Ghouri

In thinking more optimistically, these setbacks have forced Atlantic Canadians to do what we do best—going back to “grassroots” activism. By making online Active-8! pledges of action, we challenge ourselves, as well as show young global citizens that we care, we share their values, and we support their passions.

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Membership Collaboration Fund Projects 2013-14 From ACIC This year ACIC received a total of 10 applications—the highest ever received for this small fund—from members wishing to collaborate with others in the Atlantic region on public engagement projects that support increased awareness of and action related to international cooperation. The following 7 projects will receive funding in 2013–14. Check out our Events page for details on when and where these events will take place.

1. Supporting NB Youth Participation at PowerShift Atlantic, 2014

3. Highlight Global Gender Issues in International Women’s Day (see IWD poster)

Collaborating Members: Conservation Council of New Brunswick, CUPE Global Justice Committee & PowerShift/ Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (non-member) Description: Outreach will occur to diverse networks throughout New Brunswick to organize the participation of up to 75 youth to travel by bus to the PowerShift Atlantic, 2014 conference in Halifax. Additionally, CCNB, the CUPE Global Justice Committee and PowerShift/ Canadian Climate Youth Coalition will collaborate on the execution of a workshop on what can be done about the systemic nature of the climate crisis. The active participation of youth at the conference will be monitored and feedback obtained through an evaluation form and suggestion box.

Collaborating Members: Cuso International & CUPE Global Justice Committee Description: In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2014 on PEI, members will: • Host a female speaker from the global south at a public presentation to highlight successes and challenges to gender equality • Share information on gender roles around the world • Use media to get the message out to the general public

2. From Local to Global — Making Connections through Food Sovereignty Collaborating Members: The Cooper Institute, Cathy Ronahan & the PEI Food Security Network (non-member) Description: This project will result in a workshop with presentations about food security/food sovereignty projects that link communities, activists and organizations in Prince Edward Island with those in other countries.

Save the date!

ACIC 2014 AGM & Symposium will take place in Charlottetown, PEI, June 12th to the 14th. The theme for this year’s Symposium is: The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: A Development Agenda for Canada and Canadian CSOs. We are pleased to announce that Joanna Kerr, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada will be our 6

4. Crystal Ball of Sustainable Engagement Collaborating Members: Farmers Helping Farmers & the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Description: A spherical display case will be created to showcase videos and pictures taken by interns and local coordinators in Kenya and compiled by the Farmers Helping Farmers Education Committee, for the purpose of disseminating information about the work of the organization, particularly to a youth audience via an accessible, interactive technological medium. The display will be housed in various public locations with high foot traffic, including public schools on PEI, the UPEI Student Union

keynote speaker! She is past executive director of the global network, Association for Women's Rights in Development; past program director for Oxfam Canada; past executive director for ActionAid International, a global NGO based out of Johannesburg; and now Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada. Stay tuned for more details!


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and the Charlottetown Farmers Market. Videos will also be posted to YouTube, and the images placed on the Farmers Helping Farmers website.

5. Healing Through Storytelling (see the Laura Simms article) Collaborating Members: GPI Atlantic, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) & The Seventh Wigwam (non-member) Description: The project will bring master storyteller Laura Simms to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to give two public talks and four in-depth workshops with those working in international development, Mi’kmaq elders and participants, and youth during International Development Week 2014. Laura Simms will highlight her work with girls in Haiti and other work from around the world, including the use of story as a means of healing trauma from war or refugee conditions, empowering youth to tell their story and create a sustainable project of their own, and how we can move forward together through creating our own storytelling culture. Mi’kmaq elders will also be brought forward to re-invoke and share their tradition of storytelling. Public talks and workshops will include: • A public talk in Halifax, at Dalhousie University • A workshop in Halifax for organizations working with situations with refugees looking at story as a method of healing trauma, including ACIC members as well as others • A workshop for youth (held at GPI Studio) who are inspired to create their own storytelling volunteer projects • A public talk in Charlottetown at the University of PEI • A workshop joining Mi’kmaq elders from both Nova Scotia and PEI and working with Laura, followed by a sharing event with international organizations in the area including Cooper Institute, the Haiti Support Group, and others at UPEI and the ACIC membership • Coordination with the Active 8! youth to bring these

events in line with their own goals and to give them every opportunity to use the wisdom of storytelling themselves

6. Haiti partner speaker tour — Cooperative development models in Haiti, an approach to food security and sustainable development Collaborating Members: International Sustainable Community Assistance, Cooper Institute & CUPE Global Justice Committee Description: Two public information sessions will be delivered during International Development Week – one on the campus of UPEI and another off campus for the wider general public. In addition, ISCA will facilitate interviews with media and tours of interest for Haitian agrologist Charles Legrand, and meetings with other similar NGO’s on PEI with an agricultural/international development interest.

7. Exploring the Millennium Development Goals: The Past, Present and Future of International Development Collaborating Members: Saint Mary’s University International Activities, Dalhousie University International Development Studies and the Coady International Institute Description: The collaborating partners will organize a one-day, international issues conference to raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The conference will be student-led and will provide students of International Development Studies and other related disciplines opportunities to share and explore their research with other students and researchers. Students will also be encouraged to share experiences from working with civil society organizations. Additionally, ACIC’s Active 8 Campaign youth Ambassadors will be invited to participate and share their experience as part of the conference.. 7


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Healing Through Story with International Storyteller and Author Laura Simms From GPI Atlantic Halifax and Charlottetown. Laura Simms, international storyteller, author, and humanitarian came to Nova Scotia and PEI for International Development Week (February 2–8), hosted through the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation under the auspices of GPI Atlantic and the University of Prince Edward Island. Laura Simms received the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, CHOICE award for best story collection and Sesame Street’s SUNNY DAYS award for work with children worldwide. Her most recent book is OUR SECRET TERRITORY: The Essence of Storytelling (Sentient Publications, June 2011). Laura drew from her work with girls in Haiti on their own story project, children and a zoo in Romania, and wove present day reality with mythic reality in a gripping, moving, and awakening series of workshops and events. In Halifax, Laura led a workshop for people wanting to use story in their own organizations and was unrelenting in her demand for coming to the present, making it personal, and never preaching. In her workshop with youth and youth advocates at the GPI Atlantic studio in St. Margaret’s Bay, Laura led the group through a story mapping and telling experience she calls “presencing” to bring about the most real, descriptive, and authentic connection with our own stories. Her last event in Halifax, The Theatre of Wild Mercy Storytelling Concert at St. Mary’s University was also sponsored by The Storytellers Circle of Halifax. Against the backdrop of marine paintings by Rose Adam, who attended the event, Laura told stories to a sold out crowd

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that alternately laughed and cried about overcoming our cultural prejudices to embrace the experience we share with everyone—life. The most powerful moment was during her talk at the University of Prince Edward Island to a packed auditorium of students, faculty members, and locals. She described the first night “home” with her for her adoptive son Ishmael Beah, who grew up to become a best selling author describing his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone (Long Way Gone). Laura spoke about finding the right story, trusting her instinct, even though it seemed too much, too violent for a boy coming from violence. And as she told the story, Ishmael began to sing softly a tune from his native village and said, “that story is from my home. I know it well.”


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Learning About the Realities of Racism in Health From Global Health Office

Dr. Williams Speaks to Community Members

On February 10th and 11th, the Global Health Office at Dalhousie University, in partnership with the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC), Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Capital Health and Dalhousie University’s African Nova Scotian Advisory Committee, welcomed Dr. David R. Williams, an expert on racism and health from Harvard University to Halifax. Dr. Williams is internationally recognized for his research on understanding how race, racial discrimination, socioeconomic status and religion affect physical and mental health. He is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a professor of African Studies, African-American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. During the visit Dr. Williams presented current research on how race, racial discrimination, and socioeconomics affect physical and mental health. This information was shared with front-line healthcare professionals, the academic community and policy makers. The focus of these discussions examined the gaps and opportunities

for research as well as the roles provincial and district health authorities play in decreasing health inequities and increasing quality of care. Dr. Williams also presented to the community, offering the hard facts about racism and health that resonated with the audience as they nodded in agreement and began to understand their role in advocating for their own health and that of the community. The partners were supported with funding from Diversity and Social Inclusion, Primary Health Care, Department of Health and Wellness. Video of Dr. Williams’ public presentation will be available at www. africancanadianhealth.ca.

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International Volunteer Day From Taylor Quinn

Taylor Quinn. Photo by Sean Kelly

To mark International Volunteer Day on December 5th, 2013 ACIC staff attended a reception hosted by The Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of the Voluntary Sector, at Province House in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Taylor Quinn, one of ACIC’s 2013 Youth Ambassadors, spoke about the role and contribution of volunteers, particularly youth, in our global community. Please take a few minutes and read Taylor's speech below: First, I would like to thank Minister Kousoulis and the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (the ACIC), for the opportunity to speak at today’s event. I am honored to be here as a youth volunteer and to have the opportunity to share a piece of my story with all of you, and am hugely grateful for all the incredible support and opportunities I have received from organizations like the ACIC, Feed Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Student Union, and others, especially as someone who came from “away” to find a home here in Nova Scotia.   I was active as a child, playing a range of sports and being involved in my school and local community in small ways, but I would not have called myself a ‘volunteer.’ All of that changed on October 20th, 2009 when I was in grade 11. I was at a youth enrichment program in Ottawa called Encounters with Canada, and on that Tuesday night, I heard a presentation from two volunteers discussing 10

the issue of child soldiers, and how children are used as weapons of modern day war. I was shocked to hear that kids no different from myself are kidnapped and coerced into fighting in some of the world’s bloodiest wars. That night, I stayed up late with a few friends and talked about how we could educate others in our home communities about this issue. So I did what any other Millennial would do, I made a short video and put it on Youtube. When I returned to North Vancouver, I went into my Principal’s Office at my high school to attempt to convince her to allow me to show my two minute video during our school’s Remembrance Day Assembly. She said no, she wasn’t interested, it couldn’t happen. I was shocked, as I assumed that when others heard about the issue of child soldiers, they would join me in my mini-movement to raise awareness about it. A few days later, I went back to her office, and once again, she said no. For two weeks, I garnered support from a couple teachers and students, and every day I went into her office, trying to rework my pitch each time, and eventually, I had interrupted her so many times that she finally said, “Ok, you can show your video while everyone files into the gym.” For anyone who has ever been in high school, you would So I did what any know that teenagers other Millennial usually don’t pay attention to anything would do, I made but their friends when a short video walking into and settling and put it on down in an assembly, but I could show my YouTube. video, and that’s all that mattered. Much to my Principal’s shock, my terribly made but impactful two-minute video resonated with both students and teachers, and before I knew it, I had started a school club that had to host our meetings in that same school gym, as we would have over 100 students and teachers come to our weekly meetings. I had a late start, but I went from not volunteering at all to having the word ‘volunteer’ define everything I did. My passion for the eradication of child soldiers took me to schools, churches,


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and leadership conferences, speaking about the issue and trying to inspire others with my story and the idea that “where you live should not determine whether you live” (Quote from Bono of U2). That passion became a life spent always busy. When not in school, I worked part-time jobs so I could spend my summers volunteering, whether in Canada or abroad. That passion for volunteering has taken me to East Africa three times, and allowed me to become a mentor for other young people who Where you are simply looking for live should not someone to say “Yes” to determine whether their passion, give them that validation to not you live. - Bono be ordinary, but to do something extraordinary.

Taylor, Minister Labi Kousoulis and Kristin Williams board member with the Community Sector Council-NS. Photo by Sean Kelly

A sense of community and a strong culture of volunteering was what pulled me to Halifax and to Dalhousie University, and I plan to stay in Nova Scotia and further immerse myself in the community for years to come. My role as a volunteer has taken me from conversations with Prince William and his wife Katherine to the most incredible hospitality I will ever experience in rural Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. It’s not those moments, but the daily inspiration I get from the community of young people I am lucky enough to know who pride themselves on their commitment to the betterment of the community. My experience as a

local and international Opportunity isn’t volunteer has taught me a chance; it’s a just how many incredible young people there choice. - Robin Wizowaty are around the world working towards change, especially in this province. Last week, I stood in a suite of boxes and supplies at the top of the Metro Centre, a volunteer at Free the Children’s first Atlantic Canada We Day. I looked down at a bright, cheering sea of over 10,000 young people who are the future of our region. They are at a time in their life when they believe change is possible, that poverty is solvable, that human development is much more important than economic development. Now, these kids are idealists, sure, but the thing is, their dreams are feasible, those things are possible. I lead my life by a quote by author Robin Wizowaty, “Opportunity isn’t a chance; it’s a choice. And it’s the choices we make that define the paths our lives will take.” Therefore, I am taking this opportunity today to fulfill my responsibility as a global citizen, and to do my best to speak on behalf of those 10,000 youth at the Metro Centre and the many more working in Nova Scotia to make this world a better place. We are at an exciting moment in Nova Scotia. With a new government comes exciting possibilities for the years ahead. I hope that the people with power in our province support those idealistic youth, and are willing to go beyond the status quo to make our province a model of what is really possible when the importance of volunteering and global citizenship is not simply an ideal, but a way of thinking, a way of acting. Whether it is making education more affordable by reducing tuition fees, so young people have the opportunity to volunteer and not spend all of their time attempting to save up for post-secondary education, or investing in the idea of social enterprise that is already causing ripples of change all across this province, let’s not let those 10,000 plus young people down. Because if we do, just like I did those four years ago in my principal’s office, those young people will speak louder, become more unified, and not stop until global citizenship is a priority of the province. 

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Upcoming Events from the Tatamagouche Centre Dialogue for Peaceful Change: Community Conflict Mediation Training March 2-7, Sun 7 p.m. to Fri 1 p.m.

An internationally accredited program that explores transforming conflicts through community based conflict mediation.  Learn and practice the effective tools and strategies for dealing with the conflicts you face. Leadership: Stephen Law, Amanda Reddick

• Program Details: https://www.tatacentre.ca/ index.php/programs/details/2038 • Program Cost: $840 ($50 DPC International certification + $397 tuition + $393 meals/ accommodations) Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure you place in this program.

The Arrivals Project: Ancestry and Personal Legacy March 13-16, Thurs 10 a.m. to Sun 4 p.m.

Unlock your ancestral past that is within your body and discover how it can be a powerful source for artistic expression, personal growth, and community empowerment with artists Diane Roberts of Urbanink and Liliona Quarmyne. The Arrivals Personal Legacy Workshop has toured extensively across Canada, as well as in Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and South America. It is the culmination of ten years of focused artistic research and draws on almost 30 years of experience as a theatre student, practitioner and educator by the founder of the process, Diane Roberts.  This innovative workshop is for artists working at the emerging, intermediate and senior levels; diverse First Nations & cultural communities; and artistic companies and organizations—all with a desire to connect in new ways to their authentic historic bodies as a powerful source for artistic expression, personal & community empowerment.  The individual and group experience of the APL workshop breaks down barriers of artistic, cultural and generational understanding. We gather diverse ethnicity, lifestyles & artistic practices and engage in a guided, physical process of exploring & exchanging the experiences, values, and traditions of each person’s chosen ancestor.

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Performers learn skills in grounding, listening, authentic exploration of space, increased body knowledge, and character development. Writers and creators learn to tap into their creative source through embodied research, exploring personal and Diane Roberts founder of The Arrivals Project collective history. Arts and cultural organizations discover a meaningful process of connecting with diverse Indigenous and cultural artists and communities. • Program Details: https://www.tatacentre.ca/index. php/programs/details/2019 • Program Cost: $510 ($255 tuition + $255 meals/ accommodations) We know of funding available for artists, for details please email liliona@tatacentre.ca. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program. Thank you to Green Shield Canada for financial support of this program.


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Beyond Our Borders From Chalice, Kim Slaney BSW, RSW

Kim leads a session for local leaders in the community. Photo by Joanne Albrecht

I can still recall where I was sitting in the school gymnasium when Sister Rosemary Ryan showed us slides of her mission to Peru. My grade 5 self was riveted by the images displayed from the old slide and projector reel. At that moment I started to make plans for my own mission that took place 34 years later.

the village leaders and on counselling and leadership to the staff. They were all open and eager to learn. It is very difficult to describe the love reciprocated during our time together. Powerful, humbling, spiritual, and elemental are some of the words that come to mind. Chalice delivers their program using the principles of empowerment and I was blessed to see the beauty of this model in action. Sponsorship allows children to stay in school and receive a good education, empowers families, and improves their health and wellness. It provides the people with a hand up. India was an experience of the heart, mind, body and soul and the realization of a lifelong dream… What is your dream?

Experience a Chalice Mission Trip: Fresh garlands of flowers were a common part of our welcome

On February 8, 2013, our Canadian team left for a two week mission to Kumbakonam, India. Visiting village after village, sponsor children and their families welcomed us by placing oil on our foreheads, flower garlands around our necks and shawls around our shoulders. They were so poor economically but rich in spirit, faith and feelings of gratitude. They sang, danced and played the drums as they escorted us to our village meeting places. I was happy to present sessions on effective group meetings to

• Solidarity Tour to Paraguay (May 18–30) • Teach2Reach Ghana (August, 4 weeks + opportunity to extend stay) • TANCAN Medical Mission to Tanzania (August 9–30) • Mission to the Ukraine (October 18–31)

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25 Years of Solidarity From Breaking the Silence Breaking the Silence Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network will be celebrating 25 years of solidarity with Guatemala in 2014! Highlighting this year are two big events this spring and summer—a speaking tour in Atlantic Canada with Celeste Gutierrez from March 23–27 and the annual Breaking the Silence gathering in Tatamagouche from June 27–29 with special guest speakers Leocadio Juracan, Jesus Tecu Osorio and  Isabel Osorio. Since 1988, Breaking the Silence Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network has been committed to building mutual and sustainable relationships with our partners in Guatemala. In Canada, BTS consists of local committees in Antigonish, Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown, the North Shore and Toronto. We support solidarity work through speaking tours in Canada, human rights delegations to Guatemala and international human rights accompaniment in Guatemala.

Jesus Tecu Osorio speaks to the graduating class of 2013 from the New Hope Community Bilingual Institute. Photo by Lisa Rankin

Celeste Gutierrez is a community organizer and member of CODIDENA, the Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature from Santa Rosa. The group has been organizing in resistance to a silver mine, owned by Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources. Despite opposition, and violence, the mine has gone forward, and is now producing silver. Celeste will speak on CODIDENA’s work to educate the surrounding communities on the affects of mining projects, her experiences organizing community consultations in Santa Rosa, and the risks for human rights defenders in Guatemala. The annual BTS gathering in Tatamagouche is always a wonderful event to reconnect with Guatemala and new 14

Coffee drying over Lake Atitlan at the CCDA Coffee Processing Site. Photo by Lisa Rankin

and old members of Breaking the Silence. As this is our 25th anniversary, we want to make this year special, with representatives of three of BTS’s oldest partners. Leocadio Juracan is the coordinator of the Small Highland Farmers Committee (CCDA), an organization that supplies Just Us! with Breaking the Silence coffee. The organization has worked tirelessly for land reform in Guatemala, and has been the target of attacks for their work. Jesus Tecu Osorio and Isabel Osorio are both survivors of the Rio Negro massacres, in the 1980s. Since then, Jesus has become a world renowned human rights defender for his role in prosecuting those who committed genocide in Guatemala, writing a book on his youth, starting a bilingual (Spanish and Maya Achi) high school and starting a legal clinic, all in his community. Isabel Osorio will be speaking on her experiences as a survivor of the massacres in Rio Negro and her experiences as a woman in the current context of Guatemala. Leocadio, Jesus and Isabel will be travelling throughout the Maritimes for speaking tours, as well as at our annual gathering. Please stay connected with our blog  www.breakingthesilenceblog.com for updates on dates and location of the speaking tours of Celeste Gutierrez, Leocadio Juracan, Jesus Teco Osorio and Isabel Osorio this spring and summer!

Isabel Osorio teaching the BTS 2013 Delegation to Guatemala how to make delicious tortillas. Photo by Jacquline Sampson


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Review of Canada’s Global Villagers: CUSO in Development, 1961-86 From Dr. Henning Mündel Just this afternoon I finished reading Ruth Compton Brouwer’s most illuminating book on CUSO (now Cuso International) and its people in the first 25 years Canada’s Global Villagers: CUSO in Development, 1961-86. In some ways the analysis doesn’t quite stop at ’86 either; the reader is left appreciative of the continued path of the volunteer sending organization that facilitated my time in India from ’66 to ’69. James Walker notes in his review: “This is the book that a thousand returned volunteers intended to write....”  Well – NO, I never intended to write such a book!  I sort of like the German saying “Schuster bleib bei deinen Leisten” - Cobbler, stick to your lasts (wooden insert for shoes shaped like a human foot).  In other words – I am so happy that Compton Brouwer, a historian, wrote this book! With an objective, academic lens, the book provides extensive professional insight interspersed with lovely anecdotes and stories; an overview of Cuso International and its relation to Canada and the developing world we worked and lived in; and what our diverse motivations were initially, during, and in the many years after our actual Cuso ‘volunteering’. As I read episodes, paragraphs and sections here and there out loud to my wife Bev (who

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joined me in India in ’69), she often commented on the depth of certain phrases and paragraphs expressing quite profound observations! Anyone interested in the genesis of Canada’s role in international aid work in the 1960s will find this book very insightful. Compton Brouwer provides a good overview not only of the founding of Cuso International, but also of CIDA and the long-standing connection between the two organizations. Overall it was such a treat to read.  Not, I should clarify, because of the numerous mentions of me, but perhaps in spite of them. So –– we placed another order, for our India-born son Martin to receive as a gift! Dr. Henning Mündel Retired Agricultural Scientist, Plant Breeder Cuso International Volunteer, India ’66-’69

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Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan)

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ACIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leo Cheverie Co-Chair and Prince Edward Island Representative, CUPE Global Justice Committee Nadya Ladouceur Co-chair and New Brunswick Representative, Cuso International Kora-Liegh Russell Secretary, Newfoundland & Labrador Representative, Memorial University

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