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    ACIC Symposium 2017

    Save the date!

    COMMON CONCERN: Standing Together as Global Citizens

    When: June 15-17, 2017
    Where: Sackville, NB

    More details to come!

    There is no denying the seismic shift in recent times of the global political landscape. The election
    of a demagogue to the most important political position in the world, volatile referenda and
    electoral results in Europe, and racist, war-mongering, misogynist and anti-planet discourse, also
    heard in Canada, are cause for common concern. What role can we as Atlantic Canadians
    engaged in promoting social justice locally and globally play in countering these forces that
    threaten the values of global citizenship - human rights, democratic participation, rule of law,
    public deliberation based on dialogue and access to accurate information, and environmental

    If we are to embrace hope over despair, we can be inspired by the millions who joined the
    Women’s Marches in January 2017 highlighting women’s rights as human rights. We can be
    encouraged by Canada’s ambitions to increase its presence on the world stage, the ratification
    of the Paris Agreement to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and international aid priorities
    that point to a stronger focus on the rights of women and girls. We can be reassured by our
    government’s commitment to international peacekeeping initiatives and the UN Sustainable
    Development Goals. And closer to home, we can be heartened by the outpouring of support to
    welcome Syrian and other refugees into our Atlantic Canadian communities. But is it enough?
    Though we may not be able to change the events of the recent past, we can take action to keep
    them from changing us. We will be more effective if we are able to stand together as individuals,
    organizations, and communities who share progressive internationalist and humanist values. The
    symposium will bring together international cooperation practitioners, environmentalists, youth,
    indigenous leaders, human-rights activists, immigrant associations, feminists, local governments,
    civil society leaders, issue-specific experts, advocates and academics to encourage dialogue
    across sectors.

    The symposium will create a learning environment through a combination of
    keynote speakers, panel discussions, and workshops that will strengthen individual and collective
    capacity to engage Atlantic Canadians and provide them with the tools to confront climate
    change denial and counter misogynist, racist, and xenophobic narratives. Most importantly,
    in bringing diverse voices together, we hope the symposium will lay the groundwork for further
    concerted action and collaboration based on a spirit of global solidarity that will contribute to the
    “bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable
    and resilient path.” [UN, Transforming our World, 2015]