The purpose of the ACIC Member Public Engagement Fund is to support good practice and innovative methods of engaging Atlantic Canadians in global development issues. Although the results of a 2012 public opinion poll (ICN/Vision Critical) revealed that one third of all Canadians polled ranked global poverty as a top concern, 43% felt unaffected personally by global poverty. This disconnect indicates a need for the international development cooperation sector to develop a stronger, more effective narrative to engage Canadians on the interconnectedness of the issues surrounding global poverty. ACIC members play an important role in transforming the ways in which the public understands and engages in these issues within Atlantic Canada.

Members Public Engagement Fund 2018-19

ACIC is pleased to announce the recipients of the Members Public Engagement Fund!


#NosDuelen56 | Justice for the 56 girls: Art Exhibit and Speaking Tour to Commemorate the Hogar Seguro tragedy in Guatemala

Breaking the Silence invites you to an art exhibit and speaking tour focused on the ongoing struggle for gender justice in Guatemala. Join us in commemorating and demanding justice for the lives of the 41 girls and young women killed in a fire at the state-run centre for children and youth Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción in Guatemala on March 8, 2017. The tragedy, decried as state feminicide, sparked outrage throughout the country and international solidarity globally, epitomized by the hashtag #NosDuelen56 (we mourn the 56) referencing the 41 victims and 15 survivors of the tragedy. Falling on International Women's Day, the tragedy has become a key case for gender justice in Guatemala, forever changing the meaning of the day in the country.
The art exhibit, which features commemorative portraits contributed by artists from around the world, will travel throughout the Maritimes from January to March in lead up to the second anniversary of the tragedy. This will be followed by a speaking tour from March 4-8th with a special guest from Ocho Tijax, a collective that has been accompanying families impacted by this tragedy, as well as demanding justice for these killings. They will speak about their important work and provide updates from survivors, as well as the legal cases currently in Guatemalan courts. At each event, we will also be joined by a local guest who will speak about the ongoing struggle for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, connecting this case of global feminicide to what's happening here at home. We hope to see you in Antigonish, Tatamagouche, Halifax, Fredericton and Charlottetown!

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Facing Climate Change in Rural Communities – A Global Conversation

The IDW Community Event project -run by the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus International Office- will gather members of the rural communities of Truro, Bible Hill and Colchester County in an open dialogue that will address the impact of climate change on our environment and how, as rural communities, we may work together as ‘friends of environment and climate’ to identify and implement sustainable solutions in addressing the common challenges we globally face. For the project we define “friends” as all citizens who share a common interest, are engaged and are seeking ways to actively participate in addressing climate change and are passionate about keeping our environment clean and safe. This IDW event will engage public through a photo competition and a collaborative community session.


Public Forum on Tidal Power in the Bay of Fundy

Nova Scotia Environmental Network: Tidal power is a promising new field in renewable energy that is being explored globally, with intensive development currently taking place in the tidal powerhouse that is the Bay of Fundy right here in the Maritimes. However, there is genuine fear among a growing number of local people that the present course of irresponsibly hasty development will irreversibly destabilize the natural life systems of the Bay, potentially sacrificing local livelihoods in fishing and tourism in favour of corporate energy sales, and destroying a sacred natural wonder of Mi’kmaki.
Unfortunately, the people who stand to lose most have not had their voices heard. These people include the First Nations who have drawn physical and spiritual sustenance from the Bay of Fundy since time immemorial, as well as the non-indigenous commercial fishermen who make their living there. While these two groups have historically been at odds with each other, they have found common ground in this critical environmental issue that has not received nearly as much public attention as other issues in Nova Scotia.
Our proposed project is to organize a public event featuring a panel of local experts/stakeholders representing both First Nations and commercial fishermen who have been following the tidal power developments closely for many years. This would provide a much-needed opportunity for public engagement in this pivotal issue, giving voice to those who have not yet been given a public platform and uniting indigenous and non-indigenous people in a common cause.

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Fair Trade Game

Saint Mary’s University: A two-day event, consisting of three separate simulations of the Fair Trade Game, invented by Randall Coleman of the Non-GMO project, based in Western Canada. Each game will take place separately at Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, and the Halifax Public Library. Each event runs for just over two hours and would allow, for participants, an interactive experience where they take part in the Fair Trade Game. Following this, there will be a discussion allowing for a further explanation of the process of buying and selling primary goods in global and local markets. The Fair Trade process is simulated to allow for the public to experience the difficulties faced in everyday trade between farmers of the Global South and companies from the Global North. Like the ACT 4 Global Change, the Fair Trade Game is designed to introduce the public to the concept of Global Citizenship as proposed through the United Nations 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals alongside the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC).

Members Public Engagement Fund 2017-18

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Breaking the Silence "Mestizo Soul: Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane"

Breaking the Silence is proud and excited to organize an original and dynamic tour with Guatemalan Feminist, Sociologist and Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane. Rebeca was born in the early 1980s, just as Guatemala’s Internal Armed Conflict was reaching its peak in terms of targeted violence against human, labour and land rights activists.
Rebeca’s aunt was a victim of this repression and growing up, Rebeca became involved in the movement for historical justice. Over time, Rebeca developed a feminist perspective and began to use creative ways - primarily poetry and music - to engage with others on issues of justice and inequality, including gender-based violence, poverty and issues facing marginalized youth. Read more:


Dalhousie Agricultural Campus International Office "Apuknajit: Tradtiational Mikmaq February Feast. Coming together in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation"

Truro campus International office in partnership with Indigenous Student Services hosted an evening of reflection and exploration on the topic of Truth and Reconciliation between Canada and our Indigenous peoples.
Blanket Exercise:
What is a Blanket Exercise? Delivered by KAIROS, the Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Elder Guided Talking Circles:
Engage with others in talking circles guided by Indigenous community Elders on the concepts and realities of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
Traditional Mi'kmaq February Feast:
Join us for Mi'kmaq traditional feast. In Mi'kmaq culture the feeding of Apuknajit is a time of giving thanks to the Spirits during the most difficult time of winter for surviving thus far and to ask for blessings until spring.

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Dalhousie International Development Studies "Is it true what happened to you? Exposing North Korea’s Human Right’s Catastrophe"

Public lectures, a film screening and panel discussion will shed light on North Korea oppressive government and show us what we can do to help.
Jung Gwang Il Speaks: Join us for a public talk by North Korean defector Jung Gwang-Il. Learn how he empowers North Koreans, one USB key at a time.
TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: Can we Defuse the North Korean Crisis? Public panel discussion about the current crisis over North Korea's nuclear program, and for a preview of the film "Under the Sun". With support from Global Affairs Canada, and the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, the IDS Department is offering a series of events about the human security crisis in North Korea. The Kim Regime is responsible not only for aggressive nuclear and tactical military aggression, but also for overseeing an alarming human rights crisis in the country.  The United Nation’s Security Council passed Resolution 2371 against North Korea, and sanctions continue mount against the Kim Regime. The International community continues to condemn North Korea’s military actions, but is there a clear path forward in addressing the North Korean crisis? 


Farmers Helping Farmers "Global Citizenship School Twinning Program”

A grade six teacher from West Kent Elementary School, one of the Island schools twinned with a Kenyan school, Mitoone Primary School, will travel to Kenya to teach and work at Mitoone Primary School.  She will travel with a larger group of Farmers Helping Farmers volunteers who are working in the same region from January 19 until February 10, 2018.  She will teach and work at the school during the 3 weeks she is in Kenya.  She will carry the letters from her Island twinned school and will carry back the letters from the Kenyan school to her Island school. She will also help in the school garden and cookhouse. She will prepare a video presentation with the students at West Kent Elementary school to show at the Mitoone Primary school using her laptop. The Mitoone students will do the same to return to West Kent. She will prepare a multi media presentation in Kenya for the Island teachers and the students at the other Island twinned schools to increase their interest in twinning. She will also work with others in the FHF volunteer group, including vet students on Kenyan small scale dairy farms nd Island farmers working with women’s groups in their vegetable gardens. She will contribute to the impact of the work carried out in 2017 to make this a safe and inclusive school, which included Mitoone Primary School.

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Migrant Dreams: Documentary Film Tour

Cooper Institute, Breaking the Silence, Maritimes Conference - United Church of Canada

This project will bring the new Canadian documentary, Migrant Dreams, to 5 community in the Maritimes between October 20th and the 24th. The film will be accompanied by a representative of Cooper Institute, and a guest speaker from Justice for Migrant Workers. Each event offers an opportunity to collaborate in the region with local groups and activists, to strengthen existing networks, and lead to future collaboration and solidarity actions.

A Maritime film tour of Migrant Dreams:

  • October 20, 7pm: Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PEI

  • October 21, 7pm: Conserver House, 180 St. John St, Fredericton, NB

  • October 22, 11am: Antigonish Film Festival, Antigonish, NS

  • October 23, 1pm: Shediac Bay Community Church, 28 Roy Mullins Drive, Shediac, NB

  • October 24, 6pm: O'Leary United Church. 5 Barclay Rd, O'leary PEI.

The documentary, by award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee, follows women migrant workers in Canadian agriculture struggling for permanent residency status and decent working conditions and rights. Tzaznà Miranda of Justice for Migrant Workers - Ontario will be present for the film screenings.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and groups across Canada have been calling for increased rights for migrant workers - including the right to status in Canada. 

As part of this national action, Cooper Institute and other local groups are organizing a Maritime film tour to build awareness of this issue and to foster collaborative networks to address migrant worker issues as they are manifesting in our rural and urban communities. 

Each film screening will be accompanied by presentations and discussion with Tzazna Miranda Leal, of Justicia for Migrant Workers (Ontario), and Josie Baker, of Cooper Institute (PEI). Both groups are founding members of the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada

All screenings are free of charge. This project was made possible with support of the Atlantic Council for International Collaboration. Additional collaborating organizations include: Maritime Conference - United Church of Canada, Breaking the Silence - Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network, KAIROS, National Farmers Union - New Brunswick, No One is Illegal Fredericton, Fredericton District Labour Council, UFCW, and more.


Imagine Culture Photo Contest

Passages Canada

Your chance to win great prizes by exploring culture through photography!

Snap a photo that explores the cultural traditions in your family, school, or community. Tell us your photo’s story in a 200-word caption and submit online for your chance to win!

PRIZES could include iPads, gift cards, and more!

DEADLINE: March 31, 2017 before midnight (Pacific Time)

QUESTIONS: 1.866.701.1867 (toll free)

Truro Foody Friday 2017: Coffeehouse

Dalhousie, Agricultural Campus- International Office

 Many Atlantic Canadians begin their day with a cup of coffee, but few give thought to the impact their choice has on the world. The TFF Coffeehouse aims to bring a mindful appreciation of the global social and environmental impacts of consumer choices with regard to coffee, across its production, processing, distribution, sale, brewing methods, and waste. Pulling expertise from across academia, community, and private sectors, the TFF Coffeehouse will thoroughly engage guests in thought provoking discussions and upskilling workshops, all while enjoying creative talent performances from local community members.

Building Bridges for International Development Through Children and Youth Engagement 

ECAAIR (East and Central Africa Association of Indigenous Rights)
This project aims to involve and engage more Frederictonians and New Brunswickers, especially children and youth in the First Nations and Newcomers (Permanent Residents and Citizens) communities in important conversations around international development issues and subjects. Engaging Children and Youth in dialogues around International Development is Building Bridges for all the members of our human family and it is the most effective way to keep Canada relevant with the 2030 – United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals‎.

5 Day for the Forest

Conservation Council of New Brunswick

The first-ever 5 Days for the Forest will occur in Fredericton during National Forest Week (Sept. 19-24, 2016). The forest festival will celebrate our diverse mixed-wood forest, wildlife and flora. The events will foster an appreciation of New Brunswick’s forest biodiversity in an effort to ensure its conservation.

International Assistance Review

July 28, 2016

On behalf of the Minister for International Development and the Francophonie, Global Affairs Canada is consulting with Canadian and international stakeholders to strengthen and renew its international assistance policy, funding, and delivery framework. 

This summer, ACIC has been convening our members and other stakeholders to gather input to the process. After hosting an in-person consultation in Halifax and an online consultation for those unable to travel, we have submitted the following summary document to Minister Bibeau:

View our submission HERE and Global Affairs Canada's discussion paper HERE.