MEMBERS’ PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FUND
The purpose of the ACIC Members’ 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 interconnected nature of the issues related to global poverty. ACIC members play an important role in transforming the ways in which the public understands and engages with 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!
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.
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).