Noble Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, to speak at University PEI

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June 6, 2016

Noble Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, to speak at University PEI

Charlottetown, PE: The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is hosting Sheila Watt-Cloutier, as keynote presenter at its annual symposium in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Thursday, June 21st at 7pm. The keynote address, titled Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century, will be provided free to the public on National Aboriginal Day. Watt-Cloutier will sign books after the presentation in the RBC Concourse, School of Sustainable Design Engineering, 550 University Ave.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we are headed.

In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights—especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier an Officer of the Order of Canada; the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award; the UN Champion of the Earth Award; the Norwegian Sophie Prize; and the Right Livelihood Award, which she won in November 2015 and is widely considered the "Nobel Alternative".

Watt-Cloutier is the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, published in 2015. The book was nominated for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads, defended by Chantal Kreviazuk. Watt-Cloutier was also shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

ACIC, an umbrella organization with more than 60 members across the Atlantic, is holding its annual Symposium this year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The event titled Walking Together Towards a Sustainable Future, will take place Thursday, June 21 until Saturday, June 23, at University of Prince Edward island.
You can find the full agenda here: www.acicsymposium.org

For interviews with Sheila Watt-Cloutier contact:
Yenny van Andel
Event Coordinator
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 For more information about the symposium contact:
Janelle Frail
Communications and Membership Officer   
Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
210-2099 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS B3K 3B2
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(t) 902.431.2311
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www.acic-caci.org Twitter @ACIC

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Atlantic Council receives funding for 100 international internships opportunities for indigenous youth

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February 6, 2018

Atlantic Council receives funding for 100 international internships opportunities for indigenous youth

The Minister of International Cooperation and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced today that the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and the Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) in partnership with the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq’s - Mi’kmaw Conservation Group and Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) Empowering Youth, will provide 100 young Canadian indigenous youth opportunities to develop international experience. See the announcement here: www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2018/02/minister_bibeau_announcescanadianorganizationsselectedforinterna.html

As part of the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative (IAYI), ACIC and NCGC will offer internships in six countries: Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar and Kenya. Over five years, ACIC and NCGC will support 100 indigenous youth interns by providing opportunities to gain transferable skills, learn about key development issues in their own communities and abroad, explore education and career pathways in the field of international development. This program will also strive to build confidence and experience in public engagement, and build networks in the international development sector and their own communities that will allow them to put their skills and passion to work for positive change.

“The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) and our member communities’ Chiefs and Councils are very excited to move forward with the IAYI program and, on behalf of all of our partners, to be able to provide all indigenous and our Mi’kmaq youth with these valuable and life changing opportunities and experiences,” said Angeline Gillis, CMM Director of Environment and Natural Resources.

“The Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) is excited to partner with the IAYI program and assist in the efforts to provide Indigenous youth with the opportunity to travel internationally and gain valuable insight into Indigenous cultures around globe,” said Ryan Knockwood, NCPEI Hep'd up on Life Coordinator.

Since 2002, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation has offered 100 internships in 16 countries through international internships. The International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative provides Indigenous Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 with opportunities to gain valuable international experience and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in developing countries. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.

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For more information, please contact:
Janelle Frail
Communications and Membership Officer, ACIC
902-431-2311
E-mail: communications@acic-caci.org 
Website: www.acic-caci.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtlanticCouncilforInternationalCooperation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACIC

Backgrounder:
The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC supports its members in international cooperation and education through collective leadership, networking, information, training and coordination, and represents their interests when dealing with government and others.
ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. Through our public engagement work, ACIC strives to give Atlantic Canadians the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become active global citizens.
ACIC is a rich and vibrant coalition; our varied members - over 70 in the Atlantic Provinces - are united by our strong commitment to building a better world. Please check the members page for more details on ACIC's membership.

The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) is a network of individuals, organizations and institutions based in Canada's three Northern Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. NCGC works to include our whole community through educational programming, community networking, supporting projects that align with our mission and vision, and dismantling knowledge and skill barriers through a commitment to social justice. NCGC is committed to achieving sustainable global development that is just, inclusive, and respectful of the environment and all cultures.

Funding for one hundred international internships for indigenous youth announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 5, 2018

Funding for one hundred international internships for indigenous youth announced

The Minister of International Cooperation and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced today that the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and the Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) in partnership with the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, the Mi’kmaq Conservation Group and Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) Empowering Youth, will provide 100 young Canadian indigenous youth opportunities to develop international experience. See the announcement here: www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2018/02/minister_bibeau_announcescanadianorganizationsselectedforinterna.html

As part of the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative (IAYI), ACIC and NCGC will offer internships in six countries: Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar and Kenya. Over five years, ACIC and NCGC will support 100 indigenous youth interns by providing opportunities to gain transferable skills, learn about key development issues in their own communities and abroad, explore education and career pathways in the field of international development. This program will also strive to build confidence and experience in public engagement, and build networks in the international development sector and their own communities that will allow them to put their skills and passion to work for positive change.

 “The Northern and Atlantic Councils are very excited to move forward with the IAYI program and, on behalf of all of our partners, to be able to provide indigenous youth with these valuable opportunities,” said Tracey Wallace, Executive Director for the Northern Council.

“Building on the collective international development expertise of our member organizations and collaborative relationships with our partners, we are uniquely positioned to support and engage indigenous youth as global citizens, particularly in two underserved areas of Canada: the Atlantic and the North” says Jennifer Sloot, Executive Director for the Atlantic Council.

Since 2002, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation has offered 100 internships in 16 countries through international internships. The International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative provides Indigenous Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 with opportunities to gain valuable international experience and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in developing countries. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.

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For more information, please contact:
Janelle Frail
Communications and Membership Officer, ACIC
902-431-2311
E-mail: communications@acic-caci.org 
Website: www.acic-caci.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtlanticCouncilforInternationalCooperation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACIC

Backgrounder:

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC supports its members in international cooperation and education through collective leadership, networking, information, training and coordination, and represents their interests when dealing with government and others.
ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. Through our public engagement work, ACIC strives to give Atlantic Canadians the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become active global citizens.
ACIC is a rich and vibrant coalition; our varied members - over 70 in the Atlantic Provinces - are united by our strong commitment to building a better world. Please check the members page for more details on ACIC's membership.

The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) is a network of individuals, organizations and institutions based in Canada's three Northern Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. NCGC works to include our whole community through educational programming, community networking, supporting projects that align with our mission and vision, and dismantling knowledge and skill barriers through a commitment to social justice. NCGC is committed to achieving sustainable global development that is just, inclusive, and respectful of the environment and all cultures.

2017 Call For Preliminary Proposals - Development Impact Window - Canadian Small And Medium Organizations For Impact And Innovation

ACIC is delighted to share that Global Affairs has just launched a call for proposals - 2017 Call for Preliminary Proposals - Development Impact Window - Canadian Small and Medium Organizations (SMO) for Impact and Innovation.  This is part of the $100M SMO Fund that Minister Bibeau announced on May 9, 2017. This is the first and largest component of the fund. There will also be an Innovation Fund and a Capacity Building component with details to be announced at a later date.

Through this call, the Government of Canada acknowledges the important role Small and Medium Sized Organizations play in the achievement of Canada's Feminist International Development Aid Policy.  This call is, in part, a result of a multi-year advocacy campaign by the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils, to ensure the Government of Canada values the strength and diversity of SMOs rooted in communities across Canada from coast to coast to coast.

 2017 Call for Preliminary Proposals - Development Impact Window - Canadian Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation

Deadline for submitting a preliminary proposal for this call: December 21, 2017 before 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time.

Global Affairs requires an attestation signed by your organization’s financial director or president indicating that your organization is a Canadian small or medium organization according to the following definition for this call for preliminary proposals: the consolidated revenue in your organization’s financial statements is equal to or less than $10 million (this limitation does not apply to educational  institutions) and your organization does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in development assistance (i.e. projects administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective (regardless of the funding source)).

If your organization is submitting a proposal on behalf of a group of organizations, each organization must be a Canadian SMO as per the definition above for this call and must provide the requisite Canadian Small or Medium Organization Attestation. You must scan the attestations together into one single document and submit it as part of the application package.

Here is a link to the call for preliminary proposals.

Looking for help in preparing your proposal?

 

Upcoming Webinar: (limited space - register today)
Inter-Council Network (ICN) | Réseau de coordination des conseils (RCC)

 

ICN National Bilingual (French / English) Webinar on Gender Equality to support Small and Medium-Sized Organizations with Interest in Applying to GAC’s Development Impact Window Preliminary Call for Proposals
Monday, 11 December 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)

Tools for preparing a proposal to Global Affairs Canada:

PowerPoint presentation from a recent Inter-Council Network  workshop:

Recorded webinar:

 
 

Public Engagement Catalyst Forum

The Inter-Council Network hosted an amazing group of public engagement practitioners from across Canada to share knowledge and build connections. Topics ranged from art in social change movements, to applying a feminist approach, to engaging Canadians in mobilizing around the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The ICN's wonderful collection of resources on public engagement can be found on the Global Hive.