Souther Speakers Symposium Fund 2017

Dear ACIC Members,

We are pleased to announce the annual call for proposals for the ACIC Member Southern Speakers Symposium Fund. This Fund provides opportunities for Southern partners to dialogue with Atlantic Canadians on issues and demonstrate impact of efforts in international cooperation. The Southern Speakers Symposium Fund will  support the participation of an international guest to the region to speak at ACIC’s annual symposium from June 15-17th, 2017 in Sackville, NB.

Please see the Guidelines here and Application Form here.

The theme of this year’s symposium “Common Concern: Standing Together as Global Citizens” will enable us to reflect on the seismic shift in recent times of the global political landscape - evidenced in 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, including here in Canada. Together we will explore what role Atlantic Canadians engaged in promoting social justice locally and globally can 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 sustainability.

In a world where civic space is also closing or shrinking in many developing countries, affecting partners with whom we work, we want to learn from and share with Southern partners. What approaches have they taken to respond to these pressures? What effect will the current climate have on their work going forward? How might Canadian civil society organizations respond? 

ACIC member applicants are encouraged to consider how the individual’s background and area of work pertain to the overall theme of the symposium. Please note, however, that there are many intersecting issues arising from the theme that we have chosen which will attract broad-based participation as well as a spectrum of contributing expertise.

Up to $3000 is available to help cover travel costs associated with having the Southern partner visit Atlantic Canada. Consideration will also be given to the value added to the ACIC member’s work or additional public engagement opportunities that may exist in conjunction with the speaker’s participation in the ACIC symposium.


  • Proposals must be submitted by an ACIC regular member (organizations and institutions, not individuals).
  • ACIC accepts funding proposals from members in good standing – payment of membership dues must be up to date.
  • Applicants must not have any outstanding final reports still to submit from previous (excluding current) ACIC-funded projects.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline extended: All proposals must be received by 4 pm (AST) March 30th, 2016. A selection committee will review all proposals after the deadline and results will be announced by early April 2017. Completed applications may be sent to .

Members Public Engagment Fund 2016-17

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

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.


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.