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 .