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A Festive 2015 Orientation Assembly!

July 14, 2015
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, communications officer

Development and Peace organized its last Orientation Assembly in Otterburne, Manitoba, from June 11 to 14. In total, nearly 200 people, including delegates from every province in the country, partners from the North and South, young people, members of the National Council, employees, and volunteers gathered to reflect upon and discuss the organization’s broad guidelines for the years to come.

Alula’s Coffee Shop

July 13, 2015
by 
Luke Stocking, central Ontario Animator
Kallamino's

Alula’s husband took all her money and left her alone with two small children to raise. She lives in the city of Me’Kele in the region of Tigray. She speaks to us through an interpreter in her native Tigrinya. "I was depressed with no hope. I went to the government for help and they sent me to the Daughters of Charity."

Inspiration from Montreal to Rome

July 13, 2015
by 
Josianne Gauthier, Director of In-Canada Programs at Development and Peace
(C) CIDSE

I have just come back from the gathering organized jointly by CIDSE, a coalition of Catholic agencies, to which Development and Peace belongs, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in Rome, to celebrate the launch of the new Encyclical “Laudato Si” (Be Praised) and to share our first impressions, emotions, and plans to ensure the greatest possible dissemination and implementation of this document, which many have described as revolutionary.

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Before and After Guidissa

July 9, 2015
by 
Luke Stocking, central Ontario Animator
Guidissa Women's Self-Help Group

Several members of Development and Peace are currently on a solidarity tour of Ethiopia to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few days, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

Arrives Late and Leaves Early

July 3, 2015
by 
Luke Stocking, Central Ontario Animator
St. Mary Cathedral, Addis Ababa

Several members of Development and Peace are currently on a solidarity tour of Ethiopia to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few days, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

“I don’t know if you realize how lucky you are….”

July 3, 2015
by 
Luke Stocking, central Ontario Animator
Plane says we are about to land...

Several members of Development and Peace are currently on a solidarity tour of Ethiopia to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few days, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.
Here is their first message!

Iraqi-Canadians reach out to displaced brothers and sisters in the Middle East

June 23, 2015
by 
Katrina Laquian, Regional Animator for British Columbia and the Yukon

On May 9th, I entered into the beautifully decorated church hall of All Saints Parish in Coquitlam, B.C., where a sold out benefit dinner gathering over 200 Iraqi-Canadians and Catholics from across Vancouver was about to take place.  Since the fall, a dedicated group of local Iraqis along with the Knights of Columbus worked diligently to organize this event aimed at bringing awareness about the crisis in Iraq that has displaced 2.5 million Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities this past year, and raising funds for aid. 

A step towards reconciliation

June 11, 2015
by 
Julie Lapalme, research and advocacy officer
On June 2, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report before an audience filled with expectation and emotion. After having collected 7,000 testimonies over a period of six years from victims and persons in charge of Indian Residential Schools, the Commission concluded that these institutions were the key element in a policy of “cultural genocide” directed against the First Nations of Canada and designed to eliminate any form of distinct Aboriginal legal, social, cultural or religious entity. Upon closing their work, the commissioners stated that only an important reengagement on the part of the State, combined with a broad public dialogue, can open up a way toward genuine reconciliation and equal opportunities for Aboriginal populations. A list of 94 recommendations was drawn up to guide the process.
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Walking for Truth and Reconciliation

June 9, 2015
by 
Genevieve Gallant, Regional Animator for Eastern Ontario
On Sunday, May 31st, I walked for reconciliation. Alongside people from British Colombia to Halifax, young and old, with new Canadians and our First Nations, and also with many from our Canadian churches, we gathered thousands upon thousands to mark the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
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Romero, a model of how to work with the poor

May 29, 2015
by 
Myriam Antaki, webmestre
During my short visit to El Salvador for the beatification of Oscar Romero, one of the things that left the deepest impression on me was meeting people who had known Romero personally, or whose work had been affected by him. Unsurprisingly, several of these people work for Caritas El Salvador.
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