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The Philippines: Community resistance to mining

August 25, 2015
by 
Geneviève Talbot, Research and Advocacy Officer

As part of the International People’s Conference on Mining, I had the chance to participate in a solidarity visit to the city of Mankayan in the Province of Benguet in the Philippines.

This visit, which was organized by the Cordilleria People Alliance (CPA) and Development and Peace partner the Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC), allowed me to meet some extraordinary people who are leading a pacific, yet determined resistance against the actions of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company.

The Philippines: People’s mining conference sheds light on mining abuses

August 5, 2015
by 
Geneviève Talbot, Research and Advocacy Officer

From July 30th to August 1st, the International People’s Conference on Mining (www.peoplesminingconf.net) took place in Quezon City, the Philippines. Development and Peace’s Filipino partner Center for Environmental Concern was part of the organizing committee of the conference.

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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