For a number of years, Development and Peace has been calling on the Canadian government to establish an independent ombudsman for the Canadian extractive sector that can investigate complaints brought by communities in countries of the Global South affected by the operations of Canadian companies.
Nepal is a quintessential tourist destination, considered the stuff of dreams thanks to its mountain peaks, enchanting landscapes, ancient cities, antique palaces and temples, venerable architecture, religions, food, and more. I would have liked to have visited this fascinating country with a lighter heart, but it was the two major earthquakes that hit the country last April and May that brought me there.
I was recently in Iraq for Development and Peace to participate in a meeting of various Caritas members that are supporting Iraqis who have been displaced by violence caused by the group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS).
We were in the Kurdish region of Iraq, where thousands of Iraqis have taken refuge in this relatively safe zone.
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.
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 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."
Josianne Gauthier, Director of In-Canada Programs at Development and Peace
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.
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.