Manitoba Launches International Development Week

Posted February 6th 2017

International Development Week is a national event that celebrates how Canadians are taking on global challenges, both at home and around the world. It’s a chance to inspire one another as we continue to work toward a more sustainable world for everyone,

This year’s theme, Leave No One Behind: Canada Contributes to Global Goals, recognizes our collective efforts and obligations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals identified in the United Nations Agenda 2030.

Join MCIC as we celebrate Manitobans Working Together for the Global Goals and check out the following events taking place this week.

Monday, February 6

Manitoba Launches International Development Week Manitoba Legislative Building 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Take a walk through The Rotunda at the Manitoba Legislative Building and see the Global Goals in action with a gallery of Manitoba-powered projects making a difference at home and around the world.

Premier Brian Pallister will open the festivities with a short speech at noon, followed by the launch of our new International Development Week video and some highlights from international development agencies in Manitoba. Enjoy some fair trade coffee or tea and grab a bite to eat as you chat with international development advocates about their work overseas.

Reserve your spot here

Wednesday, February 8

Menno Simons Social Justice Fair University of Winnipeg - Riddell Hall 515 Portage Avenue 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Menno Simons College’s 11th Annual Social Justice Fair will bring together over 40 organizations from around Winnipeg to discuss social justice issues. This event is a great way to see what local organizations are doing, to speak with booth exhibitors about volunteer opportunities, and to get ideas for future career opportunities.

Learn more here

Resilience and Contagion: Invoking Rights in African HIV Advocacy University of Winnipeg - ROOM 4C60 515 Portage Avenue 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

As part of its speakers series, the Department of Political Science at UWinnipeg is pleased to present a talk by Dr. Kristi Kenyon.

Why have civil society organizations conducting advocacy on HIV chosen to use the language of rights? This decision marks a change from dominant trends in health advocacy and is a surprising choice in the African context where rights language is frequently dismissed as foreign.

Drawing on 145 semi-structured interviews, Dr. Kenyon conducted a comparative case study of nine civil society organizations working on HIV in four countries (South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Uganda). She presents an explanation based on belief, leadership facilitated by organizational structure, and individual impact.

Learn more here

Thursday, February 9

The Global Goals: A Pop Up Gallery Manitoba Hydro Place 360 Portage Avenue 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

See how Manitoba-powered projects are making a difference around the world and contributing to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Enjoy some fair trade coffee, tea and dessert as you chat with international development advocates about their work overseas. Plus, snap and share a photo of your favourite Global Goal for a chance to win free fair trade coffee, tea or chocolate for a year!

Friday, February 10

Abstract: The Art of Design Premiere on Netflix

Check out this new documentary that features MCIC member organization, Make Music Matter and their Healing in Harmony music therapy program at Panzi.

**Watch the trailer here **

Saturday, February 11

Ethical Clothing Market Canadian Mennonite University 600 Shaftesbury Boulevard 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The peace and sustainability committee at Canadian Mennonite University is hosting an Ethical Clothing Market to wrap up their week of solidarity activities focused on the clothing industry.

Learn more here