International Development Week, Feb 2nd – 8th

Celebrate how Canadians are making a difference in the world!

From February 2nd-8th 2014, communities across Canada are hosting International Development Week (IDW) events that recognize Canadian achievements and stimulate dialogue about global issues. The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is supporting public events throughout British Columbia. Check out the events calendar to connect with an organization or event near you!

This year, BCCIC celebrated International Development Week by hosting a social justice theatre workshop for youth and presenting a Street Spirits Theatre Company performance inspired by the IDW theme ‘We Are Making A Difference’ but there are lots of other events too such as a photo contest running from January 31 to February 14, a webinar Inspiring New Ideas of Manhood, Peace Talks presentations, Human Rights Arts Expression Workshops, Kamloops Global Film Festival, Nelson International Film Symposium for Youth, Comox Valley Share the Love. Share the Wealth. Be a Global Valentine and more. Check out the examples from the list below:

IDW 2014 Photo Contest, January 31st – February 14th, 2014

Visit bccic.ca or Facebook.com/BCCIC and enter our ‘We Are Making a Difference Photo Contest’ to win great prizes! Follow the directions to upload your image of Canadians making a difference locally or globally and score the most votes for your picture to win. Members- this could be a great way to gain social media exposure for your organization! Contest open to all ages. Early bird prize February 5th! Don’t forget the hashtag #IDW2014!

Inter-Council Network IDW Webinar: Inspiring New Ideas of Manhood

Thursday, February 6th, 9:00am – 10:00am | Online

Violence by men and boys against women and children is one of the most serious human rights violations in the world. Research has demonstrated that amongst young boys, ideas of masculinity become the most compelling force for risk-taking behaviour, violence, unsafe sexual practices and misogyny. Register online here.

‘We Are Making a Difference’: An Interactive Theatre Workshop and Performance

On January 18th, BCCIC and Street Spirits Theatre Company hosted a forum theatre workshop for young globally-conscious British Columbians at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre. This group of inspirational young people prepared a performance piece with Street Spirits that was presented in an evening public event. Watch the video of their process; short inspirational interviews will be released during the week on our social media!

Vancouver: PeaceTalks #15: Peace, Human Rights, and the Mining Sector

Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm | The HiVE, 128 West Hastings, Vancouver

Join BCCIC and PeaceGeeks as we present a panel of representatives from industry, civil society, and academia for a facilitated dialogue on the role of the extractive industry in protecting international human rights. Register here.

Prince George: 27 Million Voices – Human Rights Arts Expression Workshops

February 6th, 4:00pm | Native Friendship Centre, 3rd Floor (Healing Centre), Prince George

27 Million Voices is looking for local youth to help bring our stories of human trafficking to life. Want to join or book a session with your youth group or class? Please contact Laurel Collins at lcollins@pgnfc.com or 250.564.4324.

Kamloops Global Film Festival

Thursday, February 6th – Saturday February 8th | Alumni Theatre, Thompson Rivers University

The Travelling World Community Film Festival comes to Kamloops for its second year, featuring 15 short and feature-length films. Click here for further information.

Nelson: International Development Symposium for Youth

Friday, February 7th | Prestige Lake Hotel, 701 Lakeside Drive

This full day symposium for high school-aged youth will increase awareness, build empathy, and identify opportunities for youth involvement around critical development issues. Cost $15. Contact George, Symposium Coordinator, at (250) 352-7600 or georgechandler07@gmail.com. Register online.

Comox Valley: Share the Love. Share the Wealth. Be a Global Valentine

Wednesday, February 12th, 11:00am – 1:30pm | Tyee Hall, North Island College, 2300 Ryan Road

Visit Share the Love, an educational mini marketplace of global and compassionately crafted goods.

Comox Valley: The Other: Sharing Stories, Connecting Cultures

Saturday, February 15th | Comox Recreation Centre, Multi-purpose room, 1855 Noel Ave

A Theatre for Living learning experience for youth ages 18-30, this free half-day symposium will be a group exploration of our relationship with “the other” through theatre activities. To register, contact Michelle, Symposium Coordinator, at comoxvalleyyouth@gmail.com.

Prince George, Grand Forks, Comox Valley: World Community Youth Film Festival Events

February 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 26th | Various locations For the third year, BCCIC is supporting these three World Community Film Festivals to provide supplementary youth components, such as workshops and school festivals, to their regular program. Contact Ed Carswell for more info.

 Kamloops: International Development Day 2014

Friday, February 21st | Salon A, Holiday Inn & Suites, 675 Tranquille Road

During this interactive, free workshop for youth ages 13-18, participants will learn about global issues and hear from inspiring speakers from across Canada. Co-hosted with Rotaract Club of Kamloops Fusion. To register, contact Leigh-Anne, Symposium Coordinator, at kganyouthsymposium@gmail.com and find us on Facebook.

International Development Week (IDW) is a national initiative led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Now in its 24th year, IDW celebrates Canadians who are making a difference in international development.

The ‘We Are Making a Difference’ campaign is officially underway. Visit bccic.ca to learn more about the week’s events, watch the video of the youth theatre workshop, take the  IDW quiz, and enter the photo contest to win great prizes! You can make a difference by engaging with BCCIC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and helping to spread the word.

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British Columbia Teachers for Peace and Global Education (PAGE BC) is one of 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. PSAs are channels for members to exchange ideas on research, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other shared interests. Peace & Global Educators teach for citizens of the world who demonstrate humanitarian concern & are cognizant of living in a socially responsible manner.

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