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Hello and welcome to the Inter-Council Network’s (ICN) first e-bulletin!

We are very excited to be launching this bulletin and look forward to sharing more about our work and sector. As a coalition of the eight provincial and regional councils for international cooperation, representing over 350 diverse civil society organizations, we are committed to global social justice. Rooted in communities across Canada, we are leaders in public engagement and provide a national forum for the councils to collaborate on common priorities for collective action. In these pivotal times, it’s important we stay connected and share our efforts and learning, as we all continue to work towards building better and deeper engagement on global issues with our membership and Canadians from coast to coast to coast. 

The goal of this bulletin will be to regularly provide insight into the programming and initiatives of the ICN, whether it be #ICNEngage, policy and research, advocacy, youth engagement, this will be the place to find the latest information on ICN activities and opportunities to get involved. We will also profile the ICN programs: Spur Change and the Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT), alongside one (of many!) recent initiatives from each of our eight member-councils. We invite you to know more about them through their websites and communication channels. We look forward to continued collaboration and many more discussions, insights, and connections! 

The ICN Team 

Watch the Recording | Ethics in Public Engagement

On October 8, 2020, we held an ICNEngage webinar on ‘Ethics in Public Engagement.’ This webinar highlighted examples of good practice, and grassroots approaches to increase ethics in public engagement. The panel discussed ways to restore public trust in good governance and international development, and promote international solidarity as we move towards a just, COVID-19 recovery process. This webinar also addressed the negative consequences of unethical images and conduct on diverse communities in Canada and the Global South. Missed it? Watch the recording and read panel reflections here.

Panel Reflections | Changing Context for Public Engagement and Global Citizenship Education

Read reflections from the panelists of the ICNEngage webinar 'Changing Context for Public Engagement and Global Citizenship Education.' The webinar highlighted the ways in which the global pandemic has encouraged non-profit organizations in Canada’s international cooperation sector to adapt their public engagement and global citizenship education programs and activities to the online world. Watch the recording here.

Read Now | Revisioning our Society post-Covid19

This blog article by Tina Renier, former ICN Policy Officer, highlights the importance of reframing public engagement and the opportunity this pandemic has presented to do just that. "Reframing public engagement will help us to re-envision what our society should like after COVID-19. Intersectional feminist, youth-led, Southern and Indigenous approaches in public engagement can create an equitable, COVID-19 recovery process for Canada and the world." Read more.


Fund for Innovation and Transformation

Register for FIT's Introduction to Gender Equality and Testing Innovation micro-learning on November 10th at 10 am CST. This webinar provides a general introduction to gender equality and explains why it’s important to consider gender in your development work and testing approach. The learning is intended for all SMOs and any other organizations that may need an enhancing or a refresher (in some cases) on what gender equality means, and how to think through the business case for gender integration. The session will cover: key gender terms and definitions, the importance of incorporating gender equality into your development work more broadly, and the testing environment, and a FIT case study example to highlight best practices for gender integration. Register now.

Spur Change

Coming in late November -  Spur Change's new National Training on Results-Based Management. Spur Change is super excited to be working with the well-known MEAL and RBM experts at Baastel and the Monteal-based creative e-learning experts at Octo D, to design an engaging and innovative approach to teaching the basic and more advanced components of Results-Based Management. Using gamification and storytelling to facilitate learning, they will be offering a free two-level course tailored to SMOs' needs starting in late November. Expect to learn: why RMB matters, the key aspects of results chains, logic models/theory of change, how to build an effective results framework and M&E framework, how to take a Participatory Approach to RBM, how to integrate gender equality at each phase and much more. Registration opening soon.


Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC)

ACIC held its annual symposium on the theme 'Just Climate Action: Gender, Democracy, and Local Knowledge' on October 22-23 2020. The two-day symposium featured speakers and perspectives from around the world and discussed what a climate just world looks like, and how to get there. Dr. Ingrid Waldron presented the keynote address and discussed environmental racism as exemplified through the case of Nova Scotia, its impact on communities in the province and Atlantic Canada. The importance of ethical community consultations to ensure transparency, accountability and sustainability that leaves no one behind was highlighted. Watch recordings of the sessions here.

Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)

Join AQOCI to take part in Quebec Days of International SolidarityThe theme migration justice will be featured in dozens of events offered all over the province till November 14. The concept of 'migration justice' aims to offer a fair and united perspective, an analysis based on facts and solutions to current and future issues around migration, in particular forced displacement and the issues of injustice, vulnerabilities. and human rights. For the full range of engagement activities including workshops, conferences, lectures, exhibitions, quizzes featured in the month, visit 

Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)

Stay tuned for OCIC's new multimedia project Tapestry 2030. Envisioned as a podcast and illustration series, Tapestry 2030 will focus on the future of international cooperation and global solidarity, and the partnerships needed for gender transformative, sustainable development. Building on the award-winning photojournalism initiative Transformations, Tapestry 2030 is an opportunity for members to contribute stories anchored in the principles for Just Recovery, which include: putting people’s health and wellbeing first. No exceptions; strengthening the social safety net and provide relief directly to people; prioritizing the needs of workers and communities; building resilience to prevent future crises; building solidarity and equity across communities, generations, and borders; upholding Indigenous Rights and work in partnership with Indigenous peoples. Follow OCIC to learn more about the project.

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC)

Toilets save lives because human waste spreads killer diseases. Yet, 4.2 Billion people live without safely managed sanitation. Join MCIC to learn about how toilets are life-savers, dignity-protectors and opportunity-makers. In honour of World Toilet Day (November 19) and Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation they are screening a fun and educational documentary about Jack Sim, head of the World Toilet Organization. Be the Change: Register here! Also join them for another edition of Local Brews + Global Views — this time, for a conversation with Sean Burke of HOPE International Development Agency, an organization that works to improve the supply of basic human necessities for those most in need in the global south. Sean will share about HOPE's project in India, providing knowledge and skills for youth - especially girls - to survive and thrive in an urban setting. Register here!

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC)

Are you a student learning from home? Or a teacher or parent looking for online resources to educate your learners on International Development? Well, SCIC has you covered. Our Global Citizenship Online Resources have curated and created virtual educational resources all about the Sustainable Development Goals to help engage students. You can also request a free copy of the Global Citizenship Education Module using which educators can support the development of 21st-century citizens that internalize the values, master the skills, acquire the knowledge, and experience the sense of empowerment needed to tackle these challenges. Follow SCIC @saskcic to keep updated on our education content!

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC)

ACGC’s virtual conference, Unlearning and Relearning: International Development Beyond 2020, held September 23-25, provided an opportunity for Alberta-based international aid organizations and practitioners to examine the critical issues they are facing as organizations committed to social justice and ending inequality in all its forms. Specifically, the gathering provided an opportunity to take stock of the state of the sector in Alberta; share how organizations and partners have been affected, and are coping with rising challenges, and; transform the way international development is conceptualised and practiced. Recordings of the panels, including the keynote session by Angela Bruce-Raeburn on Race and Privilege in International Development, can be found here.

Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC)

In this blog, read the perspective of one of the NCGC Board Members on why being a global citizen is important. Stephanie Dixon, NCGC Board Treasurer, says, "...we all deserve to feel proud of who we are, what we look like and feel empowered by our bodies and minds rather than inhibited by them.I am a very proud member of the NCGC board and the work this organization does to encourage global citizenship in the North. I believe when we engage, connect and support each other to be global citizens, when we dream of a just and equitable world where all humans are seen, heard and valued and can thrive, that we will do better for each other and this beautiful world we are so fortunate to call home." Read the complete blog article here.

British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)

Read the newly launched BCCIC working paper, Transformative Action to Realize the 2030 Agenda Through Effective Coalitionspublished in partnership with Cooperation Canada, Action for Sustainable Development, and Forus International and based on a review of multi-stakeholder coalitions from around the world. This working paper provides a series of good practices and evidence-informed recommendations that can be used to strengthen the governance of coalitions and trigger accelerated, transformative action for sustainable development. You can visit the resource page of their website to download more publications, including Localizing the 2030 Agenda in British Columbiaa BC civil society response to the Government of Canada’s current interim national Sustainable Development Goals strategy, and Reading Between the Lines: Accelerated Implementation of Agenda 2030 which examines how interlinkages have been understood and utilized in different sectors and at varying scales across the country to work towards the SDGs.

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