United Nations Day 2016

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On UN Day 2014, we invited Calgarians to take part in the post 2015 development agenda dialogue. This year, we invite Calgarians to continue that conversation.

On Monday, October 24th, 2016, UNA-Canada Calgary Branch will be commemorating UN Day by hosting two events focused on raising awareness about the Global Goals. (more…)

19 Days- Local Film Makers Explore the Lives of Refugees in Calgary

Local Film Makers Explore the Lives of Refugees in Calgary

Asha and Roda Siad are Somali-Canadian documentary filmmakers based in Calgary. Their interests are in human rights issues, migration and using media as a tool for advocacy. Their last project, Living at the Border received an Amnesty International Canada Media Award for online journalism.

The sisters will be screening their National Film Board documentary 19 Days on June 20 2016 which also marks the UN World Refugee Day. The documentary explores the first 19 days of five refugee families from Syria, Burundi, and Sudan as they stay at the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre in Calgary.

One of the gifted filmmakers, Roda, took the time to answer questions we had regarding the inspiration for the film and the message they hoped they film would convey. (more…)

How to become Anti-Racist

Recently, I watched a video by Marlon James that was hosted by the Guardian titled “Are you Racist? No isn’t good enough.” I thought this video demonstrated a vital part of what anti-racism means.

Marlon is correct in saying most of us are non-racist. This is because we have no problem going on with our lives with a clear conscience, even though we know racism is around us. We see and hear about injustices and we shrug it off saying, “it’s not my problem” or “at least I’m not doing it” or “it’s not happening to me.” But this does nothing to help fight injustice in the world.  Most of the problems we currently have in this world continue to exist because we have turned a blind eye to them. (more…)

Apply today for UNA-Canada’s Internship Programme

The United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNA-Canada) International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP) provides successful applicants, known as Junior Professional Consultants (JPCs), with invaluable, demanding, deeply meaningful work experience, as well as a proven bridge to employment. The Programme also provides professional development training & support including: job readiness, professional resume preparation; access to our exclusive mentorship programme  before, during and after their deployments. UNA-CanadaIDDIP Program

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Volunteer Opportunity Fund Development

UNAC-Calgary is seeking a new Director, Fund Development to provide a leadership role in raising a source of independent funds for the association. The Director, Fund Development will develop an annual fundraising strategy, organize a minimum of one fundraising event per year and will also lead UNAC-Calgary’s AGLC Casino fundraising event while working closely with other Board members to provide support with other projects and events as required.

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Submit to Zine

We are putting together a zine and are looking for contributions!

Please submit art, poetry, articles– or a combination of all on any of the topics of human rights, the environment, or the work of the United Nations for a chance to have it published in our zine!

Submissions should be scaled to 8.5×5.5 inches (half a letter size paper), and preferably print well in grey scale.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 18th. Zine will be available for distribution at our AGM in Spring (date to be determined).

To submit a piece, or if you have a question, please email Rosalinda at [email protected].

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We Were Refugees

Blurred cityscape on a rainy evening

I came to Canada as a refugee in 1991 when I was 4 years old, having left Iran when I was a year old because of threats to my father’s life.

When he was 25 years old, a neighbour reported on my father for distributing anti-government propaganda. He was arrested in the middle of the night and dragged out of his home blindfolded while his mother and father wept. (more…)



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