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. Read More


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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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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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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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. Read More


originally published in Mount Pleasant Community Association’s newsletter, The Pulse.

The Paris Climate Change Conference was held this year from November 30 to December 11.[1] The United Nation’s goal for the conference is to reach a new international binding agreement on climate change for the first time in 20 years.[2] A binding, universal agreement is an important step for the countries of the world to work together to reduce future climate change. In recent conferences our government has been non-committal, but both our provincial and federal governments have promised increased action on climate change. Read More


Back when I was in high school in 2008, I had come across an interesting poem. I was developing and growing my love for literature and poetry back then, so I was very intrigued by this poem. The poem was titled: “The White Man’s Burden.” It was a poem by the English poet Rudyard Kipling, who was a pro-Imperialist writer who had won many awards, including the Nobel Prize for writing. The poem was about how the United States should help the Philippines by serving their “need.” The speaker in the poem speaks of the white man’s burden, which is to send the best men abroad into exile to serve their captives. The “newly-caught” people who are wild, angry, and both devilish and childish.

The "White Man's Burden"

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A Calgary family wants to raise awareness of the crisis in Yemen after their Father, Dr. Abdulkader Al-Guneid, was kidnapped on August 5th.

It is easy to forget the situation in Yemen because it is a crisis 12,000 kilometers away from Calgary. But it has hit too close to home for Calgarian Nagwan Al-Guneid. Nagwan’s father, Dr. Abdulkader Al-Guneid, a prominent physician and a media voice of Taiz, the third largest city of Yemen, was abducted by eight Houthi armed militants. The militants looted the house and dragged out Al-Guneid barefoot in front of his wife. To this date, his whereabouts remain unknown.

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Join us on September 23rd for an evening of good food, good conversation, and good cause!

Tickets for this fundraiser are $15, and include 1 plate of chicken wings (1lb, assorted flavors) and 1 Domestic drink (highball or beer).

Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle prizes and the 50/50 draw go towards the United Nations Association in Canada, Calgary Branch’s UN70YYC Event.

Date: Wednesday, September 23rd
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Ceili’s on 8th: 803 8 Ave SW

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On August 19th 2003, the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq was bombed. This attack claimed the lives of 22 people and is considered one of the deadliest attacks ever directed at the UN. In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day in honor of the people who risk their lives providing humanitarian assistance worldwide.

The theme for World Humanitarian Day 2015 is ‘Inspiring The World’s Humanity’. The United Nations invites individuals around the world to join any humanitarian organization near them and promote the message of humanity by taking a social action and sharing it on social networks using the hashtag #ShareHumanity.

“In a world that is ever more digitally connected, each of us has the power and responsibility to inspire our fellow human beings to act to help others and create a more humane world.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Share your stories and become a Messenger of Humanity on August 19th!