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Follow Canada's footprints around the world - from the building blocks of a 'peace school' in Mali to a Nunavut student cultural exchange in Peru with indigenous communities - we bring you stories from the field.

  • Women trained in Joya de los Sachas, Province of Orellana.

    Canada supported the leadership training of 100 women in rural Ecuador, to help give them the necessary knowledge to participate more actively in their communities’ political life and in the provincial democratic elections. [Ecuador, April 2014]

  • Defenders of human rights gather at the Canadian Embassy in Geneva

    On the eve of the sixth Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, Canada opened its doors to the world’s most courageous human rights defenders and gave them the chance to share their experiences and challenges. [Geneva, April 2014]

  • Canadian Janine Cocker greets Symposium participants

    Canada is helping to build awareness of innovative approaches to address the three largest causes of child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea. [Ghana, April 2014]

  • Canadian and Hungarian players are signing a hockey jersey designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canada-Hungary diplomatic relations.

    To celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Canada-Hungary diplomatic relations, the Canadian Embassy hosted a reception to honour the Canadian and Hungarian Under 18 National Women’s Hockey Teams. [Hungary April 2014]

  • Model satellites at the Canada in Space exhibition.

    SciFest Africa is an annual science festival that takes place in Grahamstown, South Africa. Canada participated in the festival for the first time this year, contributing an exhibition and a lecture. [South Africa, April 2014]

  • Judith Weiszmann and her schutz-pass [Photo Karl Gabor, Stockholm]

    Canada achieved many things during its Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Dr. Mario Silva presented these achievements at a seminar hosted in partnership with the Living History Forum. [Sweden, April 2014]

  • Ambassador Rishchynski and Ambassador Savadogo read to a UNIS class.

    Ambassador Rishchynski and Ambassador Savadogo visited the United Nations International School to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture around the world. [March 2014]

  • The Berlin International Film Festival allowed audiences from all over the world the opportunity to experience the vibrancy of the Canadian film industry, and for Canadians to celebrate the artistic achievements of their international peers. [March 2014]

  • National Flag of Canada Day marks the day in 1965 when the red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Nowadays it is celebrated around the world in countries with which Canada has a valuable relationship, such as Australia. [February 2014]

  • Canadian volunteers with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) helped train Ghanaian reporters to produce infographics that make data more compelling and accessible to their readers. [Ghana, March 2014]

  • The Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa organized a round-table discussion with non-governmental human rights advocacy organizations with a view to stimulating thinking and creating an open, productive dialogue concerning the development of human rights in the DRC. [March 2014]

  • Canada spent several months promoting the rights of girls in Mongolia, speaking out against violence and supporting projects related to the International Day of the Girl Child through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. [March 2014]

  • More than 90 percent of children younger than the age of five living on mainland Tanzania did not have birth certificates as of April 2012. Without a birth certificate, these children could be denied basic rights and protection. Canada shares the goal that every birth in the country is registered and each child is the proud holder of a birth certificate.

  • Canada celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations with Greece in a year-long series of events. Check out the gallery to see how we celebrated this anniversary. [February 2014]

  • Miss Madawa M., a recent graduate, talks about what she has learned.

    Education is the foundation for building economies in countries around the world. It is true in Canada, and it is a key driver for economic growth in developing countries such as Tanzania, where the demand for skilled labour remains unmet despite the large number of people seeking jobs. [February 2014]

  • Representative Wolfe and Representative Miller share a smile with Consul General Merchant.

    Iowa’s legislative leaders invited Canadian Consul General Jamshed Merchant and a delegation of legislators from the province of Saskatchewan to spend a day in Des Moines. [February 2014]

  • Ms. Elena Ahmed; Heather Cruden, High Commissioner; and Ms. Nishat Majumder

    Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Canada hosted an event focused on the accomplishments of Bangladeshi women and on Canada's global commitment to the human rights of women and children. [Bangladesh, February 2014]

  • Kimberly Bautista is greeted at the Embassy in Costa Rica.

    With this in mind, the Embassies to Costa Rica and Panama united to bring award-winning film director Kimberly Bautista to both countries to present her documentary Justice for my Sister. [Costa Rica and Panama, February 2014]

  • A display of Munro’s novels in Spanish and information on Canadian educational opportunities.

    Canada is actively supporting education in Peru through a series of projects that are strengthening vocational training, education sector management and bilingual and child education programmes. [Peru, January 2014]

  • Korle-Bu neurosurgeon Patrick Banka demonstrates the use of telesimulation.

    Using a series of webcams and computers, surgeons in Ghana will be trained in the surgical technique used to treat hydrocephalus, Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV), by expert neurosurgeons who will be teaching from Toronto Western Hospital in Ontario, Canada. [Ghana, February 2014]

  • Selected contents of the Learning Trunk Project.

    With Canada’s term as chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance drawing to a close, an event at the Galloway School in Atlanta celebrated a year’s worth of accomplishments in remembrance and research.

  • From left: Rasheda Browne, Imani Brathwaite and Kaleah Clarke, peruse the excerpts found in the exercise books.

    As they celebrate their island nation’s 47th year of Independence, students in Barbados are also learning about human rights, the rule of law and protection from discrimination through new school workbooks.

  • The cast meets children from the audience.

    El Ogrito, an adaptation of the play L’Ogrelet by Québécois author Suzanne Lebeau, supports children in their pursuit of a violence-free youth. [El Salvador, January 2014]

  • Nana Kobina Nketsia V, a traditional Ghanaian leader, receives a certificate upon completing the McGill Executive Course on Corporate Social Responsibility.

    The High Commission of Canada partnered with the CSR Foundation of Ghana to organize the first national public lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility. [Ghana, December 2013]

  • Original artifacts from the Canadian Arctic Expedition.

    Together with the University of North Dakota, Canada hosted a public symposium inviting the public to celebrate Canada’s legacy in Arctic exploration and environmental leadership. [North Dakota, January 2014]

  • A Quiruvilca community member.

    A DFATD supported project implemented by CARE (CARE Canada and CARE Peru) and Minera Barrick Misquichilca, a mining subsidiary of Barrick Gold, has changed the lives of a large number of small business owners, looking to acquire new technical capacities, as well as abilities to develop new market and supply chain opportunities. [Peru, January 2014]

  • Jamaican-Canadian dub poet D’Bi Young.

    With the support of the Embassy of Canada and the Pamberi Trust, D’Bi Young participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, culminating in a Human Rights Concert. [January 2014]

  • Jenny Munro receives the Nobel Prize in Literature from King Carl XVI Gustaf on her mother’s behalf.

    Alice Munro is the first Canadian woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her prize was celebrated around the world, and especially in Canada and in Stockholm, where, from Canada’s perspective, the 2013 Nobel week turned into a real Munro-mania![Sweden, January 2014]


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