Welcome to Initiatives of Change Canada's 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). This page was used to share a live broadcast of the Annual General Meeting weekend from June 3 - 5, 2016. On this page you will also find links to view AGM-related documents and powerpoints.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the annual Peace Awards honors Africa and Diaspora Peace Heroes who have demonstrated a profound commitment to serve the community and promote peace in our society. This year’s honorees are Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, of the Interfaith Mediation Center, Kaduna, Nigeria.
Finally, the unwritten law of silence has been broken; our women and daughters will not go through what our mothers and grandmothers endured. Too many of us, indigenous and Quebecois women, are still missing (2000 in 30 years). This circle of pain is becoming a circle of truth.
A February 14 presentation by Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Coordinator of Programs in Alberta to a North Sudanese community group, led to a full day trust-building workshop on February 25 to another group working with immigrant seniors.
This community is where it is today because of your unwavering support and mentorship. IofC assisted us in various ways. Thus I do believe that IofC was and still is the core partner of our community.” South Sudanese community organizer Gatluak Bichoik expressed his appreciation for IofC’s ongoing role in helping his people integrate successfully into Canadian society.
The Board is giving advance notice of a national consultation weekend on IofC Canada moving forward. The consultation will incorporate the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Dates are Friday June 3 (evening) to Sunday June 5 (noon).
The colour film depicts the 1960 world journey undertaken by 88 year old Chief Walking Buffalo of the Stoney Nakoda Nation, of Alberta, Canada and Chief David Crowchild of the Tsuut’ina Nation who, with their families, travelled to meet the indigenous peoples of Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Uganda.
Nearly every year since 1946, over 1300 participants from all over the world gather in Caux, Switzerland, attending one of the Initiatives of Change (IofC) international conferences held during the summer. A unique characteristic of these conferences is the community life. Participants are invited to join communities of between 12 and 20 people where general topics are discussed in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
The Compass program developed by IofC’s Calgary team ten years ago to give young people some direction to their lives continues to bear fruit, as one of its recent graduates, Nyabuoy Gatbel , a 22-year old South Sudanese writer and model, teamed up with IofC to launch her first book of poetry, The Fire Within. Approximately 40 people attended the event held at the Parkdale United Church.