The Americas Policy Group (APG) is a Canadian civil society policy group focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas. It brings together approximately 40 international development and humanitarian NGOs, human rights groups, labour unions, research institutions, church and solidarity groups. The APG is financially supported by its member organizations, CCIC, and the Canadian Partnership Program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
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Breakfast on the Hill for Peace in Colombia December 1, 2016 | Ottawa
On December 1, the Americas Policy Group, in collaboration with KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, organized a breakfast on Parliament Hill with guest speaker Isabel Caicedo Polanco from the Organización Feminina Popular (OFP), an NGO that promotes women’s rights and works tirelessly for peace in Colombia. Members of Parliament who attended the meeting were touched by Isabel's testimony. This event was an important opportunity to raise parliamentarian’s awareness on the fragile peace process in this South American country and the importance of providing long-term support to grassroots local organizations. Also guest speaker MP Robert Nault, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, shared remarks on the Committee’s recent travels to the region and its recent report Supporting peace and development in Guatemala and Colombia for the long-term. This type of event also provides a space where APG members and Members of Parliament can build relationships and strengthen means of collaboration.
Parliamentary Strategy Workshop for members of the Americas Policy Group November 22, 2016 | Ottawa
On November 22, 37 members of CCIC’s Regional Working Groups gathered at the offices of WUSC in Ottawa to learn more on how to build successful relationships with Members of Parliament and advocate effectively for their issues. Both newcomers and experienced members expressed their satisfaction with the analysis of the current political context provided by Velma McColl, Managing Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group and by Shaughn McArthur, Advocacy and Government Relations Advisor at CARE Canada. They also appreciated the hands-on tips provided by political staffer Tom Allen, Assistant to MP Cheryl Hardcastle. And the highlight of the workshop was the candid discussion with special guest Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West — Nepean. The workshop ended with separate strategy sessions for each region: The Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific.
EngagedAmericas Policy Group Meeting in Ottawa October 3-4, 2016 | Ottawa
The Americas Policy Group (APG) held its bi-annual meeting on October 3 and 4, 2016 at the offices of CUPW in Ottawa, where 26 members from 23 organizations attended and enjoyed great presentations from partners in Colombia, Honduras and Mexico. In terms of highlights, participants noted that this was the first APG meeting held in three languages (English, French and Spanish), as well as participation in the Solidarity Rally for the Migrant Workers' Caravan. In addition, APG members had a first meeting with MP Karina Gould, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development and La Francophonie to discuss her trip to Guatemala and Honduras in July 2016. The APG-Mesoamerica and APG-Colombia subgroups also had their meetings. View pictures from the event here on CCIC’s Flickr.
APG monitors new peace accord in Colombia September 2016
The Americas Policy Group is watching closely the events in Colombia after the government and the FARC signed a peace agreement. This historic deal is generating hope among Colombians who dream of a better future. APG members have been working for decades to promote respect for human rights and union rights, and for the end of the conflict. Their ties with local organizations have allowed them to forge solid bonds with local populations. The next APG meeting, on October 3 and 4 in Ottawa, will happen right after the Colombian plebiscite, and it will be an opportunity to look at this important agreement and discuss the role of Canada. ¡Viva Colombia!
CCIC's Regional Working Groups are now on social media! September 2016
Building on a number of existing initiatives, the RWGs have a new communication outreach strategy, with the goal of improving communications amongst members to help them share and network, enhance publicity for their events and campaigns, get their issues on decision makers’ radars and improve their outreach to the public. The RWGs plan to do this through a new shareable calendar and social media engagement. The RWGs will now tweet and share through CCIC’s social media presence, using personalized hashtags for each region (#CCICAmericas, #CCCIAmériques, #CCICAfrica, #CCCIAfrique, #CCICAsiaPacific, #CCCIAsiePacifique).
CCIC and APG its members at The World Social Forum August 2016 | Montreal
With 35 000 participants from 120 countries, the 12th edition of the World Social Forum in Montreal offered, once again, a unique space for debates and discussions, in order to build a better world. Many CCIC members and members of CCIC's Regional Working Groups were actively involved and organized numerous workshops. For example, CUPE, USW and other unions coordinated activities on labour rights; Oxfam offered activities for and by the youth; Inter Pares held several workshops on equality and social justice; Mining Watch and Kairos held presentations by southern partners on the battle for accountability in the extractive sector and tax justice, among others. CCIC, in collaboration with Voices and CPDE, organized debates on the state of civil society around the world, and also co-organized a workshop on accountability around the SDGs, with AQOCI.
APG participates in the International Assistance Review consultations June 27, 2016 | Ottawa On June 27th, members of the APG participated in a dialogue with Global Affairs Canada. The objective of this meeting was to discuss Canadian priorities in the region and to make recommendations to the government for the purposes of the review of its international aid policy. Members of the APG made recommendations to the government to rethink its policies and its international aid programs in order to make them more innovative, efficient and relevant. Click here to see full recommendation by APG.
Whose rights are we protecting? Public forum on Trade, Investments and Human Rights June 7, 2016 | Ottawa
On June 7th, the three CCIC regional working groups organized a public forum on trade and investment agreements and their impact on human rights and the environment. Sanya Reid-Smith, legal advisor at Third World Network, Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and the lawyer Steven Shrybman all participated in the debate. The event, which took place in a room filled to capacity, helped to raise awareness about the negative impact of these agreements and to propose alternatives. The report Whose rights are we protecting? is available in both English and French. This forum was the culmination of the collective work of the Americas Policy Group, the Africa-Canada Forum and the Asia Pacific Working Group. The regional working groups are inviting the public to get involved by visiting this website: www.canadians.org/TPP.
Annual Meeting of the Americas Policy Group April 2016 | Montreal
The Americas Policy Group held its first annual meeting in Montreal on April 4 and 5th. The members present over teleconference or in person contributed to the quality of the programing with hot topics sessions on Colombia, Honduras and North American Leader’s Summit. Everyone effectively contributed to the APG strategic planning for this year, a crucial year in terms of policy recommendations for the new government.
Read the Hansard Record of the March 9, 2011 Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Hearing on Honduras
Honduras: Democracy Denied - Para la versión español de este documento entra aquí. (Spanish version)
The report takes a critical look at the coup in Honduras, key issues for democracy and human rights, and Canada’s role. Specifically, the report reviews Canadian diplomatic efforts during the crisis, as well as the role of Canadian investors and businesses operating in the country prior to and during the coup. The report also makes a number of recommendations to facilitate a return to a strengthened constitutional order, respecting the human rights and development needs of Honduran citizens. (April 2010) (PD 238 Kb) (Executive Summary, PDF 75 Kb)