Americas Policy Group
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’s mandate is to provide a space for collective reflection and the articulation of co-ordinated policy positions, as well as dialogue, and advocacy with the Canadian government, other governments, and other decision-making bodies. In fulfilling this mandate, the APG works to:
• Monitor, share and document member and partner experience and analysis on development and human rights
issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Enhance the capacity of members to undertake policy work concerning the Americas.
• Participate collectively in relevant international networks.
• Ensure dialogue and action on Americas policy issues at CCIC.
The APG and its member organizations have a history of active collaboration with Central and South American civil society organizations. Many of our members participate in regular missions to the region, others have permanent field staff, and all have regular contact with local policy analysts and human rights activists.
The APG Steering Committee helps guide the political and strategic orientation of the Americas Policy Group (APG) and supports the Regional Working Group Officer with ideas and feedback between meetings. The Steering Committee is composed of two co-chairs, a treasurer and a member at large. The co-chairs are responsible for chairing APG’s bi-annual meetings and ensuring that they run effectively and efficiently. They also sign off on official APG letters. Steering Committee members commit to a two-year term.
In the coming year, the APG will continue to bring a human rights lens to major areas of Canadian foreign policy towards the Americas such as trade, democratic governance, and security. The main activities of the APG are:
1. Coordination and communications
2. Advocacy and mobilization
3. Research and analysis
4. Learning Events
The APG is financially supported by its member organizations, CCIC, and the Canadian Partnership Program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Policy and Membership Guidelines
APG Members 2017-2018
Amnesty International Canada
Avocats Sans Frontières Canada (ASFC)
Breaking the Silence Maritimes Guatemala Solidarity Network (BTS)
Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ)
Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA)
Canadian Labour Congress – CLC
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP)
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Centre for Research of Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)
CoDevelopment Canada Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL)
Développement et paix / Development and Peace
Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Peace Bridages International
Presbyterian World Service & Development
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) / Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada (AFPC)
Steelworkers Humanity Fund
United Church of Canada
Americas Policy Group Publications
The Americas Policy Group (APG) held its general meeting on October 1 & 2, 2018 at the offices of Development...
A high level delegation of 3 Colombian social leaders will be in Canada from October 25 to November 9, 2018. These leaders...
Particularly, as eyes focus on the thousands of people now on the move to escape desperate circumstances in Honduras, the APG underscores in the letter the right to asylum for those in need of international protection and call for guarantees that no one is illegally returned to situations where they could risk serious harm due to violence.
Open Letter to Minister Freeland – Concerning political prisoners being held in maximum-security prison in Honduras
The Americas Policy Group (APG), a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International
Co-operation, wishes to express its concerns regarding the ongoing acute human rights crisis in Honduras
and the incarceration of political prisoners, amid a pattern identified by the UN Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights “of intimidation and reprisals targeting human rights defenders and
members or sympathizers of the opposition parties in the aftermath of electoral protests”. 1 Those protests
followed the November 26th presidential elections, marred by irregularities and allegations of fraud.
On February 7th, 2018, Global Affairs Canada convened a consultation session with the Americas Policy Group (APG), a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), in preparation for the second Canada-Mexico Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights.
The Americas Policy Group (APG) welcomes the resolution adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS) to increase the annual budget of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
The APG is concerned by the recurring financial problems faced by the Inter-American Human Rights System (“IAHRS” or “the System”), which is of vital importance to the quest for justice, safeguarding of human rights and the fight against impunity across the region, in particular for women, Indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups.
On December 1, the APG, in collaboration with KAIROS, organized a breakfast on Parliament Hill with guest speaker Isabel Caicedo Polanco from the Organización Feminina Popular (OFP). 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.