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September 15th, 2014

ACTION ALERT: Email your MP about the Conflict Minerals Act

As Parliament resumes today, it is important important more than ever to email your MP to support Paul Dewar’s Conflict Minerals Act. Members of Parliament are due to vote on the bill in the coming days, and your vocal support is key.

Visit the Conflict Minerals Act page of the STAND Canada website about emailing your MP, including:

  • How to find your MP
  • Who else to contact
  • What to say in your emails.

Don’t forget to also sign our Conflict Minerals Act petition too!

This Wednesday, September 24 marks a national day of action in support of Bill C-486. Help us turn off conflict by joining Canadians across the country by shutting down your cell phone for 486 minutes between 6:00p.m. and 2:06 a.m. (local time).

This act will help stand in solidarity with the survivors and bring awareness to those killed in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has been fueled and funded by the illegal trade of conflict minerals. Check out the event on Facebook.

Scott Fenwick
Executive Director, STAND Canada

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September 2nd, 2014

Campaign Launch! Support the Conflict Minerals Act

STAND Canada is proud to support the Conflict Minerals Act, also known as Bill C-486. The bill, introduced March 26th, 2013, would require Canadian companies to exercise internationally recognized due diligence standards to keep mined minerals from fueling conflict and funding groups engaged in human rights abuses.

The Conflict Minerals Act is is set to go to a Second Reading vote scheduled for September 24th, 2014.  STAND Canada is launching a campaign to mobilize Canadian citizens to encourage our Members of Parliament to vote in favour advancing this bill to the committee stage.

The first step to taking part of this campaign is to sign STAND Canada’s petition, which has been launched based on our policy recommendation on Change.org. To spread the word on our petition you can:

  • Use your social media accounts to promote the petition;
  • Send emails to students, colleagues, friends and family encouraging them to sign the petition; and
  • Reach out to similar organizations and encourage them to join our campaign.

More information about this STAND campaign can be found on the Conflict Minerals Act section of the website, as well as the blog over days and weeks ahead.

Extracting, processing, purchasing, and trading minerals in Africa’s Great Lakes Region has perpetuated a conflict that has claimed the lives of over five million people. This critical piece of legislation enforces accountability and transparency for Canadian companies that directly or indirectly use conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold).

By supporting the bill, the Government of Canada would be initiating a plan of action that is international in scope, principled in its approach, and responsible in its intentions. And by joining our campaign, you would be working to raise awareness, push for change, and be involved in a movement that is truly international in spirit.

Scott Fenwick
Executive Director, STAND Canada

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October 15th, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Sudan Task Force Scrapped

Dear STAND members,

On Friday, October 11, The Globe and Mail revealed that the Government of Canada abolished a key body responsible for Canada’s operations in the Sudans: the Sudan Task Force (STF). It was responsible for co-ordinating Canada’s three-pronged strategy of aid, diplomacy and security in the region.

With the resurgence of violence in Darfur, the continued conflict in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile and demands within Abyei to hold a referendum this month, STAND Canada is seriously concerned about the recent abolishment of the STF. This could threaten the “whole of government approach” in Sudan and South Sudan at a time when the resuming violence has the potential to escalate, threatening the vulnerable civilian population.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has assured that the responsibilities of the STF would be absorbed by those officials operating at the regional level; however, when coupled with the questionable status of the Global Peace and Security Fund, there is growing concerns that the Government of Canada has begun to shift away from Sudan and South Sudan as target countries.

Please write to your Members of Parliament regarding Canada’s role in Sudan and South Sudan. Our elected officials cannot act without knowing that people care. Please find contact information for MPs and STAND Canada’s full position below this message.

Sincerely,

Scott Fenwick
Principal Director, STAND Canada

Contact Information for Members of Parliament

STAND Canada’s Position

To ensure that the Government of Canada has a strong presence in both Sudan and South Sudan, MPs must ensure that:

1. Canada continues to support Sudan and South Sudan during this post-conflict period with a whole of government approach, including aid, security and diplomatic support.

2. Funding to Sudan and South Sudan is not cut at this critical time. While funding has increased between the 2010/11 and 2011/12 fiscal years, assistance given to these two fragile states has been significantly cut from previous allocations made between 2005 and 2010. Therefore, we strongly urge the Government of Canada, through DFATD, to ensure that funding to Sudan and South Sudan will not decrease through a statement made to the public.

3. Funding for diplomatic initiatives needs to increase: not decrease or remain the same, in light of increasing violence in the border regions and the potential for a referendum on self-determination in Abyei to re-ignite conflict between Sudan and South Sudan.

It is critical that the Government of Canada continues having a strong presence in Sudan and South Sudan. To achieve this, MP must ensure that supporting Sudan and South Sudan remains a priority for the government.

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February 6th, 2013

Nation-wide Calling Campaign: TODAY

Today is our coordinated nation-wide advocacy campaign. Fellow STAND advocates are currently meeting face-to-face with our Members of Parliament in Ottawa to discuss in detail the need for Canadians to support the Sudans. Today is our opportunity as a nation to let them know that the need for continuing to fund projects in the Sudans is an important issue to their constituents. Find your local MP’s phone number here and vocalize your concern.

Not sure what to say? Check out our fact sheet here and choose the points that you feel most strongly about. Here is a sample script:

My name is _______ and I am calling from________ (region). I am calling because I strongly believe that Canada should continue funding its support to the Sudans.

Although Canada currently helps through aid and supporting the peace process, funding cuts are expected over the next month. Conflict is ongoing in the  three regions of South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. As a result, over two million people are currently displaced due to food insecurity and conflict.

As a Canadian, I care about the Sudans and strongly believe cutting funding and aid to these regions is simply unacceptable.

Exercise your democratic rights and tell your MPs that the Sudans matter to you. Together we are capable of making the impact the Sudans so direly require!

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February 1st, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Nation-Wide Calling Campaign – February 6th 2013

As mentioned in our New Year’s message, STAND Canada is participating in an advocacy campaign aimed at targeting our Members of Parliament to vocalize that continued action in Sudan and South Sudan is important to Canadian citizens. With widespread funding cuts anticipated towards international engagements over the next couple of months, we have a small window of opportunity to make a huge impact on Canada’s participation in the Sudans. The first step as concerned Canadians is to participate in our  Nation-Wide Calling Campaign to be held on Wednesday February 6th, 2013 at 10am- 5pm.

Here is the three step process:

  1. Read and get familiarized with our concise fact-sheet outlining the current crises in Sudan and South Sudan, alongside Canada’s current and past engagements. Have any questions? Contact Mieka Buckely-Pearson (STAND’s Operational Advocacy Director) at mbuckleypearson@standcanada.org.
    mbuckleypearson@standcanada.org.
  2.  Participate in a nation-wide calling campaign on February 6th. Call your Members of Parliament (both your academic institution’s and home town’s MPs) to remind them that their constituents want Canada to maintain its involvement and continue supporting the people in Sudan and South Sudan. Tell your friends to join in – our strength is defined by our numbers.
  3.  Remain persistent with the phone calls. If each of our members call their MPs 5 times, we can raise the awareness we need to make the Sudans a concern. If you are consistently led to a voice-mail system, call back in an hour – call as many times as necessary to ensure they receive the message and support our cause.

We need your help to ensure that Canada continues to consider Sudan and South Sudan priorities in our foreign policy. Join STAND members from across the nation on February 6th create a national impact. Check out our facebook event HERE. 

Mark your calendars & show Canada we care.

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