Eyes Abroad 2011

Eyes Abroad - stories from the field

  • Building futures with education in the Philippines

    Ambassador Thornley greets Bajau youth

    2011-12-28 - Canada is helping indigenous Bajaus settle in a new community by providing food and school supplies for children and livelihood skills for women. [Philippines, December 2011]

  • Canada participates in the Algiers International Comic Strip Festival

    A group of children at an artistic exhibit

    2011-12-19 - Comic book artists and cartoonists flocked to Algiers from thirty-seven different countries around the world – including Canada. With a program of exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops, and film screenings, it was a very busy four days. [Algiers, December 2011]

  • Learning together at the Maple Arch military exercises in Poland

    Soldiers at attention

    2011-12-15 - Standing side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder, a group of two hundred soldiers undertook special training known as the Maple Arch exercises, so they can learn to cooperate effectively in the field. [Poland, December 2011]

  • Engaging Youth in Ghanaian Democracy

    Mr. Kofi Akpaloo at the forum on the role of youth in elections

    2011-12-12 - In preparation for the upcoming 2012 elections in Ghana, the High Commission of Canada, in partnership with the Institute of Professional Studies-Students’ Representative Council, organized a forum on the role of youth in elections at the Institute of Professional Studies in East Legon. [Ghana, December 2011]

  • Promoting accountability in Trinidad and Tobago

    Anti-Corruption conference

    2011-12-08 - Corrupt procurement practices have contributed to bringing down two Trinbagonian governments in recent years, so Canadian experts have been eager to assist by sharing best practices and discussing the diverse global views of Anti-Corruption Commissions. [Trinidad and Tobago, December 2011]

  • Canadian Dancers MOVE at the 13th Annual Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance

    The dancers of MOVE

    2011-11-22 - The Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance is Thailand’s largest annual performing arts celebration, and a worldwide attraction for dance and music lovers of all stripes. This year, the festival featured the dancers of MOVE, a Vancouver-based contemporary dance company. [Thailand, November 2011]

  • Culture on Cloth: Inuit Tapestries in Trinidad and Tobago

    Culture on Cloth: Inuit Tapestries in Trinidad and Tobago

    2011-11-18 - The arctic lands of Canada’s North may seem to be a long way from Port of Spain, but art can connect cultures and communities all over the world. Culture on Cloth is a travelling exhibition of tapestry art produced by Inuit women from Nunavut that concluded its Latin American tour with a visit to Port of Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Ongoing friendship: 20th Anniversary of the re-establishment of Canada-Lithuania diplomatic relations

    Ongoing friendship: 20th Anniversary of the re-establishment of Canada-Lithuania diplomatic relations

    2011-10-26 - In 1990, the year before the break-up of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare independence. More than two decades later, we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the re-establishment of Canada-Lithuania diplomatic relations.

  • Connecting Communities and Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Chile

    10th Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

    2011-10-25 - Through the establishment of a computer club in the low income community called La Granja, this project helps vulnerable children to become functional digital citizens, improving their ability to access employment and academic opportunities.

  • A taste of Canada at the Monterrey International Film Festival

    A taste of Canada at the Monterrey International Film Festival

    2011-10-20 - The MIFF is the most important film festival in Northern Mexico and one of the country’s most important cultural events. Each year the festival invites a guest country with an important cinematographic tradition – and this year, that country was Canada.

  • Unique Perspectives and Difference Makers: Discussions of disability in Australia

    Discussions of disability in Australia

    2011-10-14 - Three high profile Canadians, including Man in Motion Rick Hansen, visited Australia to participate in continuing dialogue on the challenges, achievements and research into disability and accessibility – and to connect with communities in the arts and sciences.

  • Building community participation in the prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis

    Building community participation in the prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis

    2011-10-11 - Four years ago, Irene Nyambura’s husband contracted Tuberculosis. Today, Irene is a community health worker in the low income settlement area of Kawangware who works tirelessly to break down the stigma and teach the community about how to prevent and treat TB.

  • Celebrating Children’s Musical Achievements in Greece

    Celebrating Children’s Musical Achievements in Greece

    2011-09-30 - Putting a creative spin on the classic German story of the Pied Piper, The Magic Recorder is the product of a successful partnership between Canada and Greece, during which children’s choirs came together to perform in an innovative cross-cultural project.

  • Comic meets iconic

    Just For Laughs

    2011-09-28 - Starting from humble roots in Montreal, Just for Laughs at the Sydney Opera House attracted 16,000 comedy fans. [Australia, September 2011]

  • Maple leaves abound at University of Wollongong’s All Canada Day

    Maple leaves abound at University of Wollongong’s All Canada Day

    2011-09-26 - It was a great delight when the red maple leaf popped up all over campus for the celebration of All Canada Day, in which the university highlighted Canadian film, literature, and seminars on exchange to Canada and Canadian research funding.

  • Building Green Roofs in Chandigarh

    Building Green Roofs in Chandigarh

    2011-09-20 - An innovation that has grown popular in residential and business buildings alike, green roofs are a creative approach to reducing heating and cooling costs, in addition to increasing the amount of growing space available for vegetation. [India, September 2011]

  • Sharing Canadian Literature in Sweden

    Sharing Canadian Literature in Sweden

    2011-09-12 - The translation of works of literature into different languages is one of many ways we can share knowledge and creativity across borders and promote cross-cultural understanding. The Canadian Embassy in Stockholm recently had the pleasure of hosting two different Canadian authors on their visits to Sweden.

  • Continuing the Legacy of Terry Fox in Bangkok

    Continuing the Legacy of Terry Fox in Bangkok

    2011-09-07 - After fifty years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Canada, the two countries continue to work together to enact positive social change; this time around, Thailand and Canada banded together again in the fight against cancer.

  • Tapping into the Trinbagonian diaspora

    Tapping into the Trinbagonian diaspora

    2011-08-31 - When it comes to ties between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, there is certainly a lot to celebrate. The High Commission of Canada in Port-of-Spain hosted a celebration in which they tapped into the Trinbagonian diaspora – and brought world-class entertainment home to Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Bringing hope to displaced youth in Somalia

    2011-08-30 - It’s been more than five years since 16 year old Deka fled Mogadishu. The Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development started a vocational skills training project to directly benefit displaced girls and equip them with skills that would enable them generate income and sustain their needs.

  • Slapshots and Canadian karaoke: Bangkok celebrates Canada’s francophone culture

    Slapshots and Canadian karaoke: Bangkok celebrates Canada’s francophone culture

    2011-08-29 - Large groups of students travelled to Bangkok for La Journée internationale de la francophonie, and were eager to take part in the various activities offered, as well as a petanque tournament and a karaoke contest.

  • A celebration of Canadian music in Tasmania

    A celebration of Canadian music in Tasmania

    2011-08-24 - When it comes to making music, Canada and Australia sing in perfect harmony. Tasmania’s celebrated festival, Ten Days on the Island, once again highlighted island life with a lively menu of Canadian artists and performers mainly from Canada’s east coast.

  • Unfurling the flag in Tunisia

    2011-08-09 - Hoisting the Canadian flag for the first time in front of the new chancery was a proud event for Canadians and Tunisians alike, as the ceremony highlighted the significance of the new chancery’s opening recently following the Jasmine Revolution of January 2011.

  • Canada serves up culinary delights in Costa Rica

    2011-08-08 - To mark the arrival of Canadian beef to Costa Rican markets, Canadian Ambassador Cameron MacKay hosted a culinary celebration at the official residence in San José, featuring the renowned Chef Edgar Alvarez.

  • Grandmothers and Canadian Diversity

    2011-08-04 - Grandmother, baba, nona, yiayia, babcia: how would you describe your grandmother to the world? The Canadian Embassy in Stockholm hosted a photo exhibition entitled Legacies, highlighting Canadian women and diversity.

  • Canada helps preserve a Pacific treasure

    Canada helps preserve a Pacific treasure

    2011-08-02 - Canada continues to support the development and preservation of natural and cultural assets in Batanes, a unique province in the Philippines.

  • Canadian Embassy Employees Volunteer for Island Clean-up in Budapest

    A team from different sections of the embassy is cleans the sandbox of the playground

    2011-07-28 - The Ambassador and staff of the Canadian Embassy in Budapest spent a day volunteering in the community park of Margit Island.

  • Art makes an impact in Manila’s depressed communities

    Art makes an impact in Manila’s depressed communities

    2011-07-28 - It is not easy to be outdoors in Manila as this is the peak of the Philippines’ dry summer season. But the searing heat did not deter more than sixty Canadian and local staff of the Embassy in Manila, led by Ambassador Christopher Thornley, when they recently volunteered their time to paint houses at a social housing project

  • Born to be Wild: Canadian primatologist and conservationist Biruté Galdikas is honoured in Lithuania

    Born to be Wild: Canadian primatologist and conservationist Biruté Galdikas is honoured in Lithuania

    2011-07-28 - World renowned primatologist and conservationist, Canada's own Dr. Biruté Galdikas, visited Lithuania in early May, where she received a State Honour at the Presidential Palace and spearheaded an initiative to rejuvenate Lithuania's oak forests.

  • A Network of Canadians Working in International Organizations

    A Network of Canadians Working in International Organizations

    2011-07-28 - Ambassador Lambert and his wife highlighted the accomplishments of the hundreds of Canadians working in the International courts and tribunals as well as the OPCW, NATO’s NC3A and other organisations present in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice.

  • Canada honours pioneers of the sciences in Israel

    Canada honours pioneers of the sciences in Israel

    2011-07-28 - The Canadian Ambassador to Israel co-hosted a reception to recognize Israeli recipients of this year’s prestigious Canada Gairdner International Awards, which support the world’s leading biomedical scientists.

  • Women making waves through constitutional activism

    Women making waves through constitutional activism

    2011-07-28 - The Foundation for Human Rights hosted a screening of Consitute!, a documentary celebrating the diverse history of women’s activism in constitution-making.

  • Training UN Police Officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Training UN Police Officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    2011-07-28 - After a November exploratory visit facilitated by the Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre returned to give a training session on sexual violence to UN police officers.

  • Sharing Procurement Knowledge Across Countries and Sectors

    Sharing Procurement Knowledge Across Countries and Sectors

    2011-07-28 - Sharing knowledge with management in the public and private sectors of Trinidad and Tobago, Canada co-hosted a successful procurement practices learning event.

  • Canadian Companies Apply High Social Standards in Chile

    Canadian Companies Apply High Social Standards in Chile

    2011-05-06 - Chile-Canada Chamber of Commerce launched its second glowing report on the Corporate Social Responsibility practices of Canadian companies operating in Chile.

  • Transformational Canadian Lauded for Work in Ghana

    Transformational Canadian Lauded for Work in Ghana

    2011-03-03 - Kathy Knowles has been recognized for her work building libraries and promoting literacy in Ghana and around Africa. [Ghana, February 2011]

  • Canadian Music Makes Noise in Australia

    Canadian Music Makes Noise in Australia

    2011-02-21 - The Consulate General of Canada in Sydney has initiated a program focused on introducing emerging Canadian talent to the vibrant Australian music festival market, and to the opportunities for touring “down under”. [Australia, February 2011]

  • “Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration” exhibition unveiled at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo

    “Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration” exhibition unveiled at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo

    2011-02-17 - The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo held an opening ceremony of the exhibition “Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration” highlighting the little-known connection between Inuit and Japanese printmaking [Japan, February 2011]

  • Indigenous Peoples learn to put their business plans into action

    Indigenous Peoples learn to put their business plans into action

    2011-02-09 - The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines and the University of Manitoba-Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship teamed up to launch Philippine BizCamp to help Philippine Indigenous Peoples build on their business interests and create sustainable economic plans. [Philippines , February 2011]

  • Creating a new generation of Chilean leaders through Canadian education and research

    Creating a new generation of Chilean leaders through Canadian education and research

    2011-02-01 - This year, over 100 Chileans received grants and scholarships to study or conduct research in Canada. The Embassy of Canada in Chile organized a ceremony to celebrate these bilateral education links. [Chile, December 2010]