Guest Post: Holly Janzen — There’s room for everyone

Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Assistant Professor in UFV’s Global Development Studies (GDS) program and fourth year GDS student Holly Janzen have both been selected by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) as delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) event this month. This year’s event is focused on gender-based … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Putting a Lens on Marginalization and Exclusion and Advocating for Youth Engagement in Global Development

My experiences as a member of the Punjabi community in British Columbia first led me to think about gender and racial inequalities and the need to challenge prejudice and discrimination.  Frequent travels to visit extended family in India also opened my eyes to the existence of suffering and inequity on a global scale. When I … Read more

Guest Post: Kayla McBee, the Moose Hide Campaign

Kayla McBee, a member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band, is completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. Working with Shirley Hardman as her advisor, Kayla chose to focus on the Moose Hide Campaign for her final major paper. In this excerpt from her paper, Kayla explores the origins … Read more

End the Stigma — Bell Let’s Talk Day, 2021

Robbyn Bennett

It’s okay, not to be okay. Every day is a good day to talk about mental health, and today we shine light on an important issue that more than 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with during their lifetime – our mental health. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, there are more than … Read more

Guest Post: Christine Slavik and Monique Goerzen, Child, Youth and Family Studies, UFV National Child Day

November 20th is National Child Day – November 20th is National Child Day when Canadians celebrate children. This date has been recognized in Canada since 1993 and commemorates the adoption of two documents on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1959), and the United Nations Convention on … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Awneet Sivia, Associate Professor, Teacher Education

International Literacy Day is commemorated on September 8th of each year and draws attention to the importance of literacy and its direct relationship to human rights. While every person has the right to learn to read and write, UNESCO reports 773 million adults and young people globally are still lacking basic literacy. A combination of … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Edward Akuffo and Dr. Cherie Enns

Edward Akuffo and Cherie Enns

Thinking about global humanitarian interests in the midst of a global pandemic — Today marks the 11th anniversary of the institutionalization of the World Humanitarian Day.  This day was formalized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 in memory of the August 19, 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, which … Read more