International Development Week

International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

For 25 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it took place from February 1-7, 2015 and all Yukoners were invited to be part of the celebration. Throughout the week community members were encouraged to learn more about international development, become engaged, and share their experiences with friends, family, colleagues and community. The week’s events were supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD).

IDW 2015 Speaking Events

NCGC partnered with Yukon College for two speaking events during IDW 2015. Marco Oved, a journalist from Toronto and local Yukoner Ron Pond spoke at two separate lunch hour talks at Yukon College.  They both also provided a public evening presentation at l’Association franco-yukonnaise. Oved spoke about his investigative journalist work on mining, aid and public/private partnerships in three countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana and Peru and his editorial called: Mining and Aid, Uncomfortable Bedfellows was published in the Yukon News.  Yukoner Ron Pond spoke about his work as an ecumenical accompanist in Palestine.

Yukon Youth Delegates IDW Presentations and Report

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Two grade 6, home-schooled youth wrote letters to Yukon political representatives including the Yukon Premier, MP, and Mayor to remind them of the importance of International Development Week and the 2015 theme of “We Are Making a Difference”.  The pair were featured in the Whitehorse Star with their message of Let's Honour International Development Week.

The two students addressed the Mayor and City Council to request an official declaration of International Development Week 2015, and to fundraise for Free the Children.  

See the video of these very professional and brave students addressing a public audience or read their report.