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Join CoDev in calling for an independent human rights Ombudsperson for Canada’s international extractive sector

Take action today to call on the Canadian government to ensure communities BTS #Ombudsperson - Franklin - Facebookaffected by Canadian oil, mineral and gas corporations have access to justice. Write your MP and the Minister of International Trade to let them know you want Canada to be a leader in protecting human and environmental rights by creating an independent human rights Ombudsperson.

For too long Canada’s extractive industry has not been held accountable for its actions overseas. Human rights violations by Canadian mining corporations are widespread and well-documented. Canada needs an independent human rights Ombudsperson with full investigatory powers and the ability to make recommendations for remedies.

Almost 10 years ago, industry and civil society leaders recommended creating an independent human rights Ombudsperson to address serious violations of human rights or environmental damage. The Canadian Network for Corporate Responsibility recently proposed draft legislation to create just such an office. During the 2015 election, most parties, including the Liberal party, committed to creating an independent ombudsperson’s office. Such an office is long overdue.

As it stands, the offices in Canada responsible for overseeing corporate social responsibility (the Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor and the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines) lack independence, investigatory powers, and are not mandated to make recommendations for remedies. Communities whose human rights have been violated by Canadian corporations operating in their territory deserve more. It’s time the Government of Canada to take action and make Canada Open for Justice.

Message from CoDev’s newest partner “Totlahtol Yoltok” in Veracruz, Mexico

In January 2017, a collective of Mexican indigenous educators in Veracruz began a new project supported by CoDev and the BC Teachers Federation, (more…)

  CoDev seeks a Program Director to join our staff for a one-year temporary contract.

codev-logo_colour_smallThe Program Director coordinates relations with Latin American and Canadian partners (mostly labour unions in Canada) primarily related to development and social justice projects carried out by our partners.  The program director is also responsible for developing and presenting educational materials regarding CoDevelopment Canada’s work. The Program Director is required to travel and work irregular hours.

The successful candidate would work closely with other CoDev staff in the daily operations of this Vancouver-based non-profit solidarity organization.

Click here for a detailed description of the posting and how to apply: CoDev Program Director Posting

Application deadline is midnight, Monday March 6 2017

Answering a Partner’s Call

Our partner MEC has been dealing with an extraordinary situation.
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New Video – Non Sexist & Inclusive Pedagogy

View our brand new video describing NSIP on You Tube!

Non-Sexist and Inclusive Pedagogy is a (more…)