Over the years, the NCRB has had the pleasure of working with a number of entities and individuals in our community – among them: teachers in schools at all levels, professors and universities, faith-based and church groups, service clubs, and non-governmental organizations as well occasionally parts of the government. Sometimes we have provided speakers for them or vice versa, other times we have advertised each other’s events, sometimes they have provided venues for our events, and occasionally we and they have jointly organized public activities.
Here are some of the entities with whom we have engaged.
• Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is a university-based research and teaching institution which promotes research training and support, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge and analysis with respect to human rights. The NCR-Branch as a long standing co-operative relationship with the Centre which brings together educators, researchers and students from various disciplines to approach issues regarding human rights from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective, both in order to respect such rights and to explore that which they require in a complex, interconnected world. The Centre privileges research, teaching and outreach partnerships, with academic units, governmental and civil society organizations.
• Soka Gakkai International, Ottawa Branch
Soka Gakkai (literally, “Society for the Creation of Value”) International (SGI) was founded on January 26, 1975, as a worldwide network of Buddhists dedicated to a common vision of a better world through the empowerment of the individual and the promotion of peace, culture and education. It is an organization dedicated to revitalizing the legacy of practice of Nichiren Buddhist humanism which concerns itself with realizing one’s inherent potential and fulfilling one’s responsibility to the fullest, whether it be in the home, community or workplace. It is also about proactively contributing to finding a solution to the various problems facing the world. SGI members are committed to promoting the importance of peace and the ideal of respecting the dignity of life and human rights through various activities, such as through holding exhibitions about the threat of nuclear weapons or humanitarian relief activities. The SGI is also working to raise awareness of environmental issues confronting the planet.
• First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa
The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa is a spiritual community of 500-plus people who come from many different backgrounds. It is made up of people from different religions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds. Members work together with other partners in Ottawa to create a supportive, inclusive community and a just, compassionate, and sustainable world.
• Canadian International Council, National Capital Branch
Founded in 1928, the Canadian International Council (CIC) is Canada’s foreign relations council. It is an independent, non-partisan membership organization and think tank dedicated to advancing constructive dialogue on Canada’s place in the world and providing an incubator for innovative ideas on how to address the world’s most pressing problems. With an open forum where a diversity of viewpoints can be expressed, the CIC is dedicated to nurturing dialogue on Canadian foreign policy domestically, and to projecting a Canadian perspective on the international stage. With regular thought-provoking events, a rigorous research program, Canada’s premier international affairs academic journal International Journal and Behind the Headlines, one of the country’s oldest foreign policy paper series, the CIC is an engaging forum for fostering greater awareness and understanding of the world in order to Canada’s voice and influence on the global stage.
• Kiwanis SAGE Club of Ottawa
The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is a not-for-profit service club made up of over 150 men and women volunteering their time to better the community. As a leading Ottawa-based Service Club that addresses the needs of the community to improve the quality of life, Kiwanis is devoted to children and youth, and individuals and families in need, with programs that promote leadership, increase youth literacy and leadership, and help those with special needs and those struggling in the community. The Sage Group of Kiwanis meets regularly to discuss various topical issues with guest speakers. The NCR-Branch values its participation with the Kiwanis Sage Group!
• Parkdale Montessori School
Parkdale Montessori School aims to go provide learning experiences for children by enhancing their lives, through a Montessori-guided education, where they gain appreciation and respect for themselves, others, nature, the arts, the community in which they live, and society. The School is guided by Dr. Montessori’s principles, to nurture the development of each child to their fullest potential – physically, intellectually, socially, creatively and emotionally. With this vision to each child become a self-motivated, compassionate, responsible individual who contributes happily and productively to the community, the NCR-Branch has participated in Mini-Model United Nations with Parkdale classes to help foster awareness of the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals for young students. For further information, please see our Newsletter, the Communiqué, on the site.
• Group of 78
The Group of 78 is an informal association of Canadians seeking to promote global priorities for peace and disarmament, equitable and sustainable development, and a strong and revitalized United Nations system. Since its origins in 1981, the Group of 78 has promoted dialogue about a progressive Canadian foreign policy, based on the principles of sustainable PEACE through common security, JUSTICE in prosperity, equity, inclusion with diversity, and SURVIVAL of our planet in the face of modern human activity.
Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), U. of O.
Ottawa Peace Festival
World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC)
Student clubs at both Carleton University and University of Ottawa
If you are looking for a partner to help you provide an international angle or context for an activity, or wish to support our efforts to engage more Canadians – young and old – in learning and thinking about global citizenship and building a better world for all, we are looking for partners.
If you are interested in partnering with the UNAC-NCRB for events and activities please contact us.