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Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee event (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: As per one of the comments, Grant Kippen has confirmed his attendance at this event.

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For those interested — CASC has just confirmed that  His excellency Jawed Ludin, Ambassador to Canada, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, will participate as a panelist as well — ap

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Canada and Afghanistan: Keeping Our Promises
Vision for Canada’s Role in Afghanistan to be unveiled March 9 in Ottawa

VANCOUVER – February 17, 2010

The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee (CASC) will unveil its Vision for Canada’s Role in Afghanistan Post-2011 on March 9 at the National Archives Hall in Ottawa. The event, called “Canada and Afghanistan: Keeping Our Promises”, is hosted by the Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa and is also a fundraiser for the Afghan School Project.

This Vision document will outline recommendations for how Canadians can best remain involved in Afghanistan, in terms of both civilian aid and the security. Abandoning Afghanistan is not an option: “The threat of abandonment by Canada, the U.S., Britain, and other major NATO countries is not just causing fear and dismay among our Afghan friends,” says CASC senior adviser Lauryn Oates. “It is encouraging the Taliban, and it is encouraging the worst kind of corruption. It is making things worse for ordinary Afghans, whose rights our soldiers have been fighting and dying for.”

CASC’s Vision is based on unprecedented and far-ranging consultations carried out with participation from Canada’s Afghan immigrant community as well as a cross-section of the Afghanistan population. The consultation includes feedback from ordinary citizens as well as politicians, human rights workers, elders, community leaders and experienced analysts.

This event will also raise funds for the Afghan School Project (ASP), a Canada-based grassroots initiative, established by the Canadian International Learning Foundation. The ASP provides financial and administrative support to an educational institution in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which provides more than 700 women and men with the opportunity to receive education, while providing members of the community with access to the Internet and online classes from Canadian and international institutions.

Speakers at this event include:

Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis Mackenzie. Served in the Canadian Forces for 35 years, including a UN peacekeeping command in Yugoslavia in 1992. Awarded the Order of Canada in 2006

Ehsanullah Ehsan, Director of the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre in Kandahar City

Nasrine Gross, Afghan-American writer and human rights activist

Dr. Douglas Bland, Chair of the Defence Management Studies Program at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Dr. Nipa Banerjee, Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affair, and who served as Canada’s head of aid in Kabul for three years.

Lauryn Oates, Human rights and gender equity activist; CASC senior advisor.

Terry Glavin, Award-winning author and journalist. One of Canada’s leading voices in support of our Afghanistan campaign.

Event Details
March 9, 2010, 7:00 pm
National Archives/Library of Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa
Tickets: $30 regular admission, $15 students

Purchase tickets online:
Online at http://www.canilf.org/news/

Purchase tickets in person:
Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank Street, Ottawa)
Compact Music (190 Bank; 7851 ½ Bank Street, Ottawa)

About the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee
The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee is an association of Canadians from all walks of life who are united in a commitment to the principle that as Canadians, we must honor our obligations to the cause of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

Website: http://afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org
Email: info@afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org

About the Afghan School Project

The Afghan School Project is a Canada-based grassroots initiative, established by the Canadian International Learning Foundation (Registered Charity # 80785 5218 RR0001), to provide financial and administrative support to an educational institution in Kandahar, Afghanistan known as the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC).

The ACCC provides more than 700 women and men with the opportunity to receive education in Business Management, Information Technology, English and Health care, while providing members of the community with access to the Internet and online classes from Canadian and international institutions.

Website:  http://www.theafghanschool.org