Two Interesting Events on the Congo…

Luncheon with a Canadian Peacekeeping Hero

On 20 March 2009 twenty-five students will have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Dr. Philip Lancaster, a Canadian peacekeeping hero.

Major (retired) Philip Lancaster, PhD. Dr. Lancaster was General Romeo Dallaire?s Military Assistant during the latter half of the Rwandan Genocide and was recently stationed in Goma, DRC as the MONUC Chief of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration.

During the luncheon Dr. Lancaster will speak on his experiences in Rwanda and the DRC and give students the opportunity to question him about his experiences. This is a chance to meet one of Canada’s most influential peacekeeping heroes face to face.

Cost for Luncheon: $15
Location the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

To Register contact Tanja Bergen at tanja@acacdrcongo.org

There is limited space so first come first served.

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Not My War…?
A Panel Debate about Canada in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Canada is one of the largest mining investors in the DR Congo – the country that is the worst place in the world to be a woman and whose ongoing wars have killed over 5.4 million people. On 20 March 2009 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, the Africa Canada Accountability Coalition will be hosting a panel to address the question: “Does Canada have a duty to alleviate human suffering in the DRC and, if so, what can Canadians do?”

Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to Oxfam Quebec’s Fund: Urgence – Rep dem. Congo

The Panel features:

Major (retired) Philip Lancaster, PhD. Dr. Lancaster was General Romeo Dallaire?s Military Assistant during the latter half of the Rwandan Genocide and was recently stationed in Goma, DRC as the MONUC Chief of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration.

Stephen Nairne, Managing Director of Lundin for Africa: Mr. Nairne has served as Lundin for Africa’s Managing Director since 2007. Lundin for Africa (LFA) is the philanthropic arm of the Lundin Group of Companies, which has a share in the Tenke Fungurume copper mine in the DRC. He has also worked as Deputy Director with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Pacific Office and as Senior Political Risk Analyst at Export Development Canada

UBC Vice President the Honourable Stephen Owen, PC. Mr. Owen is a former Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra who was the Special Legal Advisor for the Canadian Department of National Defence, investigating the conduct of Canadian peacekeepers in Somalia and in 2000 was an advisor to the Canadian International Development Agency for War-Affected Children in the Northern Uganda civil war.

Dr. Alain Musende, PhD. Dr. Musende is the former chair of the council of the elders of the United Congolese community of B.C and a holder of a Bachelor degree in Chemistry, a Master?s in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Member of Parliament Paul Dewar is a Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center and serving as the NDP?s Foreign Affairs Critic. Mr. Dewar has been working since 2006 to have the Recommendations of the Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility legislated.

For more information see www.acacdrcongo.org or email sarina@acacdrcongo.org

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