Dear STAND Canada supporters,With the 42nd Canadian federal election taking place this October, it is important that STAND positions itself for the upcoming year in a manner that effectively conveys our agenda. To this end, we have spent the last several months deciding where we as an organization should devote our resources in order to maximize… Read More

Attention STAND supporters! Today (August 16th, 2015) marks the official launch of our national election campaign! As the 2015 Canadian Federal Election approaches, STAND will be ramping up its advocacy efforts in order to make sure that the issue of genocide prevention takes a central place in the ongoing campaign. To do this, we will be enlisting… Read More

In conjunction with our 2015 Canadian Federal Elections campaign, we are excited to be launching our new website. Mobile-optimized with user-friendly navigation, this website will help our visitors learn more about what STAND does and advocate for in an easy, seamless manner. We welcome any and all feedback you have. Please contact Alison at… Read More

Kitty Shephard, Blog Writer   In recent years the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping operations have been roundly criticized for their inability to respond effectively to international humanitarian crisis. However, recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) decisions, and independent analysts’ reports on peacekeeping, give the international institution an opportunity to regain its status as a global… Read More

Banke Kayode-Sorinwa, Blog Writer   When will the children of South Sudan again run on their streets without fear? Is there any possibility they will attend schools like their peers in war-free countries do? Will those abducted ever be returned to their parents? These questions could go on unanswered.… Read More

Chad Rickaby, Blog Writer Houthi rebels remain in control of much of Yemen. They have failed to abide by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2216 that calls for the relinquishment of all controlled territory. The Saudi led Arab coalition had hopes of seizing air strikes against the Houthi rebels, ending the “Decisive Storm”… Read More

Sho Shibata, Blog Writer The term “genocide” has been persistently used as a signifier describing atrocities of the worst kind on a mass scale. Yet, many overlook the contributions the so-called “one man NGO”, Raphael Lemkin – the man who coined the term “genocide”, has had on the advocacy for recognition of genocide as an… Read More

Kitty Shephard, Blog Writer Canada has traditionally held a very important humanitarian leadership role around the world. Peacekeeping missions have given it the legacy of a nation who aids countries in desperate need of relief. These efforts were recognized internationally when Canada was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts. The country’s concentration on… Read More

Solaye Snider, Blog Writer Released last week, the summary report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada gives the nation “a rare second chance to seize a lost opportunity for reconciliation.” The TRC’s report confirmed that Canada’s past policies towards Aboriginal people, especially the Residential Schools Program, amounted to “cultural genocide” in that… Read More