Dr. Myrna Kay Cunningham Kain in conversation with Pamela Johnson of Coady International Institute and Amanda Meawasige, Coady graduate and senior health policy analyst with the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa, Canada. They talk about the value of shared leadership, and whether technology makes it easier to move away from traditional, hierarchical forms of leadership. Also, are traditional Indigenous forms of healthcare becoming mainstream?
Dr. Cunningham Kain is board chair of the Association for Women's Rights in Development, and former chair of the United Nations permanent forum on Indigenous Issues.
Host Richard Perry also promotes the upcoming Coady Celebrates fundraising event in Halifax and the December 5th application deadline for spring certificates and 2017 Diploma in Development Leadership.
Podcast length: 18:13
Richard interviews two Coady graduates, who are joining fellow alumnae and Coady staff at the AWID forum in Brazil, Sept. 8-11, 2016. Amanda Meawasige took the 2011 Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program, and now works for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa, Canada. Raquel Helen Silva is a graduate of the 2015 Global Change Leaders program. She specializes in social entrepreneurship and works for Thomson Reuters in Brazil.
Pamela Johnson interviews disability rights advocates Steven Estey and partner Anne MacRae. Richard Perry speaks with Naela Refaat of Egypt, who worked with Coady on the Transparency and Accountability in Governance project, funded by the Ford Foundation.
00:00 Introduction by Richard Perry
01:00 International Women's Day (Week) events in Antigonish
02:37 Indigenous reconciliation in Canada
03:30 Coady Connects alumni learning network pilot
07:01 Coady and the Assoc. for Women in Development conference in Brazil
10:16 Upcoming women's programs beginning in spring 2016
13:31 Growth of women's centre since it began in 2011
15:18 Announcements by Richard
This month, the story of Adrian Adalberto Castillo, who graduated from Coady in 1963 and returned to build the co-op movement in Guatemala. His family was worried that he would return from Canada with blue eyes and would forget to speak Spanish.
In this episode, we discuss the release of Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy. It contains eleven case studies of creative communities in Canada and the United States. In Canada and the USA, the book is available for purchase at http://brunswickbooks.ca/Citizen-Led-Innovation-for-a-New-Economy/
In other countries, it can be purchased online at http://developmentbookshop.com/citizen-led-innovation-for-a-new-economy
This book is edited by Alison Mathie of Coady International Institute and John Gaventa of the Institute of Development Studies (UK). It features 11 case studies from ethnically diverse settings in Canada and the United States.
More information: http://coady.stfx.ca/coady/media/news_releases/citizen-led-book/
Nadjet Bouda is a program officer with Equitas International, the human rights training organization. She recently graduated from the Re-thinking Partnership certificate at Coady Institute. Nadjet feels youth education is critical to fighting fundamentalism in the Middle East North Africa region. Read our online Q&A at http://coady.stfx.ca/alumni/nadget-bouda/.
In part two, we hear Magalie Dresse of Haiti, also a Coady grad, deliver the keynote address at our annual fundraising gala in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The dinner raised funds that can be matched by the Government of Canada, for a total of $80,000 for future scholarships.
Wab Kinew is one of Canada's best-known Indigenous broadcasters. His father attended Coady Institute almost 50 years ago and went on to great success as a regional and national leader. Richard Perry spoke with Wab about his new book 'The Reason You Walk' and the time his father spent learning community activism at Coady. Also, staffer Pamela Johnson heads west and north to promote our Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program.
Senior program staff Yogesh Ghore of Coady International Institute discusses his Occasional Paper: Producer-led value chain analysis: The missing link in value chain development - a tool for effective engagement of small producers. The project draws on Coady's ten-year partnership with Oxfam Canada on asset-based and citizen-led development (ABCD). The entire document is available online in .pdf format at http://www.coady.stfx.ca/knowledge/
Mr. Castillo is originally from Guatemala, Central America. Following his Coady studies in 1963, he returned to Guatemala where he worked diligently for 17 years establishing the vast majority of credit unions, until his family was forced to flee to the United States during the civil war.
This trip to Coady was for their 60th wedding anniversary. Later that day we presented him with a copy of his diploma, which he was forced to leave behind when he fled Guatemala.
Richard MacKenzie of the Antigonish Casket newspaper and Coady's Richard Perry speak with Adrian Adalberto Castillo and Magda de Castillo. Translation courtesy of their daughter Pilar Castillo-Meier.
Tsigie Haile is founder and managing director of Women in Self Employment (WISE) Ethiopia. WISE is Coady's Ethiopian partner in the Government of Canada-funded project: Women's Leadership for Economic Empowerment and Food Security. She talks about the early days, types of training offered to women and girls, and how WISE uses credit and savings networks to improve the lives of women and girls.
Host Richard Perry speaks with Coady program officer Pamela Johnson and CWFLI graduate Indu Krishnamurthy about this unique educational partnership that supports women leaders in the Canadian not-for-profit sector. And StFX University students Asia van Buuren and Aaron Thornell are more than a little excited about their upcoming one-year venture as new OceanPath Fellowship participants.
Host Richard Perry talks with Anuj Jain, senior fellow, microfinance and development at Coady International Institute, StFX University. They discuss Coady's work with Oxfam's 'From Grove to Market' program in the olive sector and advances in the vegetable sector.
Host Richard Perry talks with Coady '11 graduate Fr. Shaiju Chacko, who helps coordinate a massive job training program for youth in India. He also contributes to a relief program that followed the monsoon floods of 2014. Also, Deborah Barndt describes a spring certificate offered at Coady - Integrating Food Justice into Community Programs.