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Canada Cares, and that’s worth celebrating

By Nicolas Moyer      

‘Canada Cares’ invites residents and visitors to the National Capital Region to engage with photo exhibits, film shorts, live performances, and interactive activities showcasing the transformative work that is being done by Canadians and local partners around the world.

It's Peru: Three friends point out their country of origin on the Aga Khan Foundation Canada's giant globe, which will appear at the National Arts Centre on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. , 2019, for International Development Week. Photograph courtesy of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Having worked in international development and humanitarian assistance for the better part of my life, it’s easy for me to understand why people feel discouraged. From an outside perspective it may appear that very little has been accomplished by our community: after all, our newspapers and Twitter feeds are filled with stories of extreme poverty, human rights violations, environmental disasters, and international conflicts that seem never-ending. It’s true that there will always be a need for civil society organizations and grassroots initiatives to combat the injustices that exist in our world—but this is no reason to think that nothing is changing. In fact, we have plenty to celebrate.

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