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Photo from the Living with Land Mines Photo Exhibit 
by Tony Hauser at the Duckworth Overpass from Nov 26-30.

e-dition November 15, 2007

Call to Action:
Ban Landmines

By Naniece Ibrahim

The University of Winnipeg’s Global College is hosting Landmines Action Week Nov. 26-30 at UWinnipeg as part of a series of Pan-Canadian commemorative and educational events honouring the historic signing of the Ottawa Treaty, (Mine Ban) 10 years ago.

Several lectures, panel discussions and all-day symposia are planned for the week. Highlights include the Living with Landmines Photo Exhibit, an Interactive Landmines Workshop, a fundraiser Night of a Thousand Dinners and No More Landmines Youth Symposium. This week of action gives students the opportunity to learn about the human cost of landmines and affect positive change on a relevant and crucial human rights security issue.

Participate Locally, Impact the Global Community
“The global eradication of anti-personnel mines is the fundamental goal,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy. “This week of information allows young people to participate locally and have their contributions impact the global community in eradicating landmines. Awareness, discussion and action are the key in continuing the work and the efforts of the international community that began a decade ago in Ottawa.”

Several keynote national speakers include President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy, co-author of the Ottawa Treaty; journalist Chris Cobb; Landmines Action Ambassador Paul Faucette; Michelle Hassen, Humanitarian Issues Program Coordinator at The Canadian Red Cross Society; author Maria Almudevar-van Santen; and landmine survivor Vanna Min.

Living with Landmines Photo Exhibit
The Living with Landmines Photo Exhibit is a collection of 16 life-size portraits of Cambodian children who have suffered the effects of landmines taken by Tony Hauser. This exhibit will also be displayed at 14 other university campuses across Canada. The objective of Hauser's collection is to confront the audience with the devastating consequences of landmines around the world. This photo exhibit will be displayed at the Duckworth Overpass from Nov. 26-30.

The Interactive Landmines Workshop takes place Tue. Nov. 27 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and will be led by the Canadian Red Cross's Michelle Hassen. This workshop will provide basic information on the problem of landmines-including the humanitarian toll- and will examine what concerned global citizens can do.  Tony Hauser will also give a guided tour of his Living with Landmines Photo Exhibit.

Can It Be Done Again? is an expert panel discussion on Tue. Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. This panel through discussion will investigate the success of the Ottawa Treaty and how civil society, diplomacy and international cooperation can make change in the world and how can global citizens move forward from here.

Night of a Thousand Dinners
Night of a Thousand Dinners hosted by UWinnipeg is a fundraising dinner in Convocation Hall on Wed. Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 (with a charitable tax receipt of approx $50) and students are only $25. To purchase dinner tickets, please call 204.988.7135 or email events@uwinnipeg.ca. All money raised will be donated to the Canadian Landmine Foundation in its pursuit of eradicating the world of landmines. Night of a Thousand Dinners is an initiative of Adopt-A-Minefield (AAM), a campaign of the United Nations Association of the USA(UNA-USA), in partnership with AAM Canada, AAM UK and AAM Sweden.

No More Landmines Youth Symposium on Fri. Nov. 30 invites grade 11, 12 and university students to participate in change locally but make a global impact. Students will discuss and develop a set of recommendations regarding the ongoing struggle to eliminate and remove landmines. These recommendations will then be presented by three youth representatives at the Waterloo Landmine Symposium and then conveyed to Canadian Parliamentarians in Ottawa on Dec. 3, marking the 10-year anniversary of the historic treaty. Students are encouraged to register free on line here.

More information and details on Landmine Action Week is available here.

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