Activism, refugee policies, corporations & social awareness
Canadian reactions to the 1973 overthrow of democracy in Chile
Sep 14, 2023 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), together with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS), is pleased to host this book launch and to welcome the editor and some of the authors of the work:
Activism, refugee policies, corporations and social awareness: Canadian reactions to the 1973 overthrow of democracy in Chile
Canada-Chile Solidarity, 1973-1990. Testimonies of Civil Society Action, has just been published by Novalis Press. Based on original documents from that period, it analyses the role of civil society activism in influencing refugee policies, corporate investments and social awareness. It is a must-read for all those interested in Canada-Latin America relations and for those studying solidarity as a crucial practice in this era of massive forced displacement.
John Packer | Welcome remarks
Neuberger Jesin Professor & Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), University of Ottawa
Stephen Baranyi | Moderator
Full Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
Joe Gunn | Why Canadians cared and how they reacted
Executive Director, Centre Oblat, St. Paul University U St. Paul
John Foster | Churches and refugee policies
Lecturer, University of Regina
Laura Macdonald | The task force on churches and corporate responsibility
Professor, Department of political Science, Carleton University
Liisa North, Editor of the book | General reflections
Professor Emeritus, York University
Andrea Droppelmann | Closing remarks
Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Chile in Canada
Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)
Refreshments for this event are generously provided by the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).
CERLAC is a York University-based hub for inter- and multidisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean, their diasporas, and their relations with Canada and the rest of the world. It provides a meeting space for faculty, students, and visitors to discover common interests; supports their projects by facilitating grant administration, partnership formation, and the co-production and sharing of knowledge; and trains new generations of regional scholars.
Latin American & Carribean Studies (LACS) at Carleton University
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) at Carleton University is an exciting interdisciplinary academic program that brings together a network of university professors and students who share common interests in the study of the region and its diasporas. It provides an intellectual home to discuss shared interests, participate in debate, as well as produce and share knowledge about the region.
About the book
Canada-Chile Solidarity 1973-1990
The stories and documents presented here relate key facets of the history of Canadian civil society solidarity with Chile after the September 1973 military coup d’etat. It is a history that speaks to the importance of well-organized and coordinated civic action in the formulation of public policy, especially with regard to refugees and dealing with dictatorships; it also speaks to the significance of refugee and exile community contributions to Canadian society. In addition to retrospective interpretations by activists, through the documents that are reproduced here, we hear the voices of the churches, unions, civic organizations, government officials, corporate leaders, and others as events were unfolding, as they tried to convince each other about the directions that Canadian policy toward Chile and Latin America should take.