Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee

Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee

March 04, 2010 09:00 ET

Canada and Afghanistan. Keeping Our Promises

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee (CASC) will unveil its Vision for Canada's Role in Afghanistan Post-2011 on March 9 at the National Archives Hall in Ottawa. "Canada and Afghanistan: Keeping Our Promises", is hosted by the Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa and is a fundraiser for the Afghan School Project.

This Vision document will outline recommendations for how Canadians can best remain involved in Afghanistan, in terms of both civilian aid and the security that is essential for providing that aid.

"The threat of abandonment by Canada, the U.S., Britain, and other major NATO countries is not just causing fear and dismay among our Afghan friends," says CASC senior adviser Lauryn Oates. "It is making things worse for ordinary Afghans, whose rights our soldiers have been fighting and dying for."

CASC's Vision is based on unprecedented and far-ranging consultations carried out with participation from Canada's Afghan immigrant community as well as a cross-section of the Afghanistan population. The consultation includes feedback from ordinary citizens as well as politicians, human rights workers, elders, and community leaders.

This event will raise funds for the Afghan School Project (ASP), a Canada-based grassroots initiative, established by the Canadian International Learning Foundation.

Speakers at this event include:

Major-General (Ret'd) Lewis Mackenzie. Served in the Canadian Forces for 35 years, including a UN peacekeeping command in Yugoslavia in 1992
Ehsanullah Ehsan, Director of the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre in Kandahar City 
Jawed Ludin, Ambassador to Canada, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Nasrine Gross, Afghan-American writer and human rights activist
Dr. Nipa Banerjee, currently a professor of international development at the University of Ottawa, served as Canada's head of aid in Kabul for three years
Dr. Douglas Bland, Chair of the Defence Management Studies Program at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
Lauryn Oates, Human rights and gender equity activist; CASC senior advisor
Terry Glavin, Award-winning author and journalist

Event Details
March 9, 2010, 7:00 pm
National Archives/Library of Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa

Tickets: $30 regular admission, $15 students

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About the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee
The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee is an association of Canadians from all walks of life who believe we must honor our obligations to the cause of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

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