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JPIC Update & Summer Projects

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

We are half through our programming year and we are off to a good start. Our main focus being action as follow-up to our Corporate Stance commitment for climate action around the Paris talks, we have been participating as a Province in the CRC Post-Paris Conference cross Canada event. Sessions have already been held in Ottawa and Toronto and dates for Montreal, Kingston, Halifax and Vancouver are soon to be announced. We are also continuing to work on dates for Charlottetown, Kamloops and other Congregation of Notre Dame connected locations. We are waiting for the video version to be ready, so that it can be distributed to those who were not able to attend the ‘live’ version and then planning can begin for the Congregation of Notre Dame reflection day connected to the conference. In addition, we have been engaging in advocacy with the federal government as they consult on the content for the national plan on climate action that will be released at the end of this year. Many of us used the on line form to contribute our opinions electronically and requested, attended and spoke at Town Halls hosted by MP’s and community groups. 

JPIC now invites you to take part in two easy summer projects that are connected to two key supporting themes of our 2016 Action Plan: 

  1. a Visitation Province response to the Call to Action (report) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and participation in Peace Quest, a three-year peace project, spearheaded by the Sisters of Providence in Kingston, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI in a peace-centered way. Activities have been underway across Canada since 2014; we will be joining in for the last year 2016-2017, which will culminate in a three day arts and academic peace festival in the spring of 2018. Over the summer JPIC will be getting ready to initiate these programs in the fall. We ask you to join us in preparing ourselves to address these important themes by participating in an easy solidarity action with First Nations on-line:
  2. by helping us get our Peace Pole Project ready to move to the next level. Many Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and Associates have been instrumental in establishing peace poles across the country. There is one at the mother house, as well as poles at Dawson College in Montreal, Marguerite Bourgeoys schools in Kingston and Innisfail, at UPEI in Charlottetown and in several church and park locations in Salmon Arm, BC. Do you now have a peace pole in a location near you? Were you part of the work to get it there? JPIC wants to know! We are collecting the data and forming a list; please contact the JPIC office with information on your peace poles. Pictures are also welcome! Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!  


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