Who Needs Canada? 2017 Community Summit
The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a critical opportunity to think and engage on Canada’s role in the world. At the same time, global trends show a growing divergence between the values Canada upholds and events taking place outside of our borders.
In light of the possible futures before us, what role does Canada need to play on the world stage?
What risks might Canada face as a result of this shifting political landscape?
What value can Canada offer to the world?
Is Canada needed? If so, why?
Who Needs Canada? Canada's Role in the World
From President Trump to Brexit, we are witnessing dramatic global change. What impact will these shifts have on Canada? What role does Canada need to play on the world stage? What value can Canada offer to the world?
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大山侃大山 at SFU ('Dashan Live' at SFU)
What is it like to be famous in China? How can comedy bring Canada and China closer together? Join Dashan (大山) as he explores these questions in his first-ever stand-up comedy performance in Metro Vancouver.
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Culture / Diplomacy: A Celebration of Artists Shaping Canada's Relationship with China
Culture rests at the heart of human connection. It enables us to cross oceans, find common ground, and build empathy across borders. What role does culture play in building better understanding between China and Canada?
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Metro Vancouver's Global Impact | City Conversations
From climate change to refugee settlement, cities around the world are tackling critical and complex global issues. Metro Vancouver’s municipalities are increasingly recognized for their efforts and their important role that goes beyond our region’s boundaries. What are the opportunities for Canadian cities overall in the global arena? How are the leaders of Canadian cities having impact on the world stage and in addressing global issues? Where are they not yet, but should be?
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The Anger of Nations: Trump, Trudeau, Merkel, and Farage in an Age of Voter Rage
What does a Trump presidency mean for Canada? We know that Canada needs the United States, but do they need us? These questions are on the minds of many as our country’s most important political and economic partner begins an unprecedented and unpredictable transition.
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Doors Open in Surrey: International Trade in Action
Canada’s role in international trade affects our lives on a daily basis, but many of us know very little about the movement of goods, products, and people around our cities and the world, let alone the impact this has on our nation’s economy.
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The Middle East and the Refugee Crisis: An Evening with Robert Fisk
Robert Fisk, an award-winning Middle East correspondent for The Independent, will provide us with an on-the-ground perspective of events in the Middle East and the origins of the refugee crisis.
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Researching the Globe
Researching the Globe is an inspirational evening showcasing SFU research activities that are having, or have the potential to have, impact beyond our borders.
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Final Report and Program
In the News
- Does Canada Matter in the Middle East and the Refugee Crisis? — Peak Web, The Peak (March 13, 2017)
- Brett House: Free trade — Canada's time to lead — Brett House, Vancouver Sun (March 9, 2017)
- Ed John: Indigenous peoples demand action on reconciliation — Ed John, Vancouver Sun (March 9, 2017)
- Veronika Bylicki and Tesicca Truong: 150 years forward — Canada's role in the world — Veronika Bylicki and Tesicca Truong, Vancouver Sun (March 6, 2017)
- Mike Harcourt and Nola Kate Seymoar: Canadian cities face complex problems in the urban century — Mike Harcourt and Nola Kate Seymoar, Vancouver Sun (March 4, 2017)
- Deborah Harford: All Canadians must become climate leaders — Deborah Harford, Vancouver Sun (March 3, 2017)
- Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk: The diversity dividend: Canada's global advantage — Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk, Vancouver Sun (March 2, 2017)
- 大山真的来SFU啦！逗趣幽默引得全场爆笑 掌声不断 — Xiao Xianer, BC Bay (March 1, 2017)
- Whither Canada in a stormy world? — Andrew Petter, The Hill Times (March 1, 2017)
- Benjamin Bergen: From drain to gain - Canada's opportunity to attract global talent — Benjamin Bergen, Vancouver Sun (March 1, 2017)
- Eyob Naizghi: Canada has well-managed, purposeful immigration system — Eyob Naizghi, Vancouver Sun (February 28, 2017)
- John W. McArthur: Canada — from exception to exceptional leader — John W. McArthur, Vancouver Sun (February 27, 2017)
- Stephen Hume: Soft power, cultural diplomacy and all that jazz — Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun (February 25, 2017)
- Andrew Petter: Who Needs Canada? — Andrew Petter, Vancouver Sun (February 25, 2017)
- SFU Community Summit: Dashan charms China with Mandarin humour — Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight (February 23, 2017)
- SFU Summit Examines Canada’s Role in Chaotic World — John Kurucz, Vancouver Courier (February 22, 2017)
- SFU Public Square 2017 Community Summit asks Who Needs Canada? — pmnationtalk, Nation Talk (January 31, 2017)
Three Perspectives on the Refugee Crisis — Beverley Gerolymatos, The National Herald (March 20, 2017)
What happens when you take a brilliant journalist (Robert Fisk), a world class diplomat (Catherine Boura) and a critically acclaimed documentarian (Nelofer Pazira) and put them on stage to discuss the Middle East and the refugee crisis? The answer is a jammed to capacity (700 seats) crowd who eagerly listen to these experts who have experienced the refugee crisis from three different vantage points
The event held in Vancouver on March 7th, was a collaboration between the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies and Simon Fraser’s University President’s Square. The President of Simon Fraser University, Andrew Petter welcomed the audience and remarked that “we at Simon Fraser University believe that the health of communities –local and global- depends upon citizens coming together to share information, exchange views.” “The university”, he added “provides a public square for dialogue on major issues of the day."
Robert Fisk, a multi-award winning Middle East correspondent for The Independent, rendered an on-the-ground perspective of events in the Middle East and the origins of the refugee crisis. The audience hung on every word. Fisk did not mince words when he rebuked the media, and blamed the infamous historic Balfour agreement for the crisis in the Middle East.
Fisk lamented that: “the western democracies are precisely the countries that have imposed their will, and installed dictators, in the Arab lands since the end of World War I. The West, he said, thinks it has a right and a duty to do so. But these are not our people,” Fisk said :“they have a different history and culture from the West, and we have no business intervening.”
Her Excellency Catherine Boura who is Greece’s permanent representative to the United Nations, framed her analysis by offering data and proposing solutions for the crisis.
Ambassador Boura underscored the crisis when she told the audience: “At the end of 2015 more than 65 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. 21.3 million were refugees. The majority were children and women.” She reminded the audience that “In 2015, Greece received more than 800,000 refugees…”, she added: “Icannot emphasize enough the solidarity shown by local communities especially in the Greek frontline islands, where people put tremendous efforts and financial resources to rescue people in need and to receive them in a humane way at a time of very serious financial constraints.”
Catherine Boura also warned of the complexities of the refugee crisis such as the human traffickers who have amassed billions of dollars. “These criminal groups are likely to smuggle arms, to traffic people, women and girls to slavery, or sponsor terrorism because they thrive from it.” She concluded:“Efficient relocation and resettlement mechanisms must be put in place to secure orderly and legal means of movement and provide opportunities for resettlement of refugees, combating trafficking and smuggling networks.”
Finally, Nelofer Pazira offered the perspective of the refugee. Nelofer Pazira is an award-winning Afghan-Canadian director, actress, journalist and author. She grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she lived through ten years of Soviet occupation before escaping with her family to Pakistan, before immigrating to Canada. In 1996 she returned to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in search of a childhood friend. That journey became the basis for the critically-acclaimed film Kandahar, in which she starred.
As a refugee her poignant story and that of her family spoke to the hearts of all who attended the event. Her narrative put a face on the ubiquitous refugee. Walking from Afghanistan to Pakistan with her family is a testament to the plight of refugees.
Her father had been a pediatrician in Kabul and found himself unable to practice medicine when he arrived in Canada. Throughout his refugee trek he carried a suit, which was carefully tucked away that represented who he had been in his homeland. While in Canada, he kept the ritual of preserving that suit and pulling it out as a reminder of his previous life. This message was not lost on his creative daughter Nelofer who founded the Dyana Afghan Women’s fund, which provides education and skills training for women in Afghanistan.
The humanitarian crisis of refugees is dire. The evening of engaging with Fisk, Boura and Pazira was disturbing as well as enlightening. The dynamic among the speakers provided three unique insights into the refugee crisis and gave the audience an educational and memorable experience.
中加艺术家畅谈文化与艺术交流 — Hedi Ma, GCP News (March 3, 2017)
晚会由西门菲莎大学人文学院教授王健主持。温哥华美术馆亚洲馆艺术总监郑胜天与Center A创始人，艺术家Hank Bull首先回忆了从上世纪文化大革命期间业已开始的加中美术交流，并讲述了加拿大的艺术作品如何影响了中国一代艺术家。
曾获得克利福德编导奖（Clifford E. Lee choreographic Award）、Rio Tinto Alcan 表演艺术奖和Isadora编导奖等多个大奖的舞蹈家王文蔚携手两位音乐家为观众献上了舞蹈《丝绸之路》。
吴氏芭蕾舞蹈学院及青少年加拿大公司（Goh Ballet Academy & Youth Company Canada）总监，加拿大国家芭蕾舞团首席女演员吴振红女士，为现场的观众分享了她从北京到加拿大，从孩童到母亲，这一路走来的艺术体验。
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