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      In Conversation with Sheila North on MMIW and Indigenous Rights

The CIC Young Professionals Networks will be joined by former Grand Chief Sheila North, who will speak to CIC members on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and how Indigenous and non- Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the issues around violence against Indigenous people. 

The event will include the opportunity for audience questions.

About the speaker:

Sheila North is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation & was previously elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). She has also acted as the Chief Communication Officer at Assembly for Manitoba Chiefs, a CBC journalist and CTV correspondent, an economic development officer, a radio personality & a Cree translator.

Sheila is passionate about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). With this in mind, she created the hashtag, #MMIW. She continues to work closely with families, friends, as well as Indigenous and non- Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the issues around violence against Indigenous people.  Sheila has co-produced the TV documentary “1200+, part-1 which highlights some of the systemic issues that place Indigenous women at greater risk for violence and sexual exploitation.

Sheila is Gemini Award nominee as well as was featured in Chatelaine Magazine as one of the ‘Top 30 Women of 2015.”

Where: Online (free event)

When: October 8, 2021

What time:  12-1PM EST (9-10AM PST)

To register: https://bit.ly/3z4w9Lx

The Future of Humanitarianism 

As climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have shown us, the world is changing.  How will humanitarian action around the world change to meet the challenges of the times?  To help us understand the challenges of humanitarian action today and the future of humanitarianism, the CIC Young Professionals Network will be joined by Dr. Joel Charny.  Dr. Charny has held senior positions with the Norwegian Refugee Council, InterAction, Refugees International, and the United Nations Development Program and will be joining CIC to share his insights as well as answer audience questions.

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021

What time: 7PM – 8PM EST (4PM – 5PM PST)

When: online

Register here

About the speaker:

Joel R. Charny retired in June 2021 as the Executive Director of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) USA. He was responsible for providing overall leadership to the organization, which focuses on fundraising and humanitarian advocacy in the United States on behalf of Oslo-based NRC. NRC is one of the leading humanitarian agencies in the world responding to forced displacement due to conflict and natural disasters.

Prior to joining NRC USA in March 2016, Mr. Charny was the Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction, the alliance of U.S.-based relief and development organizations. He was responsible for leading InterAction’s work on humanitarian response, which involved engaging with the U.S. government, the United Nations, and member non-governmental organizations on both practical and policy matters, including funding availability, impact and effectiveness, and reform efforts in the sector.

Prior to joining InterAction in October 2010, Mr. Charny was the Vice President for Policy with Refugees International, a Washington-based humanitarian advocacy organization. In his tenure with Refugees International he conducted humanitarian assessment missions to Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, the Chinese border with North Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami, the Central African Republic, Burma, Syria, Kenya and Sudan.

Mr. Charny joined Refugees International in July 2000 after working for four years in Cambodia as Deputy Program Manager with the CARERE project of the United Nations Development Program. Prior to working for the UNDP in Cambodia, Mr. Charny spent sixteen years with Oxfam America, a relief and development organization based in Boston. He first worked inside Cambodia during the famine emergency there in 1980 and went on to manage the agency’s work in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia region. In 1989 he became Overseas Director and in 1994 Policy Director.

Mr. Charny is the author of Acts of Betrayal: The Challenge of Protecting North Korean Refugees in China, published by Refugees International in 2005. He is also the author of articles on humanitarian issues in volumes published by Kumerian Press and the Brookings Institution, as well as articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Forced Migration Review, and Harvard International Review.

He has an A.B degree in European History from Brown University and a Masters degree in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Discussion Forums

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Discussion Forum News

Summer Book Choice:

The Book Club’s Summer read was Claws of the Panda by Jonathan Manthorpe!  

Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada’s failure to construct a workable policy towards the People’s Republic of China. In particular the book tells of Ottawa’s failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage.

Learn more about the book here.

We are currently in the process of choosing a new book and this page will be updated shortly.

 Interested in joining the Book Club? Join the conversation on our Slack page here.

Register for the next book club meeting:
Conversations on the book will happen through the Slack page as well as a discussion group meeting (next meeting TBD).

Opportunities Board

Government Relations Officer

Red Cross 

Location: Flexible 

Expiry date: Until filled

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Economist and Policy Analyst

Finance Canada

Location: Ottawa

Expiry date: October 31, 2021

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Policy Specialist, Gender 

Oxfam Canada

Location: Ottawa & Remote

Expiry date: Until filled

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Looking for more opportunities? Please consider checking these other job boards for opportunities in international relations:

Impact Pool

Job vacancies in the European Union, United Nations and International Organizations

80,000 Hours

Opportunities in organizations that are working on some of the world’s most pressing problems

Government of Canada Job Bank

Highlights opportunities and job postings from across the Canada

Do you have any opportunities you think should be featured on the board?  Let us know at ypn-rjp@thecic.org.

Meet the YPN Executive

Vice-President, Research and Content Development

Anna leads the development and organization of CIC YPN research endeavors, which can include conducting information gathering projects and analysis regarding international issues, activities, policies, legislation, etc. on behalf of the CIC YPN or as outlined in the annual work plan.

Vice President, Digital Media and Communications 

Tannishtha develops and maintains the CIC YPN’s branding, curates CIC YPN social media groups, coordinates with the CIC and its associated branches in developing web content directed towards young professionals.

Vice-President, Membership

Sahar maintains up-to-date roster of current CIC members participating in CIC YPN, recruits new members into CIC YPN, responds to inquiries from network members and other stakeholders, and re-confirms on an annual basis membership requirements to participation in CIC YPN in consultation with others on the executive committee.

Secretary &Treasurer

Erik manages internal documents, maintains cloud storage/IT assets, works with network chair and vice-chair to book regular network executive meetings, compiles meeting minutes during executive meetings, maintains ToR documents, tracks network budget, develops financial reports as required by the CIC.


Rai assists the network President in leading CIC YPN, maintains the network work plan, provides input and feedback in network strategic planning and visioning, coordinates across CIC YPN executive portfolios, acts as secondary focal point of leadership when network chair is unable or unavailable to carry out duties.



Kevin acts as focal of leadership for CIC YPN, maintains positive relationships with network and local CIC branches, coordinates and leads the activities of CIC YPN, acts as the main point of contact between CIC YPN and the CIC Board of Directors and leadership team, conducts strategic planning and visioning activities as required.

Get Involved

Become a YPN Ambassador!

Have an idea for a YPN event or would you like to spearhead a discussion forum group? Become a YPN Ambassador! 

YPN Ambassadors are actively engaged in their local branch activities and have a keen interest in collaborating with the YPN Executive Members with running events, research initiatives, and content development. 

Working with the CIC YPN is a great way to  contribute to important discussions in foreign affairs, expand your network and skill sets, and help build an engaged international relations community across Canada! 

Fill out the YPN Membership form here. or reach out to ypn-rjp@thecic.org to learn how you can get involved!

Join the Next Online YPN Meeting!

The YPN meets monthly to discuss ongoing activities and plan for new events. Want to share your ideas? Join us!

Reach out to ypn-rjp@thecic.org to get zoom link details!

Contact Us

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YPN Documents

Read the YPN Terms of Reference (2020) here.