Broadening Our Mission

The Canada-UK Foundation is currently seeking to expand the areas of work that it supports.Our goal is to broaden UK research into Canadian topics by encouraging projects on issues of shared strategic importance to both countries.

Subjects may include energy, transport, communications, the sustainable use of natural resources, multiculturalism and the welfare of indigenous peoples.

We aim to support this work by building partnerships between the UK research community and relevant business sponsors.

We welcome suggestions for areas in which these links might be made.

An example of our broadened focus can be seen in the contrast between two of our recent awards: an initiative aimed at ending the use of child soldiers in conflict and a showcase of the work of Canadian fashion designer Sid Neigum. More information about these projects is available below.

LGen. Roméo Dallaire’s Child Soldiers Initiative

LGen. Roméo Dallaire’s Child Soldiers Initiative

The Canada-UK Foundation is proud to support the Child Soldiers Initiative through the provision of an honorarium that allowed LGen. Roméo Dallaire to share his understanding of the use of children in conflict to an audience here in the UK.

LGen. Roméo Dallaire was first exposed to the use of child soldiers during the 1994 Rwandan genocide (where he served as Force Commander of the UN mission). He subsequently committed the rest of his life to ending the use of children in armed conflict. He founded The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, at Dalhousie University, to break new ground in halting this atrocity. The Dallaire Initiative partners with military, police and peacekeeping forces, equipping them with tools to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers.

To find out more about the Child Soldiers Initiative, check out their website.

Sid Neigum

The foundation recently awarded funds to Canadian fashion designer Sid Neigum. These funds have enabled Sid to display some of his work at London Fashion Week.

Take a look at examples of his work and at his profile on the British Council’s website below: