FICUBC will be hosting an Art Exhibition at the AMS Art Gallery in the SUB October 10-15, 10am-5pm daily, as part of our Nothern Uganda Campaign. The exhibition will feature diverse visuals including Ugandan newspaper headlines and photographs.

There are three main aims of this event: 1) To raise awareness of the conflict in Northern Uganda among the UBC student population, 2) To encourage participation in this year’s Guluwalk (, and 3) to raise funds for our partner youth organizations currently operating in Northern Uganda.

The photos on display will be available for purchase at a price of $25, with all proceeds going to our fund for Northern Uganda. For more information on how you can sponsor a photo (so that we can produce as many as possible to be sold) please click on the link below:
Northern Uganda Campaign Photo Sponsorship


October 6, 2006 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Uganda Rising


This post was originally on the blog in May but seeing as how Uganda Rising will be screened three times in Vancouver leading up to Guluwalk on the 21st (on the 10th, 11th, and 16th) I thought I would re-post it for people to get an idea of what they’ll be going to see/walking for. For more information on the screening visit our “Events Schedule” page above.

From the Uganda Rising website:

Film Synopsis
For two decades, the Acholi people of Northern Uganda have been caught in a civil war between a rebel group whose main objective is inhumane terror and a government whose military response has often increased misery and suffering. Over one and a half million people have been displaced into camps and over 25,000 children have been abducted­­––to be used as soldiers and sex slaves.

And yet through it all, every day across Acholi-land something remarkable happens. Against a backdrop of dismal statistics, miniscule opportunity and unpredictable terror, in a part of Uganda forgotten by the world, children who have never known peace, face the day as if to live this way is normal, as if they still believe in the future. These children are the embodiment of resilience and hope. This film is the story of Uganda, her stolen children, and the fight to be free.

Originally titled When Elephants Fight: Stolen Children in Uganda’s Hidden War, the 82-minute documentary Uganda Rising has garnered acclaim from numerous film critics as well as the support of dozens of NGOs across North America and Europe for its groundbreaking story about the 20-year war and humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda. The film includes a rare interview with Uganda’s President Museveni (when he was a rebel leader working to overthrow Idi Amin’s coup) as well as interviews with human rights experts Mahmood Mandami, Samantha Power, Noam Chomsky, Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, and internationally renowned northern Uganda peace negotiator Betty Bigombe.

The film also features an interview with Dr. Erin Baines, who works at the Liu Institute for Global Issues here at UBC.

October 5, 2006 at 11:52 pm 1 comment

Vancouver Guluwalk!


Originally uploaded by matthewberry.

2006 GuluWalk Details

GuluWalk Date: Saturday, October 21, 2006.

Registration Begins: 3:30pm

GuluWalk Start Time: 4:30pm

Post Walk Events: Candlelight Vigil

Start Location: Trout Lake Park

Walk Route: Along Broadway to Burrard, Across the Burrard Street Bridge and up Burrard to Robson, Down Robson to the Vancouver Public Library.

End Location: Vancouver Public Library

This is an inclusive event for all ages and abilities. If you are not able to join us for the entire route, email for alternate start time and location details.

GuluWalk Events & Updates

There are a number of great pre-walk events in the works, including a fundraiser for GuluWalk with a screening of Uganda Rising at the Ridge Theatre (3131 Arbutus St) on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 7:00pm.

This event will feature the screening followed by an indepth panel discussion on the conflict in northern Uganda with the producers of Uganda Rising and the Liu Institute’s Dr. Erin Baines. Visit for all of the details.

October 3, 2006 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

GFIC International Conference “Connecting Global Youth, Confronting Global Challenges” a Success!


GFIC’s international youth conference on development was held this year in Montreal, Canada at Concordia University, where the movement was originally founded in 2004.

The following is an excerpt from Concordia’s student newspaper, The Link:

“Africa needs more than lip service to rise into the 21st century. This view was put forward last Saturday and Sunday when over 300 delegates from around the world congregated in Concordia’s H-110 auditorium to show exactly how youth can stop talking–and start acting–during the second annual Global Forum on International Cooperation Conference.

‘We don’t want to be like every other forum that talks about these issues, we want to follow this up with action,’ said political science major Awel Uwihanganye, who is also director-general of the GFIC.

Conference delegates met with members of non-governmental organizations, learned about volunteer opportunities in Uganda and other parts of the African continent, and were given the opportunity to start local Forum on International Cooperation chapters at their universities–all in the name of bringing development to a continent that has been supporting the world’s largest colonial powers for centuries.

Panelists and speakers included Liberal MP Marlene Jennings, Uganda’s former deputy High Commissioner to India Nimisha J. Madhavani and Omar Aktouf, a management professor at HEC Montréal. Aktouf was also a candidate for the Union des Forces Progressives in the last provincial elections.

Concordia’s department of political science, the Concordia Student Union, and FIC Concordia were partners in the event.”

For the full article visit The Link’s website:

For further coverage from the Daily Monitor, Uganda’s leading daily independent newspaper, visit their site:

October 1, 2006 at 5:32 am Leave a comment

Go Global Fair


Originally uploaded by matthewberry.
FICUBC participated in the University’s Go Global Fair that shows the various countries UBC students attend on exchanges and volunteer abroad programs. All the booths were great and the African section was bumping with loads of drumming sessions 🙂

Just a reminder to those who expressed an interest in FICUBC @ the fair, our next general meeting will be this Thurs Oct 5 from 1-2pm in our office in the SUB (down the hall from the Ubyssey on the left).

September 29, 2006 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

FICUBC @ Clubs Days 06

P9220019.JPG, originally uploaded by ficubc.

Forum on International Cooperation UBC (FICUBC) had a booth at this year’s Alma Mater Society Clubs Days event. It was very well attended and we had almost 200 interested students sign up to hear about FIC activities and events.

This Thursday Sept 28 @ Internationa House from 7-9pm will be our first new member orientation of the year where you can learn more about about group and get involved in some of our events this fall.

September 25, 2006 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

Ugandan Hip-Hop Artists Sylvester and Abramz Featured in the New Vision


Performers at the launch party of Namuwongo Community Development Organization, Sylvester and Abramz were recently profiled in Uganda’s leading national newspaper!

Click here to see the article in full.

September 24, 2006 at 5:14 am 11 comments

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