Please view our video of the latest Multicultural Canada Day 2015
Once again the CFAC will be hosting a Folklore Canada -CIOFF conference. The highlight of this conference will discussing and adopting new Bylaws to Develop the interest of the youth towards intangible cultural heritage on a local, provincial, national, and international level
We will be discussing the following new National ByLaws:
National Bylaws of the CFAC – FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum
Toronto CITY HALL , 100 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON Canada.
The name of the group is FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum
Our Headquarters are located in Quebec, Canada. It is to note that the address can change accordingly to the will of the Youth Council. The group is a branch of Folklore Canada International .
FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum shares the same general goals as Folklore Canada International, which will be presented in Annex I:
The objectives of FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum go as following:
- Develop the interest of the youth towards intangible cultural heritage on a local, provincial, national, and international level.
- Prepare the youth for future roles of provincial, national, and international organizers and administrators in the organizations of SPEQ, FCI and CIOFF.
- Expand the expertise of the youth in the domain of intangible cultural heritage and its transmission.
- Support projects adopted by FCI and CIOFF Youth Council.
- Fiscal year
The fiscal year of the organization ends on March 30th in accordance to Folklore Canada International, unless the FCI council indicates otherwise.
5.1 To participate in the meetings of FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum, candidates must be between the ages of 15 to 28 and be recommended by an official written approval by the Canadian national section or the provincial division.
To be elected to the Youth Council, candidates must be of at least 18 years old
Each youth is part of Folklore Canada International, which is the Canadian section of CIOFF as well as the Canadian community, and must at all time keep in mind the main objectives of the group.
5.2 Individuals can attend the meetings as observers under the category of friendly members. Friendly members must be between 29 and 35 years old and be recommended by an official written approval by the Youth Council and the Canadian national section.
Friendly members cannot be elected to the Youth Council.
Friendly members are part of Folklore Canada International, which is the Canadian section of CIOFF as well as the Canadian community, and must at all time keep in mind the main objectives of the group.
- Youth council
The annual aims and the program of the organization are managed by a council of fifteen (15) administrators (5 members of the executive committee and 10 provincial delegates) of which eight (8) make up a quorum.
The administrators are elected for two (2) years by the members of the yearly general assembly. The election process goes as following:
- One (1) representative per province is assigned by their provincial association or nominated by the Youth Council, and approved by the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
- One (1) President is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
- One (1) Vice-President is elected amongst FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
- One (1) Secretary is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
- One (1) Director of communications is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
- One (1) Treasurer is elected amongst FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum.
INTERNA TIONAL CONFERENCE OF NGOs
UNESCO Headquarters, 15-17 December 2014
As a result of its proceedings, the International Conference of NGOs in official partnership
with UNESCO, meeting in Paris from 1S to 17 December 2014 under the theme “Reenchanting
the world for the post-201S development agenda”, adopted the following
Recognizing that UNESCO seeks to achieve its overarching objectives of a Culture of Peace
and Sustainable Development in its fields of competence (education, the SCiences, culture,
communication and information), around its global priorities (Africa and Gender Qualities)
and for identified priority groups (Youth, Least Developed Countries as well as Small Island
and Developing States);
Noting that the UNESCO partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
representing civil society constitutes a valuable cooperation for achieving these objectives
among organizations concerned with matters within the competence of the Organisation;
Considering that NGOs playa key role in complementing the action of governmental and
intergovernmental bodies such as UNESCO because they operate on the ground, are flexible
and independent of government politiCS, able to create awareness and to mobilise;
Acknowledging the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with NGOs adopted by the
36th session of the General Conference, the UNESCO medium-term strategy (2014-2021),
and the recent release of the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary General regarding the
post-201S Agenda “The Road to Dignity by 2030”;
Supporting the need for measurable, realistic and inspirational targets, we make the
1. To the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee
Supportive of the strategic approach adopted by previous Liaison Committees, we
encourage the incoming Committee to develop a Plan of Action that clearly reflects
consideration of the goals of the post-201S development agenda;
Recognising the important opportunity that NGO fora in different regions of the world
offer to involve local, national and regional NGOs in the collective work of NGOs, we
invite the Liaison Committee to continue the organization of these fora on issues
related to the post-201S development agenda;
Convinced that the geographical diversity of the Liaison Committee is a major asset
for the collective collaboration of NGOs, we invite the Committee to maximize the
joint potential of its members when implementing the Plan of Action and defining its
Acknowledging the value of the advice and suggestions gathered during the
brainstorming session of the International Conference (to be annexed), we invite t he
Liaison Committee to take them into account when elaborat ing its Plan of Action;
In light of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-201S development agenda
which take place at the UN until September 201S, we invite the Liaison Committee to
steer NGO collaboration across fields of competence in order to advocate an agenda
that addresses the broad range of concerns that NGOs are working on today.
2. To the NGO Community
Acknowledging the limited time remaining for influencing the preparation of the post-
201S development agenda, we urge the NGO community to thoroughly examine the
key documents of this process and to express their views for the final agenda to
allow all stakeholders to build “the future we want “;
Encouraged by the general consensus on the need for cross-cutting collaborations,
we challenge NGOs in all UNESCO regions to form st rategic alliances with partners
from other areas of competence to contribute to the implementation of the post-201S
development agenda via jointly prepared studies, events and projects;
Having taken note of the reports on the th ree NGO fora held during the past
biennium, we invite NGOs to work individually and collectively to follow up on the
outcomes of these fora and of the thematic debates held at the International
We encourage NGOs to consider strategies for the inclusion of marginalized groups of
people as both actors and beneficiaries of their work.
3. To UNESCO Member States and the Director-General
Committed to maximizing impact of efforts when working towards the targets of the
post-201S development agenda, and concerned over the risk of fragmentation of
these efforts, we challenge UNESCO Member States and the Director-General to
a. work w ith the Liaison Committee to continue to enhance the procedures for
consultation and cooperat ion between UNESCO and NGO’s in official
partnership with a view to further improving these processes;
b. promote cross-cutting initiatives by reinforcing partnerships with NGOs across
all regions and where feasible, providing support for cross-cutting
Encouraged by the positive experience of the NGO fora, we strongly recommend that
Member States and the UNESCO Secretariat continue to support these and explore
ways of taking into account the conclusions and recommendations of these fora.
Toronto Public Library is looking for Artists to submit their work for possible exhibition during the September 2015 – August 2016 Art Exhibit season.
If you would like to submit an application for consideration, visit the Toronto Public Library website at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/exhibits/art-exhibit-space.jsp for more information, or contact the Art Exhibits Office at 416-393-7224.
The deadline for submission is April 10, 2015.
Happy New Year… looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2015!
So what’s going to happen this year?
Here’s our upcoming calendar of events happening in 2015
Thank You Canada! – 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Liberation of HollandA FESTIVAL/Celebration that will take place next May 2 2015, during Dutch Heritage Month at City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square.
Our 9th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations at Yonge Dundas Square.
Other Events of interest:
The World Dance Alliance-Americas announces that their next Assembly will be hosted by the Asia Pacific Dance Festival and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Theatre and Dance Department from July 26 to 31, 2015.
Toronto’s 2015 PanAm Games:
The Games run from August 7 to 15, 2015, Become a volunteer at the Pan Am games! Do you speak Spanish or Portuguese or French, apply today as a volunteer.
Click Here to fill in the online form to become a volunteer today!
Other Out-of-Province Events in 2015
Celebrate life and culture with world-class entertainment, delicious authentic food and beautiful cultural displays at Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world (as determined by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts). Explore one of the most vibrant arts and culture scenes found in the heart of the continent during the first two weeks of August. Join friends and family and experience the world’s cultures in Winnipeg from August 2 to 15, 2015. More info
World Cultures (formerly World Folklore Festival) is a festival to discover the different facets of world traditions every summer at the beginning of July to Woodyatt Park Drummondville, a town in the region of Centre-du-Québec . The event was founded in 1982, after members of the Mackinaw folk ensemble had participated in a similar festival in Dijon, France. The 34th edition of the festival will take place from 9 to 19 July 2015. More info
Saturday Nov 29: 3:00 and 5:15pm Toronto Morris Men Dancers
Friday Dec 5: 6:30pm
- Toronto Welcomes the Arrival of St. Nicholas – Arriving on a White Horse accompanied by his costumed attendants, St. Nicholas will make his way to the stage. He will then open his ‘Big Red Book’ and the gathered children will learn who has been good all year before he leads everyone in songs and stories. Presented in association with the Community Folk Arts Council of Toronto
Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Friday………………………12noon to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday……………………10am to 9pm
The Distillery Historic District is Open 7 Days a Week.
Visit www.thedistillerydistrict.com for more details.
Tuesday to Friday………………………..5pm to Close
Saturday and Sunday……………….12noon to Close
We are pleased to introduce the Costume Society of Ontario, this is an association dedicated to exploring the design, development and import of fashion throughout the ages: the influence of dress on society and the reflection of technology, culture and thought on fashion design and display. Far from being dry and academic, this exploration opens a fascinating look into how people express themselves through clothing and what this says about them as individuals and as a culture.
The Costume Society of Ontario membership includes designers, costumers, collectors, performers, professional historians, museum workers, devoted amateurs and anyone interested in aspects of dress from tip (hats) to toe (shoes)! Members explore and discuss all periods of design, fabrics, manufacturing, accessories and accoutrements, delve into the influence of technology, war, ethnicity and culture on the creation of fabric, design, form, function and frivolity!
Whether your interest is academic or personal, whether you are a curator or a collector, the Costume Society can expand your knowledge of, and fascination with, human finery. Visit the Membership Page for details on how to become a member.
#localTOmrkt: a holiday market downtown with our city’s local goods
We’ve taken on a vacant property for a month and need YOU to make it POP together!
Nov 29 to Dec 24, 2014
Every day, from noon ’til 10:00pm
New Vendors Opportunity!
Nov 29 to Dec 24, 2014
Every day, from noon ’til 10:00pm
The World Dance Alliance-Americas announces that their next Assembly will be hosted by the Asia Pacific Dance Festival and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Theatre and Dance Department from July 26 to 31, 2015. The theme for the Assembly is “Spaces and Places: Exploring Dance Narratives through Alternate Lenses.” Activities will feature scholarly papers, pecha kucha, panel discussions, master classes, choreolab and performances. Participants may want to come early to attend the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, from July 14 to 27 (www.outreach.hawaii.edu/community/asiapacific.asp). The call for proposals will be issued soon, please check our website (www.wda-americas.net) in early December for further information on submitting proposals and the Assembly location.Mary Jane Warner
World Dance Alliance-Americas