International Development Week (IDW)

International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

Since 1991, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it will take place from February 6 to 12, 2022.
Bow Valley College will join the world in celebrating IDW with a full week of events to show the significant contribution that international education makes to our social, economic, and cultural well-being and to support Canada’s ongoing efforts to engage on the international stage. However, as COVID-19 threatens a decade of global progress in building a peaceful, just, inclusive, clean, resilient and prosperous world for everyone, it has also demonstrated how connected we really are. That is why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda are more important than ever. 

This year, IDW focuses on five themes: Gender equality, Health, Economic resilience, Education and Climate action; all of which align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda (SDGs 5, 3, 8, 4 and 13).

Agenda | February 8-10, 2022

Creating Global Leaders in an Interconnected World
Tuesday, February 8
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Our local and global communities no longer look or operate the same way. Our interconnected realities generate new challenges, and they require innovative ways of thinking. This presentation will look at the value of generating a sense of leadership and global citizenship in Canadian youth, through international experiences. Event Link:

Indigenous Realities in Response to Development Work
Wednesday, February 9
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a fireside chat with Crystal Manyfingers, discussing challenges and opportunities of Indigenous communities in Canada, seven years after the introduction of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Crystal Manyfingers is a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Curriculum, Indigenization, and Decolonization at Bow Valley College. She was recognized with a Faculty Award in February 2020. She is a Blackfoot (Kainaiki) woman, from the Kainani (Blood) First Nation in southern Alberta. Event Link:

Diversibility: International Development
Thursday, February 10
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tahira Ebrahim joins Diversibility hosts Amy Spark, Sustainability Coordinator and Justin Hardjowirogo, Intercultural Centre Engagement Officer for a conversation about international development. What is development? How can we amplify marginalized voices that are impacted in this work? How can our own identities and realities shape development work as a personal priority? Event Link:

International Development Week Objectives

During the International Development Week, partners, students and staffs are invited to participate in the different activities we have organized for the Bow Valley College Community. The week will be filled with events and guest speakers who will promote internationalization and foster discussions with students, faculty and staff on today’s pressing issues and tomorrow’s innovative solutions. IDW will celebrate Bow Valley College’s international diversity and activities while providing students and staffs with the opportunity to understand the global issues.

The goals of the week are to:

• Educate the Bow Valley College community (partners, students and employees) on global issues.
• Encourage the Bow Valley College community to get involved with solutions for global issues.
• Promote sustainability at Bow Valley College.
• Motivate students to get involved with clubs, activities, events and organizations that promote development.

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