Rémy M. Beauregard project to support children in Colombia

OTTAWA, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada's Social Justice Fund is proud to announce the establishment of the Rémy M. Beauregard Project in honour of the former President of Rights & Democracy on the one-year anniversary of his tragic death. The project will support the education of indigenous children in Colombia affected by the armed conflict. 

The PSAC represents the employees at Rights & Democracy who want to honour their former President through the creation of a special initiative in his name. Two months prior to his death, Mr. Beauregard visited Colombia where he witnessed the difficult situation of indigenous girls and boys being forcibly recruited by armed actors in the conflict. Previously, he worked in Uganda on the protection and reintegration of child soldiers. 

"Rémy Beauregard was a champion of human rights," said John Gordon, President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. "This project will contribute to the human rights and social justice for which he worked so hard in Canada and around the world."

Through this project, the PSAC Social Justice Fund will provide funding to set up a school for vulnerable indigenous children in areas of Colombia affected by military and paramilitary armed conflict.  Children in Colombia are often recruited as child soldiers in indigenous territories, which exacerbates the already precarious livelihoods of indigenous peoples due to the conflict. The National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia (ONIC) will administer the project. 

"We are very proud that our union's Social Justice Fund has agreed to spearhead this project," said Mika Lévesque, President of the PSAC Local at Rights & Democracy.

The PSAC Social Justice Fund will provide up to $30,000 over the next three years in grants and matching funds. The Rights & Democracy Local is making a contribution as well. Contributions from individuals will be matched by the Social Justice Fund up to a total of $5,000 per year over three years.

SOURCE PSAC

For further information:

or to arrange an interview:

Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, 613-293-9210 (mobile)


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