Announced in 2016 and launched in 2017, this award is a tribute to the social justice legacy of Peter Gillespie by honouring Canadian organizations working for social justice in Canada or internationally.
The recipient organization is invited to Ottawa for an exchange with Inter Pares on advocacy and networking strategies, including:
The award is also an opportunity for Inter Pares to get acquainted with the inspiring work of the recipient organization and to learn from their experience. As always in our work, the learning journey is mutual.
Who was Peter?
Over the twenty-five years that Peter worked for Inter Pares (1985-2010), he brought his passion, courage, talent, and deep commitment to social justice to many issues and struggles around the world. Most notable among these were his years of collaboration with civil society organizations in Bangladesh, building movements for food sovereignty, landless rights, and democracy; his challenge to population control measures and discourse, exposing their racist and anti-poor underpinnings, and supporting the dismantlement of coercive programs; his relentless promotion of human rights in Burma, including raising millions of dollars to support refugees and displaced people; his solidarity with sugarworkers in the Philippines, who succeeded in transforming a feudal system and gaining rights to their land; his work in drawing public and government attention to the consequences of massive capital flight and tax evasion from developing countries into the global financial system. Throughout, he was also a staunch ally and supporter of women’s struggles for justice and autonomy, both in Canada and abroad.
The deadline for 2017 nominations has passed. Please stay tuned for the announcement when nominations open for the 2018 award.
A selection committee of four people analyzes the nominations received and verifies eligibility. The choice of the selection committee is based on an analysis of the organization’s impact, innovation, community engagement, and leadership.
Please contact Inter Pares staff members Mariétou Diallo firstname.lastname@example.org and Jack Hui Litster email@example.com if you have any questions.