Event Series: Civil Society Initiative

Civil society's impact on governance and social cohesion is being felt in Canada and around the world. The rise of populism, a declining trust in governments, the changing role of (and trust in) media as a neutral, fact-based intermediary, and the impact of technologies on both organizational form and engagement (within and across sectors), all tell us that the role of civil society in Canada is evolving.

Civil society is a reflection, and voice, of society’s wants, needs, priority issues and concerns. In a diverse society like Canada, civil society elements reflect our culture (e.g. French/English) and include NGO’s, faith-based organizations, immigrant groups, and Indigenous Peoples. Civil society has the ability to both disrupt and bring together. Citizens also tend to have more trust in civil society than they do in governments.

Governments need insight into the changing roles and views on the impact of civil society so they can respond with policies and programs.

The IOG plans to develop a discussion paper to review policy on civil society-government issues and propose strategies for building a stronger working relationship with the next federal government.

This Initiative Includes Four Dialogue Events

These events will build a community of practice on civil society with government partners and sponsors. It will include four half-day sessions.

Fees

  • Public Servants: $150/session or $500/series
  • Civil Society: $50/session or $175/series

Events in this series

  • Civil Society Initiative event series:

    Civil & Uncivil Society: Who really speaks for the people?

    March 27, 2019

    Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration Session Theme: Populism and civil society’s role as a window into the views of citizens Discussion Topics: Review of recent evolutions in civil...

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  • Civil Society Initiative event series:

    Advocacy and Policy Advice Re-Considered

    April 25, 2019

    Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration Session Theme: Rethinking the role of civil society in advocacy and policy advice in an age of new technologies and declining trust in institutions...

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  • Civil Society Initiative event series:

    Civil Society as a Service Delivery Agent of Government

    May 29, 2019

    Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration Session Theme: Redefining partnership, revisiting funding, and encouraging true collaboration Discussion Topics: Improving coordination and...

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  • Civil Society Initiative event series:

    Civil Society, Diversity and Inclusion

    June 26, 2019

    Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration Session Theme: Ensuring all voices are heard Discussion Topics: The complexity of the Canadian contextImplications of reconciliation on attitudes...

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