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ICAN - International Community Action Network

ICAN's MSW Fellowship brings community organizers from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria to pursue a Master's in Social Work at McGill University. Learn more

 Syrian Fellow Adnan Almhamied had to walk for three days, partially through territory occupied by ISIS, in order to get out of the country to come to ICAN McGill. Hear his story

Each year our centers in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan empower over 120,000 people to access their rights. Learn more.  

What does it take to rebuild what has been lost? Help us bring a Syrian social worker to McGill. Learn more about our plan for a post-conflict Syria. 

Our regional partners Sami Al-Kilani (An Najah University) and Merav Moshe-Godrovsky (Sapir College) met in Amman, Jordan in February 2016 to discuss future plans for ICAN. 

Our program Living Together/Vivre Ensemble directed by Social Worker and Montreal Artist Amanda Tetrault brings together Muslim and Jewish youth through digital arts. Learn more

On June 16th, our Interfaith Ramadan brought together Father John Walsh, Dr. Imam Zijad Delic, and Rabbi Michael Whitman to discuss how religion can create unity among Canada's diverse communities. 

The International Community Action Network (ICAN), formerly known as the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP), is committed to creating a world in which all people share the same rights. We believe that social justice is the most reliable foundation for strong, healthy, and tolerant communities. Since 1997, ICAN has established 11 community centres in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Palestine, Jordan and Israel.  These ICAN centres provides basic human rights such as legal aid, education, housing, and much, much more to over 120,000 people each year, implementing programs that engage, educate and empower the citizens most affected by conflict, economic hardship, and instability. 

More than 50 alumni have trained in community organizing as part of ICAN's International MSW Fellowship. These Fellows continue to work at these centres and across the Middle East to advance social justice.

We have proudly trained graduate fellows from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria at McGill University, preparing them to work within and between communities to solve common problems. Before peace can come between communities it must be deeply rooted within communities. As such, we are working to strengthen ICAN at the national and local level within all these countries and hope to promote cross-border alliances again when circumstances permit.

Watch our Executive Director Amal Elsana Alhjooj's TED Talk on "The Desire to Know the Other"

Watch the music video created by ICAN's program Living Together: a 3-month digital art program for Jewish and Muslim youth in Montreal