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1970 - 1980

1970s &1980s    
The international development community is viewed less as non-political when it becomes generally accepted that respect for human rights, democracy and good governance are prerequisites to development and not the consequence of development.

1970 - Present
Refugees from Africa are resettled in Canada.

Refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia begin arriving in Canada.

CLWR begins sponsoring refugees as an official Sponsorship Agreement Holder for the Government of Canada.

1959 - 1960

2.28 million pounds of surplus dry skim milk shipped to Germany, Poland and the Near East.

120,000 pounds of surplus dry skim milk shipped to India

Seven million pounds of foodstuffs valued at $3,068,000 are shipped to refugees in Germany, Austria, Jordan and Hong Kong. Among this is 1.78 million pounds of surplus canned pork.

Emphasis is on collecting and shipping clothing and gifts-in-kind. Financial donations used primarily for transportation costs. Canadian International Development Agency, a federal agency is created. CLWR begins receiving financial assistance through CIDA.

1948 - 1958

20,000 refugees from Romania, Russia, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia are resettled in Canada with the help of CLWR.

Programming expands to include projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

2.28 million pounds of surplus dry skim milk shipped to Germany, Poland and the Near East.

1946 - 1949

1946 -1949
30,000 refugees from Germany are resettled in Canada with the help of CLWR. The Beaverbrae, pictured, made 52 trans-Atlantic journeys to bring refugees to Canada following the Second World War.

The Lutheran World Federation is founded. LWF coordinates the work of Lutheran member agencies like CLWR worldwide.

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1940 - 1946

North American Lutheran leaders meet to discuss and plan large-scale relief operations addressing needs created by the Second World War.

Clothing, bedding, blankets and food shipped to Europe.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is founded by Lutheran churches in Canada in response to the refugee and relief needs of post-Second World War Germany.

CLWR forms the Canadian Christian Council for the Resettlement of Refugees along with agencies from the Catholic, Mennonite and Baptist churches.

Compassion and Justice

Our Christian faith calls us to show compassion and seek justice.

CLWR responds in love to people who are suffering unjust or challenging political, social, economic and environmental circumstances.

Stewardship of Creation

All that we have is a gift from God entrusted to our care and nurture.

CLWR strives to steward God's gifts in the service of all people, using the resources of the planet sustainably in order to support an abundant life for all.

Partnership and Accountability

Christ calls us all to work together to serve others in their need.

Partnership is fundamental to CLWR, with the principles of understanding, fairness and trust embodied within all activities it undertakes with its stakeholders. In partnerships, CLWR reflects intentional and respectful collaboration, mutuality, accountability and transparency.

Dignity and Respect

All human beings are created in God's image and have value and should be treated through word and action with dignity and respect.

CLWR supports vulnerable individuals and communities in striving for human rights and a sustainable future.