The Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program
Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) has demonstrated to be very effective in reducing violence and preventing harm to civilians in situations around the world. UCP involves the use of highly trained peace professionals who use the principles of nonviolence to provide direct physical protection to civilians in a variety of contexts. Some of the strategies used include protective accompaniment, creation of safe spaces, proactive presencing, interpositioning, monitoring and reporting, and relationship building.
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The Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Workshop
Learn the principles of nonviolence and how UCP can provide direct physical protection to civilians in a variety of contexts. Explore strategies including protective accompaniment, creation of safe spaces, proactive presencing, interpositioning, monitoring and reporting, and relationship building. This citation program is offered in collaboration with Nonviolent Peaceforce, a major global organization that employs UCP strategies in several locations, including the Philippines, Syria, South Sudan, Myanmar and Colombia.
Part One: Five online 8-10 hour modules begin January 23 to March 31, 2017
Part Two: Two-week full-time intensive workshop 10 sessions: April 24 - May 5, 2017
FOR INFORMATION Please contact Randy Janzen at 250.365.1288 or email Randy.
Join us for Mir Lectures
Drawing on a diverse selection of local and international speakers, the Mir Lecture Series delivers new views on community and global issues.
Jeannette Armstrong - February 27
Art, scholarship, traditional knowledge and actively trying to make changes for the better in the world are not separate spheres for Jeannette Armstrong. As Canada Research Chair, Dr. Armstrong is analyzing Syilx Okanagan traditional knowledge to obtain information about Syilx society, as well as ecological and sustainability practices, and to link Syilx story knowledge to such areas as governance, land use and health.
Dave Ragland, Truth Telling Toward Justice: Ferguson is Everywhere - April 15
Since the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, Ferguson protesters have sparked a brazen, but nonviolent movement for Black lives that calls out to the American public to recognize its complicity as spoken in the chant: “the whole damn system is guilty as hell.” If America is to learn, it must listen to and take direction from the truths told by the folks on the street.
Amir Hussain, A Muslim Scholar of Islam Responds to Muslim Violence - May 4
With the November terrorist attacks in Paris, Islam and violence have again became synonymous in the minds of many people. While many people consider Islam to be a religion of violence, many Muslims consider Islam to be a religion of peace. Join one of North America’s most acclaimed scholars of Islam to discuss the complexities of Muslim violence.
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Take Part in Peace Cafes
In the name of peace and shaping our futures through conversations that matter, the Peace Café is an ongoing initiative that provides an opportunity for individuals to produce community based solutions for global challenges and encourages "reconciliation and connection" through open dialogue.
Learn more about the Mir Centre Peace Cafes.
PEAC 224: INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM - May 2-6, 2016
$300 +GST -- Taught by internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Amir Hussain, this course will examine Islam in the context of current global issues around peace, conflict and social justice. Themes to be explored include historical and current-day contexts of Islamic teachings with regards to peace and violence, Muslim communities in Canada, the role of women, and the meaning of “jihad.” Students will gain a better understanding of Islamic fundamentalism, the “Islamic threat” as well as Islamophobia. This course can be taken as a second year university course, or just as a community education course (students taking for credit will have some reading and assignment commitments prior to on-site classes). For more information, please contact Randy Janzen.
To register please call 250.365.1208.
PEAC 216: THE DOUKHOBORS - July 4-8, 2016
$300 +GST -- This five-day course offers a study of the Doukhobors and their connection to issues of peace and conflict. Drawing on the beginnings in Russia to current realities, Doukhobor history and culture will be examined with attention to themes of peace, pacifism, violence and nonviolence, community and utopia. The course will include field trips and guest speakers. This course is open to anyone. It is also available as a University Transfer Course ( PEAC 216) as 3 credits. *For those taking this course for university credit, there will be some pre-course reading and preparation and a written assignment due the week following the institute. For more information, please contact Instructor, Takaia Larsen.
To register please call 250.365.1208.
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Central America Educational Tour
Connecting the Dots from the Global to the Local: Understanding the Environmental, Human Rights, Poverty and Impunity Crisis in Honduras
The Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College has teamed up with Rights Action, a Canadian & American non-governmental organization (NGO) whose work, in part, is to raise awareness about and support for people in countries of the global south whose communities and environmental well-being are often desecrated by so-called “First World” economic development projects. Learn about grassroots alternatives to development that are challenging these “First World” dominated global structures, as well as how to be an effective advocate for equality, peace and environmental well-being at home and globally. For more information contact Cara-Lee Malange.
Learn more about the Central Americal Educational Tour.
Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference:
Obstructing the Old or Constructing the New?
Embracing the Tension to Build the World We Want.
The annual Peace and Justice Studies conference is the largest North American gathering of people interested in furthering the causes of peace, justice and nonviolence. The conference will feature an opening keynote lecture by Canadian First Nations leader, hip hop artist, broadcaster and politician, Wab Kinew, as well as an endnote address by Guatemalan human rights activist extraordinaire, Sandra Moran. It will also include an array of workshops on the latest research on peace, justice and non-violence from academics and activists all over North America, a series of community-based peace cafes on timely global and local peace issues that will also feature local musical talent. Participants also are encouraged to attend a traditional Doukhobor feast followed by a Mir Lecture/Endnote address with Guatemalan activist extraordinaire, Sandra Moran. Due to the generous sponsorship of the Columbian Basin Trust, 80 seats are available for West Kootenay/ Boundary residents at this highly subsidized rate of $50 +GST (registrants may be expected to provide proof of residence). For participants living outside of the West Kootenay/ Boundary region please go to the PJSA website for registration and event details.
Location: Tenth Street Campus, Nelson