MARCH 15, 2005 – 9:00 AM TO 3:30 PM


In Attendance:

Anna Brassa
Saul Arbess, from Victoria
Dave Hubert , from Edmonton
Renee Vaugeois, from Edmonton
Paul Nelson
Larry Fisk
Dave Burgener
Alan Blanes, from Edmonton
Bob Stewart , Chair
Tex Albert, in Montreal , by Yahoo Messenger


1.       Review of Agenda, and any Additions

Items to be added to the Agenda:

2b Update on new Peace Program at the University of Calgary (Larry Fisk)

8a Court challenge of federal income taxes to support illegal military acts ( Dave Hubert )

8b Book club (Renee Vaugeois)

8c Next meeting


2.       Update on new Peace and Governance Program in development at the University of Alberta (Renee Vaugeois)

o        nature of their desired relationship with CCOPP,

o        develop input for a recommended agenda for a Second Annual National Culture of Peace/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium at the University of Alberta , and recommend dates in the fall of 2005 or spring of 2006,

o        develop input for a recommended agenda for a Second Peace and Leadership Workshop, and recommend date,

o        consider educational programming and a consortium model (reference ),

o        consider proprietary issues in the development of peace education materials (i.e. to what extent might UofA share course materials with others?),

o        consider the implications of peace pedagogy and the transformation of classrooms to a Culture of Peace and Non-violence (reference ).

Renee reported that the certificate program was approved yesterday, with an expected start of September 2006 (it takes time to move through the bureaucracy).  With respect to CCOPP, the commitment is still there to develop the relationship and UofA expects to be more prepared to discuss this at a meeting in the summer time as things develop. 


2b Update on new Peace Program at the University of Calgary (Larry Fisk)

Larry indicated that there has been a change in strategy due to some impediments.  They will now call their program “The Calgary Consortium for Peace and Human Security”.  Will consider role as gap filler, and a Chair of Peace Studies.  See it as complimentary to the UofA initiative, and CCOPP initiative.  Announcement last week that the Mayor and City Council have declared Calgary a Peace City , which can help the IPRA2006 Conference planning.  Larry also indicated that the Third Annual Alberta Peace Education Conference would be taking place at the University of Calgary October 21 – 23, 2005, with the theme: “Connect, Converse, Create – the Art of Peace Leadership”, with a particular emphasis on youth, business and religious organizations.  This would also provide a vehicle to talk leadership and governance; how to reach out to diverse communities.  (Note – the Second Annual British Columbia Peace Education Conference in Vancouver is also October 21 – 23, 2005.)


3.       Update on CCOPP developments:

o        incorporate CCOPP,

Bob has been delaying this while we sort out governance issues.  Subsequent to the meeting, with mutual regret, Don Grayston has left CCOPP Core Group due to personal reasons (to pursue his other dreams J  Unless there becomes a priority to do this, incorporation will await the appropriate moment.


o        secure a web site domain and initiate,

On behalf of CCOPP, Bob has bought the following domains: and www.culturedelapaix.caThey await a webmaster bringing them to life.  In the meantime, a temporary web site at has been used to accumulate CCOPP material, and will provide some example for the future web sites.  Bob and Paul will search for a volunteer web master to start the dialogue to design the new web site.  It was noted that CCOPP needs a robust website to provide the extensive database, constant/live updating, and interaction necessary.


o        refine a draft protocol for governance of CCOPP, following guidelines discussed

Reference ; we have now set up a Yahoo Group email listserver to facilitate communications and development - To subscribe to this group, send an email to: .  See also Item 7 below.


o        initiate virtual meeting (i.e. by internet) as necessary

Noted; not discussed.


o        initiate a CCOPP Working Group email listserver to serve as a communication tool

Renee has set it up at ; instructions to join are as follows: To subscribe to this group, send an email to:


o        develop the CCOPP Stakeholder Web concept, with the assistance of Paul Nelson ( Calgary )

There was significant discussion on the Stakeholder Document.  It is part of a process of: 1. design, 2. marketing, 3 retail (the simple message).  Consensus was:

-          leave as a draft document, continuing to solicit input, and seek another author to put into ‘populist’ language

-          go on with the Marketing Strategy, to invite organizations and people to “get on board” (which again should have two texts: 1. academic, 2. populist)

-          we have not solved the governance issue, which should be the focus of a conference to bring out the problems with the nature of governance (Larry added insight on the importance of governance, the nature of how we govern ourselves, how we relate to others, work with others, how make decisions, get into so much; how can we bring others together; there have been so many other attempts; what arrogance that we are going to do it and get it right; we better take the time to look what was done before, what works, approach as the servant; in the meantime, we can have clarity around principles of seeking, uncertainty; like taking patience for a year; what we are marketing is this patience)

-          governance will be incorporated into a Leadership, Governance and Peace Workshop, and the Stakeholders Conference

-          Bob asked members to consider the merits of a possible Canadian Peace Initiative Charter of Principles (background reading , last section)


o        develop a CCOPP Marketing Strategy, with the assistance of Paul Nelson ( Calgary )

There was significant discussion on the Marketing Strategy.  Consensus was:

-          We are defined by what we do.  If we define ourselves by what we do, then we avoid the “marketing argument” (eg. The coercive sales person); this is complimentary to Servant Leadership; we will do, rather than talk – and we will listen; Gandhi was the best “marketer” (eg. The Salt March); what we are doing now (i.e. in this meeting) is what we should be marketing – as we do this the marketing will come out; when I go to Mustard Seed to put on a class I am marketing peace; reaching out (or outreach) is very important.

-          at higher levels, we want to be facilitators, connectors; we need to be in local communities

-          while we still have differences about governance, there is a lot we can say about CCOPP in the meantime

-          Paul will lead a facilitation process to develop a draft Marketing Strategy in this light

-          We are not ready to talk to organizations formally yet.  In the meantime, we are networking, developing the Stakeholder Web; we have to let the process percolate (as we are learning by doing; staying anchored in reality).

-          “I am a local person, how can I …; i.e. what is in it for me?”  Our comparative advantage – listening and helping people to solve peace and violence problems/issues through our extensive knowledge network of skilled people and resources (information, people, money raising, best cases).

-          We are not going to solve everyone’s problems – but we can help teach them how to solve their own problems within the values of a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.


o        develop a CCOPP Report to the United Nations Secretary General pursuant to General Assembly Resolution A/RES/58/11 paragraph 10 (i.e. the Mid Term Report of the Decade of a Culture of Peace), with the assistance of Don Grayston (Vancouver) and Renee Vaugeois (Edmonton)

Bob tabled the report of the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace, for information.  The consensus was:

-          CCOPP should draft its own Report,

-          CCOPP should choose with care its words as we wish to enter into and build meaningful relationships with the Government of Canada and the United Nations (i.e. obviously we do not wish to start the CCOPP conversation with GC or UN in a potentially offensive way)

-          The CCOPP Mid-Term Report should be in the nature of “reportage”, showing what has been done, what remains to be done, CCOPP plans

-          The CCOPP Report would be drafted by a smaller working group, complete with any recommendations (such as distribution) and submitted to the larger CCOPPcore group for consideration and decisions.  Accordingly, we set up a Yahoo Group CCOPPunreport to facilitate this.  (Currently, the working group is comprised of Bob Stewart , Tex Albert, David Adams , Gabi Lasko, and Scott Lewis)

-          Strategically, there are times when there is a benefit in using Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace to say or do some things that, for whatever reason, it may be best for CCOPP not to say or do at the time.


o        find individuals who will “champion” the CCOPP Stakeholder Web Action Areas

See Item 6 below.


o        invite Canadian Universities, Colleges and other institutions to join the CCOPP Stakeholder Web

Noted; not discussed.


o        continue discussions on a Culture of Peace News Network in Canada (“CPNN-Canada”), being led by Tom Rippon ( Victoria )

Noted; not discussed.  (Subsequently, a CCOPPfreeflowofinformation Yahoo Group email listserver has been set up to facilitate the discussion of the COP Action Item free flow of information, media issues and CPNN-Canada.  To join, send an email to )


o        coordinate with the World Peace Forum 2006 in Vancouver , with the assistance of Don Grayston ( Vancouver ) and Tex Albert ( Montreal )

Bob to submit a formal endorsement letter.  CCOPP should submit a proposal to make a presentation at WPF.  Tex will continue to act as a liaison, since he has had some involvement.  (Don is not available for this project.)


o        fill the Small/Executive Core Group and Larger Core Working Group, with the input of participants of CCOPP meetings

Noted; not discussed.  (This is a work-in-progress.)


o        develop a list of minimum required reading for newcomers to CCOPP

It is suggested the list at would be a list of minimum required reading for CCOPP members.  Also see Item 8b below.


o        develop input for a recommended agenda for a Second Annual National Culture of Peace/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium at the University of Alberta

See Item 4 below.


o        develop input for a recommended agenda for a Second Peace and Leadership Workshop

See Item 5 below.


o        do some preliminary research on the needs and issues related to “Educating Peace Educators” (i.e. peace pedagogy to guide the establishment of a University program to teach teachers and other potential peace educators how to teach peace), with the assistance of Larry Fisk ( Calgary ) and Deanna Douglas ( Edmonton )

To be done in conjunction with Item 6 below (i.e. the Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada , and the Canadian Peace Education Strategy).


o        develop a strategy for funding CCOPP work

Noted; not discussed.  (This will probably follow from the Marketing Strategy above.)


o        develop a protocol for representing CCOPP and strategic plan on an approach for facilitating developments in Stakeholder Web Action Areas, with the assistance of Paul Nelson ( Calgary ), Tex Albert ( Montreal ) and Shall Sinha ( Edmonton )

See Item 3c above, and Item 7 below.


4.       Planning for a Second Annual National Culture of Peace/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium at the University of Alberta in the fall of 2005 or spring of 2006 (dates to be decided at this meeting).  It will be preceded by a workshop to bring new participants up-to-speed with respect to CCOPP.  The conferencing will also coordinate with the Provincial and National Peace Education Conferences.

The consensus was:

-          there is a definite need for this; take your time; decide when it fits best for UofA in fall or spring (Renee indicated it will not be before November due to other constraints)

-          start with “What can CCOPP do to help UofA?”

-          consider Day 1 – UofA getting their people together/fitting UofA needs; Day 2 – CCOPP “here is how we are …” ; Day 3 – Open Space Technology to go where we need to

-          good idea to hold the Leadership Workshop after: use the Stakeholder Conference as an invitation with respect to governance, then sift data and use what is relevant to us to advance governance and workshop it (Item 5 below)


5.       Planning for a Second Peace and Leadership Workshop.

As per Item 4 above, to follow the Stakeholder Conference, building on what is learned between here and there.


6.       Planning and development of the Canadian Peace Education Strategy, filling Peace Education Gaps in Canada (reference ), and the Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada at McMaster University November 24 to 28, 2005, with the Theme “Peace Pedagogy: Educating Educators to Teach Peace (reference )

Bob stressed the need to find people who wish to “Champion” all these key CCOPP initiatives – keep our eyes open for them; invite them in (many hands make light work).  For example, the case of Gabi Lasko who has highlighted the bully issue – CCOPP can help by providing “the right tools in the right place at the right time” to help.  As a result, we have initiated a Manitoba Culture of Peace Program/Peace Education Yahoo Group email listserver to promote communications.  Someone could initiate an Anti-Bullying Yahoo Group.  Anna, Paul and Dave will look into a Schools Peace Program (note – Leslie Higgins of Hamilton has been working on this and has joined that discussion; this could also be a good topic for the National Peace Education Conference at McMaster).


7.       Update on the Federal Department of Peace Initiatives (Saul Arbess):

o        Including a discussion on the potential relationship of CCOPP with a Federal Department of Peace and other recommendations

Saul provided an update on the Victoria Working Group initiative, and the Civilian Peace Force initiative who have agreed to work to merge similar proposals.  Predictably, Minister of DFAIT Pettigrew indicated that “most of the things the federal government is already doing”.  Newly appointed Senator Romeo Dallaire could be an ally.  The consensus was:

-          CCOPP take care to build a relationship with the Federal and other Governments; “there are no enemies”; be guided by developing protocol (reference ; we have now set up a Yahoo Group email listserver to facilitate communications and development - To subscribe to this group, send an email to:

-          Question for poll and advice to the Federal Government: “to what extent are the implicit goals of the Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program agreed to by the body politic?”  We think a large number of Canadians support.  We can provide a service to the government and Canadians if we can write, “This is what the population thinks …”  A previous poll indicated that Canadians most voted choice was for an international role in peace.  Give people a vehicle, to support at the local level.

-          We must “diarize” our approach to diverse groups, as part of our learning process.  (eg. What we are learning in the Interreligious Dialogue group, led by Tex; not to act alone; keeping Bob informed; Bob to monitor; “countervaillance synergy”.)



8.       Any Other Items

8a Court challenge of federal income taxes to support illegal military acts ( Dave Hubert )

Dave’s highlights: movement against war taxes; starve war of resources; making me complicit in deaths and murders; the federal government will not address the question, “is the Federal Government abiding by the rule of law?”; will withhold as per Conscience Canada, and put into trust for a Culture of Peace; will launch a legal challenge; there are legal alternatives for conscientious objectors that the federal government should allow; it will be helpful to have support.


8b Book club (Renee Vaugeois)

Renee will initiate this (she has subsequently initiated a poll).  Bob asks that members type up highlights of important peace books they recommend for posting on the web site.


8c Next meeting

Dates for a next meeting were left open until we move things along.  July 8 to 19 was noted as a likely window of opportunity so as not to lose momentum – a lot was accomplished at this meeting, for example.  It would likely be at the University of Calgary or UofA. 

Closing comments by participants took the time and stressed the positives: we are making good progress; heading in the right direction; excellent meeting; good; solidifying; working well together; slow and deliberate is good; encourage community liaison persons, with communities to sign on/endorse; remember to talk about peace as a health issue (particularly when talking to government); encouraged.  Alan Blanes will email information about the UNESCO leadership training program.  Thanks to everyone for participating and conducting such a worthy meeting.  

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Bob Stewart
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