THIRD ANNUAL PEACE EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN CANADA: RESOURCES FOR PEACE EDUCATORS

NOVEMBER 18 - 21, 2004 McMaster University

McMASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

DETAILED AGENDA & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSWelcome!

Rotary Club of Okotoks

 

November 5, 2004                                                   please print a copy of the Agenda and bring it

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Mainly to coincide with the International Day for Children (Nov 20), we have decided that November 18 to 21, 2004 would be the dates of this year's Conference.  Gary Purdy and the McMaster University Centre for Peace Studies in Hamilton, the Rotary Club of Okotoks, Alberta and Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace have again kindly agreed to co-host the Conference.  Prior to the conference, November 15 - 17, 2004, we will be holding a Leadership and Peace Workshop. Subsequent to this Conference, a National Culture of Peace/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium will follow November 21 to 23, 2004.
 
Conference Theme - "Resources for Peace Educators": the desired outcome is the enhancement of a vision and action (initiated in 2002) to advance peace education in Canada, to help build a world fit for children, in the framework of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
 
It would be appreciated if you would pass this message on to anyone who you feel might be interested.  Instructions for joining the CPIdiscussion email listserve (our communications tool for peace educators in Canada) is posted at the bottom of this message.  If you would like to volunteer to take on anything, please let me know.  Tasks that come to mind include: sponsor/fund raising, home boarding, session recorders, assisting at the Trade Fair, advertising and promotion (regular media and education industry media), participant invitation, entertainment (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening).  I look forward to your response.

Finally, I am very pleased to announce that Registrants at our Conference will get a copy of the highly recommended book "The Human Right to Peace" by Canadian Senator Douglas Roche as part of the Registration Package.  This is a $24.95 value, and 'must reading' for all peace educators. 

Regards, and hope to see you in November,
Bob Stewart, Conference Coordinator
http://www.peace.ca
 
 
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 DETAILED AGENDA & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS  (Draft - November 5, 2004):

2003 CONFERENCE SUMMARY (Draft December _,2003) click here - this is an important page: it has our proposed Vision and Action Plan for Peace Education in Canada that came out of the November 2002 and 2003 Conferences.

Thursday, November 18 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm [Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - "The elders look back toward the young and help them find a future that the elders do not see." - Parker Palmer
This is in celebration of the International Day for Children (which is November 20).  We will have a full day workshop dedicated to "A World Fit For Children": co-designed and led by area youth for youth, the workshop will explore what youth can do to help build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.  There will be lots of time for dialogue among young people.  Keynote Speaker: Gandhi's Empowering Message to Young People presented in Gandhi's Appearance !!  Shall Sinha, Ph.D. 
  A leading Scholar on Mahatma Gandhi & author of 4 books including Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi ; www.gandhikeynote.com 'An Appearance and a Keynote by Mahatma Gandhi', called 'the Father of Non-violence' and also an extraordinary leader, human being and an EDUCATOR.  'A World Fit for Children: what it means and what can and should we do' was the foremost topic in Gandhi's mind all his life. (bio)   Note: while the workshop is primarily focussed on youth, "older people who are young at heart" are welcome to join in the fun ;-)  INVITATION LETTER TO TEACHERS & STUDENTS  A REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS - 5 STAR MUST READING

Thursday, November 18 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm [Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - A social/cultural event  celebrating "A World Fit For Children".  Entertainment: various songs and dance of different cultures related to peace.  Youth are invited to bring and display their peace related art.


Friday, November 19 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm [Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - Concurrent Sessions:

Session A - "Mobilizing Peace Education Resources".   A full day workshop to look at best case examples of classroom (K-12, University and other) resources for peace education currently available and what we need to do to help peace educators attain them.  See background information below for suggestions. 
We will have presenters from Classroom Connections,  Kathryn Sharpe of Peaceful Schools International will present a new resource entitled Peace@School , Canadian Peace Education Foundation and more to come (let us know if you have peace education resources available).  At the end of the workshop, we would like to have a clear picture of what education resources are available in Canada, and what we need to do to obtain and/or expand on them.  Workshop Leader David Adams (past director of UNESCO/UN International Year for the Culture of Peace and professor of Psychology (bio) http://www.culture-of-peace.info )   A REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS

Session B - "Issues and Opportunities for Hosting the International Peace Research Association 2006 Conference".  A full day Open Space Technology conference of particular interest to the Peace Research community.  As you may know, the gathering of hundreds of some of the finest peace researchers and educators in the world in Calgary during the summer of 2006 is an unprecedented opportunity and event, first of all for Calgary but also for the province of Alberta and for Canada. We have such a splendid opportunity to play the role of gracious, supportive and enthusiastic hosts to a large group of people from every continent, to introduce them to Canada, Alberta and Calgary and to exchange with them diverse cultural values, understandings and perspectives, both theirs and ours.  The time to plan for IPRA 2006 is important, and will have a positive impact on peace research in Canada.  Workshop Leader: Judi Richardson, an Open Space Facilitator, and  IPRA 2006 Chair Dr. Larry Fisk (professor in Peace Studies and past President of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association) (bio).  Please read the Letter of Invitation to Canadian Peace Researchers and "Concerned Others".

Session C - "The Culture of Peace News Network - Canada".  A half day, morning workshop to "brainstorm" the creation of a Canadian alternative to "the Culture of War News Networks".   U.N. Resolution A/RES/57/6 Encourages the involvement of the mass media in education for a culture of peace and non-violence, with particular regard to children and young people, including through the planned expansion of the Culture of Peace News Network as a global network of Internet sites in many languages.  This workshop will be of particular significance to anyone who is interested in the media and participating in the creation of a Culture of Peace News Network in Canada.  Workshop leader:  Tom Rippon, Vancouver at avalon100@pacificcoast.net 

Friday evening Social Event being planned for those who are in Hamilton - informal get together at a local Restaurant, near McMaster for dinner (pay as you go).  Target time to get together: 6:15 to 6:30 pm.

The Destruction of Eve, a comedic rock-musical written by Svetlana Zylin, Directed by Cynthia Grant, Music by Connie Kaldor, Assistant Director is our own McMaster student/peace educator and all round good guy Rob Porter.  Friday November 19, 8 PM @ Robinson Memorial Theatre in Chester New Hall at McMaster University.  $12 student/senior $20 general payable at the door.  The Destruction of Eve, written by the late Canadian playwright and noted director Svetlana Zylin, combines a wry sense of humour with an amusing, thought-provoking, feminist take on the biblical myth of Eve.  Mary Magdalene, Lilith (Adam’s original mate), Eve and the Virgin Mary find themselves an involuntary foursome in Heaven’s reception area after each is blessed with a “Holy Summons”.  Forced to wait (literally) on the will of God, they confront one another and deconstruct the myths perpetuated through time. God comes out in all HER glory and "all Hell breaks loose"!


Saturday, November 20 morning: (Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall)

8:00 am - 9:00 am  Registration and coffee/Trade Fair opens
9:00 - Conference begins with Opening Remarks by McMaster University Centre for Peace Studies http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~peace/ 
9:10 - Keynote Speaker:  Hon. Douglas Roche, Senator of the Government of Canada (bio)  http://www.douglasroche.ca  - a presentation on Senator Roche's new book "The Human Right To Peace".
10:00 - Noon -Town Hall #1 - Report from the Provinces on the Status, Progress and Future of Peace Education. 
Co-Moderators: Donald Grayston, PhD, Director, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University (facilitator of the British Columbia Peace Education Conference, bio) and TBA.  As education is a provincial mandate, transformation of the education system to a Culture of Peace must engage provincial education ministries and local school boards, among others.  Reports will be solicited from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta (where we have some known current activity) and any other Provincial/Federal Ministries and Committees that would like to respond, for group consideration.  Participants should also come with knowledge of what is happening in their provinces, and in their schools/districts and share that with the group.
10:45 - 11:00 coffee break/Trade Fair
12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Fair (note - buffet lunch is provided with the cost of registration)
 
Saturday, November 20 afternoon:
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm "The role of Service Clubs in Mobilizing Peace Education Resources".  Keynote Speaker: Charlotte Herlong, Rotary International District 7090 Governor.  Ms. Herlong will bring the perspective of Service Clubs and their contributions (current and future) to peace education at home and abroad, including how we peace educators could partner and build upon each others' skills to advance much needed peace education.  Participants will be interested to hear about the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, and Rotary World Peace Scholars program
1:45 - 3:45 - Town Hall #2 - "Mobilizing Peace Education Resources".  Co-Moderators: Robert Stewart, Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace and the Canadian Peace Education Foundation (bio) and David Adams (past director of UNESCO/UN International Year for the Culture of Peace and professor of Psychology (bio) http://www.culture-of-peace.info ).  Give educators the peace tools and they will do the work.  We will table the results of the Friday workshop for group consideration.  The intended outcome is a clear picture of what education resources are available in Canada, and what we need to do to obtain and/or expand on them.  Discussion will include information, financial and human resources for peace education.
3:45 - coffee break/Trade Fair
4:00 - Keynote Speaker:
Captain Steve France, accompanied by Warrant Officer Rick Kluke, of the Peace Support Training Centre of the Department of National Defence will provide a mission brief on the role of the military in Peace Support Operations (i.e. providing a secure environment) in the context of his experiences as a Military Observer with the UN in both a cold war era mission (UNTSO in the Middle East) and the modern era (Mozambique).  This comparison will clearly show how complex peace support operations are and will provide a context for the peace-building activities that are fundamental to long term and durable solutions for peace. 

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday Evening Social Event planned (mixer - refreshments and munchies) Location: Student Union Centre, 1st Floor lobby/Marketplace.  Entertainment: TBA

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Saturday Evening: Special Pre-release screening of the new movie "Poets Against the War".  Location:  Student Union Centre, 1st Floor, Marketplace.  No cost -- everyone welcome to this 'gala event'.  A fascinating film about the power of poetry and the arts to communicate our feelings about war.


 
Sunday, November 21 morning: (Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall)

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee/Trade Fair
9:00 am - 9:50 am Keynote Speaker:  Gandhi's Message "Finding our personal paths to peace" presented in Gandhi's Appearance !!  Shall Sinha, Ph.D
  A leading Scholar on Mahatma Gandhi & author of 4 books including Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi ; www.gandhikeynote.com 'An Appearance and a Keynote by Mahatma Gandhi', called 'the Father of Non-violence' and also an extraordinary leader, human being and an EDUCATOR.  'A World Fit for Children: what it means and what can and should we do' was the foremost topic in Gandhi's mind all his life. (bio)
10:00 - Noon -Town Hall #3 - Peace
, Leadership and Change Management.  Moderator: TBA .  Leadership and the behaviour of leaders is a controversial subject in peace circles.  We will table the results of the Leadership and Peace workshop for group consideration.  The intended outcome will be a better understanding of the importance of leadership with respect to peace, how leaders might serve better, and how we can hold them accountable.
10:45 - 11:00 coffee break/Trade Fair
12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Fair (note - buffet lunch is provided with the cost of registration)
 
Sunday, November 21 afternoon:
1:00 - 1:45 pm - Transformative learning and transdisciplinary practice.  Keynote Speaker: 
Sue McGregor (Professor of Peace Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University. http://www.msvu.ca/pax/  (bio) ).  Background reading "Transformative Learning: We Teach Who We Are" at http://www.kon.org/archives/forum/14-2/forum14-2_article4.html and "Transdisciplinary practices and research" (the current focus of all work at UNESCO) at http://www.kon.org/hswp/archive/transdiscipl.html . This topic will strike an accord with where a large number of participants may be in their own lives, and provide insight into connecting with our co-learners. 
1:45 - 3:45 - Town Hall #4 - What Do We Want To Do Now To Advance Peace Education in Canada?
Co-Moderators: TBAThe results of this discussion will guide our collective actions over the next year and years.  For example, in preparation for Monday's Action Planning Workshop, among other things we will want to discuss training for peace educators, the possible start up of Distance Peace Education, and resources for peace education (informational, financial, human; Canadian Peace Education Foundation: For a World Fit For Children ,  Canadian Peace Initiative Mission, Vision and Charter of Principles ) . 
3:45 - coffee break/Trade Fair
4:00 - Keynote Speaker:
a presentation by David Adams to bring people up-to-speed on the current status of the U.N. Culture of Peace Program, including National Culture of Peace Programs.   (This will coincidentally be the first presentation of the National Culture of Peace Program/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium.)
4:45 pm - Conference Wrap-up and Closing Remarks by Bob Stewart (Conference Coordinator http://www.peace.ca )

Monday, November 22  - normally we conclude the Peace Education conference with a one day workshop on "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?"  This year, we anticipate that this will be covered in the National Culture of Peace Program/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium that follows from Sunday to Tuesday (ref. http://www.peace.ca/nationalcultureofpeace2004.htm ).  We will pick up from the Vision and Action Plan initiated at the 2002 and 2003 Conferences  (linked in background reading below) , and by the end of the Workshop we will enhance it for all that we have learned in the past year, and the past four day Conference.  Peace Educators are invited to stay on for this.

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REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS:  NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)

I am attaching the following Canadian Culture of Peace Program ("CCOPP") Reports for your information:

1. CCOPP Summary Statement  (in HTML)   (in Microsoft Word)
2. CCOPP Initial Action Plan   (in HTML)   (in Microsoft Word)
3. CCOPP Leadership & Peace Workshop Report (Nov 15 - 17, 2004)   (in HTML)   (in Microsoft Word)
4. CCOPP Organization Network/Stakeholder Web (Draft) (in HTML)  
5. CCOPP Mobilizing Peace Resources (Nov 19, 2004) (in HTML)   (in Microsoft Word)
6. CCOPP Open Space Technology Conference Report (Nov 22 - 23, 2004) (in HTML)   (in Microsoft Word)

and our amazing, 60 page Youth Day Report (Nov 18, 2004) (in pdf)

A great "THANK YOU" to all the participants.  Without you, none of this would be possible.

View Canadian Peace Conf. 2004 - a picture Slide Show by Shall Sinha
View Youth Peace Conf. 2004 - a picture Slide Show by Shall Sinha

Note - for Slide Shows relating to the National Culture of Peace Symposium and the Leadership and Peace Workshop, click on those links.

As a result of this Conference, we have now initiated a Canadian Culture of Peace Program Web site.  Please visit.

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REGISTRATION:

Facilities are limited to 350 participants, so please book early.  Since space at the Conference is limited, registration must be on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, follow the link to http://www.peace.ca/registration.htm 

Drop-in rates are available on Saturday and Sunday.  For individual Guest Speaker presentations: $20.00 ($10.00 for students and retirees).  High school students are always welcome at no cost.  

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BACKGROUND/ISSUES PAPERS

Participants at the Conference are invited to submit articles and papers addressing our Conference Theme - "A World Fit For Children": the desired outcome is the enhancement of a vision and action (initiated last year) to advance peace education in Canada, to help build a world fit for children, and/or Town Hall themes.  It is recommended that you read these articles prior to the Conference.

1. 'A World Fit For Children' Background References

2.  "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?" Background References The Executive Summary Vision and Action Plan from our 2002 Conference.

3. The Executive Summary from our 2003 Conference

4. Draft Canadian Peace Initiative Mission, Vision and Charter of Principles - Subsequent to this Conference, a National Culture of Peace/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium will follow November 23 to 25, 2004.  The draft charter should be considered by peace educators to consider how peace educators might fit into a National Culture of Peace Program in Canada.

5. Proposal for Distance Peace Education, and specifically courses on Peace Psychology, and The Culture of Peace -  I also ask for an indication from people who might like to be considered for "teaching assistance" roles and who might like to be a student in these courses.

6. Leadership and Peace - background information for students of leadership and how it impinges on peace

7. Community Peace Educator - a proposal by the Saskatoon Peace Coalition

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CPIDISCUSSION EMAIL LISTSERVER SUBSCRIBE:

A CPIdiscussion email listserver has been set up to facilitate communications, networking and information dissemination with respect to peace education and the Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program.  If anyone would like to participate in the Canadian Peace Institute/Initiative ("CPI") discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to CPIdiscussion-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . Once sent, then Yahoo will send a welcome letter, and ask that you confirm that you wish to join the listserve.  The confirmation is simply to hit the reply button and send the welcome letter right back to Yahoo.  If you change your mind and decide not to join after all, then simply do  not reply, or you can send an empty letter to CPIdiscussion-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com .  For more information, visit the CPIdiscussion webpage at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CPIdiscussion  .  If you have any problems, contact the list moderator Bob Stewart at
stewartr [at] peace.ca .  You can also read past correspondence on the CPIdiscussion site, once registered.

Join us on CPIdiscussion email listserver for the next round of discussion on peace education in Canada.

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LANGUAGE CONSIDERATIONS:

We recognize how important it is to conduct peace education discussion like this in both of Canada's Official Languages.  Unfortunately, unless we are successful in acquiring funding for interpretation and translation between French and English languages, this discussion will be conducted in English for the most part.  We regret leaving anyone out and will plan to correct this .  (We would love to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor this initiative.)

 

For more information, you may visit our website at http://www.peace.ca/CanadaAgenda2004.htm . You may contact the conference coordinator Robert (Bob) Stewart by e-mail at stewartr [at] peace.ca or visit the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace website at http://www.peace.ca .