Saturday at Athabasca University


10:00 - 11:00 International Peace and Security; Rejecting Violence

Personal/Inner: One peacebuilder’s story of his personal journey

            David Swann worked in South Africa during apartheid and concluded that health conditions are very close to human security. Unless all are secure, none is safe. He is active with Physicians for Global Survival on creating conditions for peace and has visited Iraq a number of times. Is currently advocating that the Canadian armed forces strengthen our capacity to bring greater security and peace to others, a distinctive role from that of the US.


Community/Family: Impact of Family Violence on Children

            We will concentrate on the impacts and effects of family violence on children and what we can do to       help children cope and become strong adults. We will also focus on what we can do as a community to         assist children and their families who are dealing with family violence.

            Carol McArthur, MS, RSW has worked with and for community agencies for over 25 years in a variety of roles such as consultant, facilitator and educator. Areas served include Persons with Disabilities, Family and Community Support Services, and the Prevention of Family Violence. As well as being the Program Coordinator of the Community Social Work and the Community Health Representative Programs at Portage College, Carol is one of the trained facilitators in Children Exposed to Family Violence through the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.


In/Formal Education: Peace and Conflict Studies at Universities

            A summary of peace and conflict resolution-type programs and courses available in Alberta; peace             studies programs in Canada, a very good list of functioning programs throughout the USA, and a short-list of what might constitute the best five or so programs in the world, why, and with what    curriculum. Discussion on "what are the issues and content of such programs which make them truly significant?"

            Larry J. Fisk is Professor Emeritus, Political and Peace & Conflict Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, NS); Past President, Canadian Peace Research & Education Assoc: He is currently tutoring students of Storefront101; teaching MEd students at U of C; and working for establishment of a peace centre at U of C and a Global Studies program at Athabasca U.

            Erin Gionet is the Co-ordinator of the Dr. Irma M. Parhad Programmes at the International Centre of U of Calgary. One of her duties is researching peace studies programs for the Campus Committee for Establishing a Peace Centre at U of Calgary.


Global/National: Disarmament and De-militarization

            Doug Roche, former senator, author of "The Human Right to Peace" , Canada’s ambassador for disarmament 1984-1989, Chairman of the UN Disarmament Committee 1988, recipient of UN Association’s Medal of Honour and the Papal Medal for service on disarmament [click here for a summary of "The Human Right to Peace"]


11:10 - 12: 10 Human Rights; Gender Equality; Respect all life

Personal/Inner: Yoga and a more “peaceful” you

            This workshop will be a quiet journey into yourself, as we work through a series of gentle asanas (movements). This workshop will provide participants with a general introduction to how Yoga can be practised and used as a personal and community tool for peace and well-being.

            Val Neaves lives in Slave Lake and works for Northern Lakes College. She has been involved in Peace Initiatives for over 15 years. She has been on many cross-cultural education and community development forays that reinforces her quest to work with others in our journey towards more peace, respect, compassion, understanding and openness in the world. Trained at the Sivanada Ashram in Val Morin Quebec, she was taught that peace begins from a process within and in the ancient Vedantic traditions, yoga is a whole lifestyle of practice

            This workshop is sponsored by Val Neaves.


Community/Family: Children’s Rights and Child Poverty in Alberta

            This workshop will focus on the UN Declaration on Children’s Rights in relation to child poverty in Alberta. In addition to outlining the key points comprising the UN Declaration, the workshop will provide    an overview of child poverty in Alberta, the consequences that poverty has for children, and the effectiveness of recent poverty-related policies and programs in relation to the UN Declaration of Children’s Rights. Participants will explore strategies and actions that can be taken to ensure the rights of children in poverty.

            Dr. Deanna Williamson is an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at U of A. Her key research interests focus on family poverty and she is particularly interested in the implications that policies, such as welfare-to-work, have on the well-being of impoverished families and their members.

            This workshop is sponsored by Dr. Williamson.


In/Formal Education: Advancing Aboriginal Studies

            Linda Bull participated in a group with World Peace Citizens/Diplomats which toured a number of countries in Europe to promote "peace" from Jan.2000 onward. As a result of this trip, they met with the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, and were invited to present at the Hague Appeal for Peace. She has also been involved with the IIPE/International Institute on Peace Education, presented

in some countries, and hosted one in Alberta in '99. Her PhD dissertation is using the peace paradigm from a First Peoples' perspective. Her masters thesis dealt with the legacy of residential schools.


Global/National: Crimes Against Aboriginal Women

            Muriel’s latest work has been in the area of a cross Canada information gathering (2 yr. project) on the             issues of social inclusion, the role Aboriginal Women have in decision making etc. called "Can You Hear Us?" A report on this is coming out in September. Also she's very involved in a research project - Crimes against Aboriginal Women (in conjunction with RCMP. ) One of the objectives of this project is    to change attitudes toward the inordinate number of deaths of aboriginal women.

            Muriel Stanley Venne is a Metis woman born at Whitford, AB who has been an advocate and activist in human rights for many years.  She served on the first Alberta Human Rights Commission and received the Alberta Human Rights Award in 1998 in recognition of her work in this area.  Ms. Venne’s work also earned her the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Justice in April, 2004.   In 1994, Muriel founded the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.  In 1996, Ms. Venne was instrumental in producing "The Rights Path - Alberta", an holistic booklet which outlines Aboriginal Human Rights and "It Takes Courage", aimed at Aboriginal Youth.


1:15 - 2:15 Fostering Democratic Participation

Personal/Inner : Writing for (A) Change

            Will focus on the power of words and how we need to use them to turn things around.

            Carolyn Pogue is the author of 6 books, including "Stories for a New Day: Peace Fables for Everyone." She is a frequent contributor to Canadian Living and The United Church Observer magazines, and enjoys presenting writing workshops for children, teens and adults at the Alexandra Writers' Centre, Calgary, YouthWrite at Bragg Creek and at the University of Alberta. Carolyn has travelled in Israel and Palestine meeting peacemakers there and is a founding member of Women in Black, Calgary. [click here for a Summary Report of Carolyn's workshop]


Community/Family: Alternatives to Violence- on building Consensus

            When decisions are made in families, communities or work groups without inclusion of all members'             thoughts, feelings, and hopes; resentments can and often do occur. This AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) mini workshop will provide a humorous and stimulating opportunity to learn experientially about alternative group decision- making approaches.

            Judy Litke, a volunteer facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) has facilitated workshops in mens' and womens' prisons as well as community and school workshops. She keenly values the experiential learning process used by AVP, particularly as related to team work, community building and the consensus process.

            Diane Charles - The seeds of social justice and Love were planted and nurtured in Diane's life as a child. These have sprouted into interests in political action, anti-racism, community based restorative justice groups including AVP (Alberta) and an occupation in preventive social services, now in Athabasca.


In/Formal Education: Calgary Storefront U - Education on the Streets

            Storefront 101 is a University Entrance program now sponsored by Calgary's Mustard Seed Mission for low-income or homeless persons who have not previously had an opportunity for higher education.   Larry Fisk will talk about the great dedication of planners, tutors, teachers and students who work     together with collegiality and compassion. It is expected that one of the students of Storefront 101   Mary Terek will talk about the difference this program has made in her life.

            Larry J. Fisk is Professor Emeritus, Political and Peace & Conflict Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, NS); Past President, Canadian Peace Research & Education Assoc: He is currently tutoring students of Storefront101; teaching MEd students at U of C; and working for establishment of a peace centre at U of C and a Global Studies program at Athabasca U.


Global/National: Reforming the Voting System

            The choice of voting systems has often been an important part of establishing democratic regimes in             countries torn by civil war.  This workshop will discuss some examples of how proportional representation has aided in resolving conflict, as well as discussing the purposes of the voting reform movement in Canada.

            Doug Bailie is a co-founder of Fair Vote Canada and president of the Edmonton Chapter.  He is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Alberta.


2:30 - 3:30 Sustainable Economic and Social Development; Preserve the Planet

Personal/Inner: Vegetarianism: Just for the health of it 

            The major reasons for eating a plant based diet are health, ecology and compassion. These 3 will be             defined and 2 others emphasized which are spirituality and non-violence. Many of the great pacifists of history were vegetarians and many of the world religions also are based on the practice. There is strong evidence that Jesus himself, being an Essene, was vegetarian.

            David Parker is a vegetarian of 17 years standing and a vegan for 7 of those years. He has a long history as an environmentalist and was the leader of the Green Party of Alberta for 8 years. David became vegetarian initially for reasons of health and ecology but has subsequently learned many more reasons which he hopes to share.

            This workshop is being sponsored by Vegetarians of Alberta Association.


Community/Family: Co-operating with the Land

            Cooperative vs Competitive- A course in Holistic Management has taught me that cooperation in farming the land, benefits family and community as well. When we realize that everything is connected, we can move to a higher level in all of these areas. I will describe my farming experience of moving from a competitive style to an holistic sustainable model. In order for this model to become successful, and have local economies flourish, the community has to become engaged in the process.   I have found that the competitive way of farming craved independence, which sacrificed community. The cooperative model is more dependent and strives to build community.

            Don Ruzicka and his wife Marie have a custom cattle grazing operation north of Killam. Their farm is certified organic and they raise poultry, hogs, and Galloway cattle. In 2003, their farm was awarded the "Excellence In Grazing Management" award from the International Mountain Section of the "Society For Range Management." They also received, in 2003, the "Countryside Canada Habitat Stewardship " award, recognizing outstanding land stewardship, of which 19 were presented throughout Canada. Their farm was runner-up for the Alberta Beef Producers "Environmental Stewardship" award in 2003. Don helped to organize the "Iron Creek Watershed Improvement Society" in 2001and has chaired it for the last three years. The success of their farm is dependent on clean air and water and healthy soil.

            Tom Kraweic operates “deterre Farms” near Athabasca, and Tom has been mentored by Don.


In/Formal Education: “Sustainable Forests: Forestry Stewardship Councils & AlPac”

            Jill Sturdy is currently the Boreal Campaign Coordinator with the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.  Jill completed her BSc in Environmental Conservation in 2000 and has been actively involved with protecting wilderness since 1997. 


Global/National: Sustaining Sustainability: Words and Deeds

            In this workshop we will examine the ideas of sustainable development vs.sustainability in the context of international agreements (words) and national practices (deeds).  The workshop will close by examining some practical steps that we, as individuals and communities, can undertake to realize sustainability in the future.

            Sandra Rein, Sandra Rein is the Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Economy at Athabasca University.

            and Dr. Lorelei Hanson, is a professor of Environmental Studies and Human Geography at Athabasca University. In addition to having a broad interdisciplinary environmental education, Lorelei has been an active environmental and social justice activist for nearly two decades. Currently she volunteers with CPAWS, the City of Edmonton's Environmental Advisory Committee and the Nisku Prairie Management Committee.


3:45 - 4:45 Communication: Freedom of Expression and Free Flow of Information

Personal/Inner: Songs for Peace

            We will gather together as a community, within the culture of peace, to share our thoughts and reflect on our time together. Included in this session will be a time to sing and dance, and celebrate our common bond as peace educators.

            Ruth Lomenda is an elementary music specialist presently teaching for the Calgary Board of Education, and the Calgary Waldorf School. She is a frequent workshop presenter throughout North America. Ruth is active within the Women in Black organization and the United Church.


Community/Family: Parent Media Literacy and Managing Your Child’s Exposure to Violence

            Television researcher George Gerber once remarked that “Violence is not an inner impulse gone out of control; violence is a cultural style.” This session deals with the ways media entertainment products are helping to develop and shape our cultural and social values, and explores ways that parents, educators and consumers can mitigate the negative effects of media violence.

            Statistics on violence in the mass media and its actual effects on consumers continue to be interpreted and debated. Whether or not one supports the view that violent entertainment actually causes violent behavior, an important topic for discussion is the need for media literacy skills to deconstruct the media messages we encounter in our daily lives. Audiences of all ages need to be taught to ask tough   questions about the ways mass media make violence exciting and appealing, often linking it with power, pleasure and success. How can we, as concerned members of our communities, begin to counter the pervasive media message that violence is both natural and ‘cool’?

            Sharon McCann, is Manager of Film Classification Services for the Alberta Government and a speaker with the Alberta Association for Media Awareness.

            This workshop is sponsored by Alberta Community Development, Government of Alberta


In/Formal Education: Canada World Youth: Global Perspectives

            A CWY panel will help us focus on developing formal and informal educational initiatives that encourage youth to take active roles as global citizens. What perspectives have we gained through   experience? How has the experience changed our perceptions of media and communication?

            Adam Ungstad was a NetCorps Information Technology program intern on a Saskatchewan / Guatemala CWY exchange in 2003-2004. Adam is currently working in the field of information technology position in Edmonton, and has experience with campus radio.

            Alison Shurvell was a participant on the Burkina Faso / Quebec exchange program in 2002-2003. 

Alison has worked with a number of projects with YouthVolunteerCorps such as mural painting, and has traveled in Australia and New Zealand with her choir.


Global/National: Democracy and media bias

            We’ll examine recent debates on media ownership and bias, and alternative sources of information on issues related to recent wars, weapons manufacturing, and divestment of pension funds. Please bring   any resources that you have on these topics so that you can share them with the rest of the group.

            Dr. Ella Haley, is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Global and Social Analysis at Athabasca University. One of her courses (CMNS385) includes a critique of media coverage of the peace/anti-war movement. Some of her key research interests include the environmental health impacts of weapons manufacturing on workers and adjacent communities, and the divestment of pension funds.


Sunday morning - Round table with members of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre:

Rabbi David Kunin from Beth Shalom synagogue

Bikkar (Randy) Randhawa, a Sikh, currently vice-president of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre, treasurer of Siri Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, St. Albert Rotary Club, and St. Albert Crime Stoppers, member of Sturgeon Community Hospital Bioethics Committee, and facilitator of Kids First Program offered through YWCA of Edmonton. I am professor emeritus of Educational Psychology and Special Education, University of Saskatchewan and adjunct professor of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta. I have taught for 31 years at U of S, including two years at U of Iowa.

Larry Derkach, as a Christian, has devoted much of his adult life to action for social justice. Following some years in international development education, he became engaged in providing social services to those locally who have the least access to resources. For 25 years he worked at Bissell Centre, an Edmonton inner-city agency whose roots are in the United Church of Canada. For ten of those years he worked with youth and families, and then served as Executive Director for 15 years. Both roles involved advocacy with government and quasi-government systems, public education, and challenging the people in the pews to "walk the talk". He has lived in the inner city since 1978. As a layperson, he has been involved in a wide variety of social justice issues through local, regional and national organs of the United Church, as well as in non-church, community-based activities. He is currently past chair of Edmonton Presbytery, the local governing body of the United Church, and is leading a group in his own congregation that is attempting to sponsor the immigration of five teenaged refugees from Sudan. He is currently serving as Director of Edmonton Jewish Family Services.

Carmen Jarrah is a Director of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities. She has been involved in the Interfaith Centre’s program "Walking Together" which brings together families who have children in grades 4 to 6, representing the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. Carmen is a native of Brazil and works for the Sustainable Resources, Department of the Alberta Government.

Friday at Edwin Parr High School


Opening Plenary: What is Peacefulness? 

            with Marie Gervais who is doctoral student in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. She is a teacher with 17 years experience in public schools, having taught almost every subject from kindergarten to grade 12 in both French and English and subsequently three years of undergraduate teaching and student teacher supervision at the university level. Her Masters thesis was about how junior high students make values decisions through process drama and she is currently working in the areas of teacher cultural belief and education for peace. Marie has several publications about peace education and recently conducted a project in Tokyo, Japan at United Nations University to identify the characteristics of peaceful men from 10 different countries, the results of which are soon to be published as a chapter in a book. She is also a practicing visual artist, director of youth theatre, currently directing a play called 'chains', directs the multi-faith, multicultural choir "Ocean of Light" in Edmonton, and works for the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations as francophone educational coordinator. [Click here for a copy of Marie's presentation]

                   What is a Culture of Peace?    with Dr. Larry Fisk and Erin Gionet

                        Larry J. Fisk is Professor Emeritus, Political and Peace & Conflict Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, NS); Past President, Canadian Peace Research & Education Assoc: He is currently  tutoring students of Storefront101; teaching  MEd students at U of C; and working for establishment of a peace centre at U of C and a Global Studies program at Athabasca U.

            Erin Gionet is the Co-ordinator of the Dr. Irma M. Parhad Programmes at the International Centre of U of Calgary.  One of her duties is researching peace studies programs for  the  Campus Committee for Establishing a Peace Centre at U of Calgary.


A. Co-operative Games and Fair Play Codes

            Participants will enjoy playing some co-operative games.  This workshop will also  include some discussion about violence  and the nature of competition in sports, and Fair Play codes.

            Paula Evans  is a retired high school science teacher with a special interest in outdoor education. She taught at Edwin Parr High School for 6 years before retiring after a 27-year teaching career in total.  She was recently elected to the Athabasca Town Council.


B. Being ArtsSmart

            There will be a brief introduction to the innovative ArtsSmart program and way of learning, and the difference it has made to the enthusiastic participation of students at Caslan School.  People in this workshop will enjoy a hands-on experience with the artist-in-residence and the Metis traditional dance instructor and students.  

            Tim Murphy,  took up being principal at Caslan school this fall.  Kelly Waters is the curriculum advisor, Doreen C. is the artist-in-residence, and Gerald White is the dance instructor. The Buffalo Lake Metis Dancers are a group of students from grades 6-9 who have been performing for just about a year, and will be showing their abilities at the “Entertaining Peace” concert in Athabasca on Friday, Oct.22.


C. Our “Other History” and the Legacy of Residential Schools

            Join a “sharing circle” to learn what native residential schools were and what it means to be a “survivor” of the residential school system, and what the impact has been on aboriginal families, culture, language, and relationships with non-aboriginal peoples.  How can we work towards healing and reconciliation?

            Linda Bull participated in a group with World Peace Citizens/Diplomats which toured a

number of countries in Europe to promote "peace" from Jan.2000 onward. As a result of this trip, they met with the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, and were invited to present at the Hague Appeal for Peace. She has also been involved with the IIPE/International Institute on Peace Education, presented

in some countries, and hosted one in Alberta in '99. Her PhD dissertation is using the peace paradigm from a First Peoples' perspective. Her masters thesis dealt with the legacy of residential schools.


D. Creating Safe Schools for Students of All Faiths

            Participants will discuss issues related to understanding and addressing issues and concerns related to faith.  This session will also focus on how issues related to faith are important in establishing safe and caring schools and communities for all students.  This interactive workshop focuses on incorporating participants’ experiences and ideas. Come prepared to   participate!

            Joni Turville, currently working dual roles as the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) Coordinator for St. Albert Protestant Schools and the Program Manager for the Society for Safe and Caring Schools, she brings a wide     range of educational experiences to her sessions.  She has taught all grades and subjects from 1-6, including special   education and combined grades, and has worked for the past four years in administration.  Her sessions focus on interactivity and practical strategies.


E. “Beneath the Surface: Fresh Thinking on Water”

            The Athabasca River flows through seven different ecoregions in Alberta, and is the longest undammed river on the prairies.  Should it stay that way? What are the pressures of development on this river and others? We will explore these questions and raise our water awareness in this UN International Year of Fresh Water as the “Beneath the Surface” expedition participants tell the story of their journey on the Athabasca River with slides or video.

            Don Van Hout, Jeff Couillard, Andy Adamson and Max Rioux paddled the Athabasca River from Jasper to Fort Chipewayan this summer.  These Mount Royal College students in the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Program believe that through a combination of paddling, river monitoring, documentation and research, they can use this experience to promote watershed management, environmental responsibility, and bring communities together over a common concern.


F. Teaching Anti-Racism through Process Drama

            Based on the premise that human bodies are powerful sites of knowledge, learning, and   transformation, this workshop will demonstrate how process drama could be an effective technique in the promotion of anti-racism education. Participants will get first-hand experience of using role-play, and dramatization, and storytelling as strategies that could be used to expose, challenge, and change racist beliefs and practices.

            Youth Anti-Racism Project (YAP) is a youth initiative that utilizes process drama to identify institutional policies, individual attitudes, and actions that are racist. By offering anti-racism education, YAP seeks to examine the root causes of racism, challenge racism’s hidden motives, and move citizens towards questioning and eventual rejection of racist beliefs, values, and actions.


G. “Bowling for Columbine”

            This workshop is based on clips from the documentary feature by American satirist and social             documentarian Michael Moore that explores the question of why the American pursuit of   happiness is so riddled with massive amounts of violence.  We will explore our perception towards guns in Canada, and what makes our culture different from the US.

            Charles Beamish is a first -year social studies teacher at Edwin Parr High School.


H.  Refugees and Health Care

            If you fled to the mountain jungles because your home and crops were burned by rebels, what would your life be like? Do you think you can be healthy if your country suffers from civil war? or your human rights denied?  Think about these questions and learn about a courageous team of Back Pack Health Workers who work on the border of Thailand to provide primary health care to refugees of Burma (includes a video of their work).  Would you risk your life to provide health care to your fellow citizens?

            Miranda Jackson  is a 2nd year nursing student at University of Alberta. In May 2004 she travelled to Thailand for a month and spent time at a refugee camp with the Back Pack Health Workers team. She was inspired to go by one of her professors from Burma who helped to set up the camp.  Miranda was also a Rotary exchange student to Germany in 2000.


I. Is the Canadian Military Underfunded?

            This workshop will focus on separating the common myths about military spending in Canada and  

             the reality of being among the top funders of the military in NATO and in the World. Are we

             getting a bang for our tax buck? Who is pushing for increased spending? where is the "peace


              Melle Huizinga, a retired teacher , works as a family mediator specializing in parent -teen conflict resolution. He has been a member of Project Ploughshares since 1978 and is a popular speaker on issues of peace, disarmament, and human rights. He strives to live peaceably in his community in Edmonton.


J.  Canadian Foodgrains Bank

            We will review the “hunger hot spots” of the world, discuss what the issues are related to food distribution, agriculture, health and development; and learn how the Canadian Foodgrains Bank works to ease starvation and malnutrition.  Stories from Ethiopia will be shared. There will be an opportunity to brainstorm how you can be involved in local Growing Projects.

            Les Dunford was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.  He visited Kenya and Ethiopia in 1999, and Ethiopia again in 2004 to meet CFGB recipients and learn more about the needs of the people and how they are working to overcome severe food shortages.  He has lived/farmed at Dapp all of his life, and has been editor/publisher with Town and Country for 13 years.


Closing Plenary:  Ross Sheppard High School Youth Coalition for Justice and Peace

            The goal of the student-led Coalition is to raise awareness and money for disadvantaged people, locally and worldwide. Founded by 4 students 2 years ago, growing to 20 students, they have organized major events like a Peace Week, a current events newsletter in international affairs, fundraisers for landmines clearance and school lunch programs, blood donor clinics, and a    symposium on the war in Iraq.  They have also held rallies, made speeches, and spoken to the media in support of public education.

            Anna Hopkins and Charlotte Dibden  are student leaders of the Youth Coalition, and in Grade 12.


3:30 - 4:30 ELECTRO-SHOCKING DISSENT: Canadian Police Education & Public Protest
Luis will offer a testimonial as a survivor of police & military brutality, and a brief description of Amnesty International mandate & work.  Given the importance of the great narrative of security and the serious social implications of the new additional Canadian police powers under the post 9-11 security legislation, and the significance of the rights of the peoples in the North and in the South to protest oppression and injustices without fear of police, the presentation will focus on popular public demonstrations in Canada where the protesters met different responses from the police. We will gather experiences on demonstrations from the workshop participants and we will ask questions such as: What form of education do police receive to respond to public protests? Can police defend the rights of protesters to protest and go against possible political interference or their own social reproductive function?.  Luis will present data from recent research done on Canadian police programs and their appropriateness to educate police to face public dissent.

            Luis D’Elia is a former prisoner of conscience from the Argentina of the 1970’s.  A Clinical Biochemist Doctor when he and his wife Alicia were imprisoned for their social justice work, Luis started to volunteer in Amnesty International when he came to Canada with wife and first son, Arturo. Luis and wife have been with the organization for 25 years. Since the 90’s Luis became part of the national coordination team of Amnesty International Canada. With a teaching certificate (Alberta) and three university degrees, Luis completed a Master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies-Adult & Higher  Education (University of Alberta), worked as a teacher (Alberta) and at the U of A in research and in teaching. Luis has also has been volunteering in different NGOs and is presently working on human rights educational projects overseas. Luis paints on canvas, plays in a Latin American band (Edmonton), and dances Latin folk and tango with his wife.


            OR   Ugandan Experiences of Conflict

Timothy Mankango  is a trainer in information technology. Dorothy Nampala who is an advertising executive with the East African newspaper, and Aggrey Bulamu, an artist painter. They are  all from Uganda and are here under the auspices of United Religions Initiative (based in California) at the invitation of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre.  They are very much involved  in interfaith work, and are skilled leaders in conflict resolution.