Minutes of Yellowknife Peace Cafe Dialogues December 1 to 7, 2010
am writing with a summary of the various “implementation meetings/dialogues”
held December 1 – 7 at the Yellowknife Centre for Teaching Peace and Peace Café.
This list includes items identified for moving the Peace Centre initiative
forward, and does not cover everything that was discussed.
Marie-France Nayer, Catherine Mallet, and Brian McCutcheon volunteered to
facilitate the start up of a Speaker Series. They have put together a call
for interest to present, which will be sent out shortly in a separate email.
It is intended to attract people who are interested in doing presentations
and/or workshops, etc. on any of the various aspects of peace at the individual,
family, community, regional, or world levels at the Peace Centre. We would
love to have events happening throughout the year. If you have something
special to share, we would love to hear from you. [See Invitation to Presenters
A discussion was held about the importance of having our own internal and
external Conflict Transformation Process, since the nature of peace work can
involve contentious and passionate issues. Consideration will be given to
identifying a person(s) to watch for and help facilitate Conflict Transformation
Processes as required.
Consideration should be given to:
General public programs and focussed programs (eg. Specifically for
youth, business, etc.)
Have a variety of programs over time (eg. Speakers; i.e. ensuring a
variety as versus a lot of programs on one topic which may become “dull”)
Workshop on communications; conflict transformation
Implementation Team to identify a short list of key themes to engage the
larger community, without losing the peace focus (eg. Creating peace inside vs.
stress; holistic health and wellness; key life skills coaching; relationships)
A youth initiative connected with the Peace Centre (Taravat Ostovar and
Anke Tuininga are considering facilitating this development; please let me know
if you would like to be involved and I can put you into contact with them)
Reach out to multi-cultural groups (include having cultural groups
putting on events to help improve community connections)
A Peace Music and Arts Festival to raise funding for NWT Centres for
An online presence such as Facebook, Twitter
addition, I am happy to report the following other developments:
If you or your organization would like to be listed in the Inventory of
Peace Organizations/People in Yellowknife and the NWT (see http://www.peace.ca/ykctpinventory.htm
), know of any candidates, or have any corrections, please let me know.
If you or your organization is putting on any presentations, workshops,
conferences, etc. that help build peace at the individual, family, community,
regional or world levels, please let me know so that I can create a Calendar of
I would be interested to know if there are any qualified Life Skills
Coaches in the NWT. If you, or anyone you know, is one, please let me
know. If you think there is a demand for this type of program, please let
me know. (Consider a “Life Skills Coach in Every Community Program”.)
I can arrange for a Life Skills Coaching Presentation for the beginning of
February if there is interest in learning more.
I will be putting together a call for expressions of interest for the use
of the second floor shortly. If you or your organization would like to use
the space, please let me know.
I am looking for parties interested in operating the Peace Café portion
of the building. If you know of any, please let me know.
We have created a Meditation Room on the 1st Floor, available
to anyone who wishes to use it. Please telephone my son Bob Stewart at
445-3565 to ensure someone is there to open the space.
anyone who was at the meetings recalls anything that I may have missed, please
let me know. As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions, thoughts.
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would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Peace-full
Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.
Yellowknife Centre for Teaching Peace
Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace
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