Minutes of Yellowknife Peace Cafe Dialogues December 1 to 7, 2010

Hi,

I 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 at http://www.peace.ca/ykctpeventinvitation.htm

·         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:

o   General public programs and focussed programs (eg. Specifically for youth, business, etc.)

o   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”)

o   Workshop on communications; conflict transformation

o   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)

o   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)

o   Reach out to multi-cultural groups (include having cultural groups putting on events to help improve community connections)

o   A Peace Music and Arts Festival to raise funding for NWT Centres for Teaching Peace

o   An online presence such as Facebook, Twitter

 

In 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 Peace Events.

·         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. 

If 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.  Please forward this message to anyone who you think may be interested.

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I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Peace-full New Year.

Regards,

Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.

Facilitator, Yellowknife Centre for Teaching Peace

Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

stewartr[at]peace.ca

867-873-5595

http://www.peace.ca/yellowknife.htm

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