“What is the vision of
the programming side of YKCTP, and time line?”
The complete answer to this question will be subject to the
input received from the community. Here
is a potential scenario to initiate the dialogue:
Identify what peace education programming is currently available and planned in Yellowknife (by level – individual, family, community, region, world levels):
Who is delivering peace education programming?
Develop an online inventory.
What are they delivering?
Develop an online catalogue.
When are they delivering?
Develop an online calendar.
How can we promote what is currently available?
(Note – we do not wish to duplicate what is already available in
the community; we do wish to develop a formula with Presenters in which
YKCTP may earn a share of Registration Fees for services rendered in
organizing and promoting, etc.)
Identify a prioritized wish list of peace education programming suggested by existing organizations and people.
Identify preliminary Marketing Strategy and target markets, etc. Ultimately, it is the goal that Presenters and YKCTP are paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. In the beginning, some volunteerism and discounting may be necessary until a sustainable stream of revenues and/or sponsors is secured.
organizing a regular Speaker Series and Workshop Series by soliciting
Expressions of Interest by existing organizations and people.
A Registration Fee structure would be determined with the Presenters.
inviting trainers from outside Yellowknife who can train local people to put
on key training.
Organize a significant workshop or conference (I am thinking approximately 2.5 days +/-) with a theme like the following: A venue for the discussion of a Yellowknife Culture of Peace Program (or "Yellowknife Peace Initiative"), leading to the development of a Vision and Action Plan for a Yellowknife Culture of Peace Program, following the principles of the United Nations Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program.
is Yellowknife currently on the spectrum between a Culture of Violence and a
Culture of Peace? What are the
issues? What are our community
assets that we can build upon?
does the community wish to be in 10 years? What
will Yellowknife look like in our vision for 2020?
are the gaps that need filling?
do we have to do more specifically to go from where we are to where we wish to
are the priorities?
a Shared Vision.
an Action Plan, with time lines and Implementation Teams responsible.
the Action Plan from 6(g).
Possible Time Line
Subject to people identifying themselves to serve on
respective Implementation Teams, the following is possible:
Items 1 to 3 above can commence immediately and developed over say
3 months. The resulting inventory,
catalogue, calendar, wish list and Marketing Strategy will be constantly updated
and refined, as a living document.
Item 4 and 5 above can be started immediately.
Item 6 could be done as early as January 2011, or when the
community feels ready. Item 7 would
Note to reader: I have drafted the above and would
appreciate your help to ensure all important aspects are covered.
If you have any questions, or require further clarification, please do
not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to your thoughts.
Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.
Facilitator, Yellowknife Centre for Teaching Peace
Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace