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Keynote Earth Week talk addressed struggles for environmental justice in Indigenous and Black communities

May 4th, 2021

Earth Week organizers were able to take advantage of our current online reality by virtually bringing in Keynote Speaker Dr. Ingrid Waldron of Dalhousie University, who is also a graduate of Dawson (Class of 1983, Social Science).

Click Read More for the report prepared by Diana Rice of the Peace Centre and the Office of Academic Development.


Meditation every Monday and Wednesday

April 7th, 2021

Monday Meditation with Daniel Goldsmith

Meditation every Monday 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Meeting ID: 989 2097 3208

Wednesday Meditation with Ivan

Meditation every Wednesday 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Meeting ID: 959 9612 3375

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Earth Weeks are April 19-30

April 7th, 2021

This year, we have added an s to Earth Weeks and scheduled two weeks of events.

Here are some highlights:

Sustainability Programs Open House Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m.

Come meet representatives from colleges and universities that offer Sustainability degrees and/or certificates, including Dawson’s Environmental & Sustainability Certificate.

Beehive Opening Wednesday, April 21 at 12 p.m.

Take a peek inside Dawson’s 4H rooftop hive – and  experience honey bees remotely!

Zoom link:

Keynote Speaker Dr. Ingrid Waldron Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

Author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary, Dr. Waldron recently co-founded the Anti-Environmental Racism Coalition. Organizations in the environmental and climate change sector are collaborating on projects and sharing expertise and resources to address environmental racism in Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities across Canada.

For more info, click Read More to go to the full schedule. To get zoom links and reserve your class, contact


Upcoming Peace Centre events

March 9th, 2021

For any questions related to the upcoming events please feel free to contact Diana Rice, 

March 18 at 10 a.m.: Is the Sun Setting on Western Epistemologies? Nisha Toomey, University of Toronto, OISE will discuss how we can and should challenge the western canon and thought in educational institutions as a meaningful way to engage with decolonization. Open to Faculty & Staff Click here for more information 

March 25 at 2 p.m.: SESSION II: CURATING AND CONTEXTUALIZING CONTENTIOUS CLASSROOM MATERIALS AND CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS with Shana Haines, David Austin and Sabrina Jafralie. Click here for more information.  Open to Faculty & Staff.

March 30 at 2:30 p.m.: Immigrant Settler Responsibilities to Indigenous Peoples in the time of reconciliation, with Deanna del Vecchio (University of Toronto), Nisha Toomey, (University of Toronto, OISE) and Jade Ho (Simon Fraser University) Open to Students, Faculty & Staff. Click here for Zoom link.

March 31 at 1 p.m.: Poetry & the Art of Black Resistance, with Shanice Nicole, Faith Pare, Lindsay Young and moderated by Deanna Smith.  Beginning with a recitation of their works Shanice, Lindsay and Faith will showcase their poetic talents. Following this, Deana Smith will moderate a discussion on the need for inclusion of Black authors and artists as a part of the western artistic & literary canon and how the art is a means of resilience & resistance. Click here for Zoom link  Open to all.

April 6 at 5:30 pm: Leanne  Betasamosake Simpson, scholar, author, activist & artist extraordinaire join us as the final speaker in the Indigenous Climate Justice speaker series  (JAC, Kativik School Board and Dawson Peace Centre).  This series seeks to launch an ongoing discussion around climate injustice. Focusing on Indigenous climate action and pursuits of justice leads us to re-imagine how we conceive of, envision, and tackle the climate crisis. For the link to this speaker talk, please visit :, it will be provided on this site starting 2 weeks before the talk. For any questions, please contact Diana Rice, . Open to all.

Ivan Freud will be offering meditation sessions on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1 p.m.!
Here is the link to Ivan's Wednesday meditation sessions:

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Coming up at the Peace Centre

February 9th, 2021

Starting Feb. 15, Meditation Monday's 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. with Daniel Goldsmith. This will run throughout the semester. We will also post a pre-filmed meditation video for folks who cannot make the live session: Meditation Monday’s with Daniel Goldsmith – Peace Centre

Feb. 15: Sticky Settler Colonialism with Nisha Toomey, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. open to staff, faculty & students

March 18: Is the Sun Setting on Western Epistemologies? 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. open to Staff & Faculty

March 25: Session II Curating and Contextualizing Contentious Classroom Materials and Challenging Conversations, with David Austin and Shana Haines, moderated by Sabrina Jafralie. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Open to Staff & Faculty

The Resistance & Resilience art exhibition is still up and teachers can request virtual tours from Rhonda Meier.


After “Rebellion” students discuss climate change at Feb. 18 panel

February 9th, 2021

Five inspiring Dawson students and alumni will discuss their views and actions on the Climate Crisis at the Environmental Seminar at Dawson (virtually) on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.

The 2019 climate march was featured in an episode of David Suzuki's The Nature of Things entitled "Rebellion". The mobilization of the College was spearheaded by the Green Earth Club. Students will discuss their involvement in the march as youth activists and present their current projects.

Presentations will be followed by a Q & A. This panel is being moderated by Brian Mader and introduced by Anna-Liisa Aunio. Please watch the episode Rebellion, which is available free on CBC Gem here:

E-mail to book your class for the panel.

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Peace Centre update

November 19th, 2020

Diana Rice, Coordinator of the Dawson College Peace Centre, is back on duty after 11 months of maternity leave.

“I am excited to get back to work, dream big and continue to collaborate across the College with faculty, staff, professionals and management,” Diana said. “I will begin to plan online Peace Centre activities for the Winter Semester. As always, I welcome the whole community to contact me with your ideas or requests for support.”

Dean of Academic Development Catherine LeBel has also assigned Diana a supporting role as a pedagogical counsellor to faculty involved in certificates.

“We are happy to have Diana back and grateful for the service of Ildikó Glaser-Hille,” said Catherine. “Ildikó ​ did a great job as the interim programming coordinator of Dawson’s Peace Centre. She followed through on Diana’s plans and also made her own unique contribution to the mandate of the Peace Centre. It was a smooth and fruitful collaboration.”


Peace Centre Update

November 3rd, 2020

The Peace Centre has had a busy last few months, and the semester is barely at its halfway point. On Sept. 14, the Peace Centre launched its annual Peace Week, Continuing the Conversation: Reimagining, Rebuilding, Reconnecting. Like everything else this school year, we had to adapt to the changing environments and host Peace Week 2020…


Resistance and Resilience opens Oct. 8

October 7th, 2020

Following the success of Skénn:en: Peace and Decolonization (2017) and Queer and Peace (2018), Diana Rice (Programming Coordinator, Peace Centre) prophetically conceived of a project that would provide a space for those voices traditionally unheard and often ignored: Legacy and racialized immigrant communities. Once again collaborating with Rhonda Meier of the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery, the work began in 2018 to create a platform for artists to display their experiences of racism and systemic oppression.

This vision is brought to life in Resistance and Resilience. Click Read More for the homepage news story.


Peace Week continues until this Friday

September 22nd, 2020

Peace Week continues until Friday, Sept. 25.

Click Read More to go to the schedule.

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Last Modified: May 4, 2021


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