Lanterns for Peace
Peace Studies Certificate
Launch of Dawson Centre for Peace Education
Meditation and Inner Peace
Peace Studies Certificate
Lantern Making
Inauguration of the Peace Garden 2011
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Dawson College has an abiding commitment to peace, both in action and education. This commitment is discernable through the Peace Studies Certificate and the various projects, events, and activities organized and/or co-sponsored by the Dawson College Peace Centre.  The Centre is dedicated to the practical application of peace in our every-day world. Its central pedagogical tenet is using collaborative community project-based initiatives to teach, inspire, and engage people to making a commitment to peace in pragmatic ways. Real solutions to real world problems with compassion, respect, teamwork, leadership and love is the heart of the Dawson College Peace Centre, and the thrust of the Peace Studies Certificate.

Reconciliation & Restoration

The mission of the Dawson College Peace Centre is to achieve peace and nonviolence through education an action. To that end, this year’s selected theme of Reconciliation and Restoration exemplifies our mission, vision and values. This year the Centre will focus on projects and activities that engender healing, understanding, compassion and collaboration. True social change can only come to pass with genuine action firmly rooted in the principles that define reconciliation and restoration. Healing the world is a process and no small feat, however, only through collaborative compassionate community action we hope to effect change.

  News & Events

August 26th: Community of Practice- Faculty- Peace Studies Certificate Meeting, 9:30 am 3F.43

Please come join us for a preliminary meeting of the Peace Studies Certificate Community of Practice.  This will be a collaborative community effort to direct the future of the certificate, as well as provide a faculty driven support system for those teaching in the Peace Studies Certificate.


We hope to see you there, if possible please RSVP with Diana Rice drice@dawsoncollege,qc,ca

August 29th : Welcome Back Peace Studies Certificate Meeting, 10 am -12 pm, room 3F.43

Please join us for coffee, tea and some snacks! Meet some of Peace Studies Certificate faculty & students, find out about changes to the Peace Studies Certificate and all of the amazing activities coming this Fall 2016.

Please try to RSVP in advance to


Peace Week September 13th- 21st: September 14th, 2016 5B.16 at 7 pm, Dr. Samantha Nutt

As part of Peace Week culminating on September 21 on the UN International Day of Peace, a special event called “Projects for Peace” will be held from September 14 to 16 featuring two keynote addresses open to the public. Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada is a medical doctor and peace activist with years of experience in war zones. She is a compelling speaker who will take the stage on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in room 5B.16.

Please come join us! For more information please contact or Donna Varrica

Our full Fall 2016 programming will be released shortly!

Peace Centre: Wall of Peace

The Dawson College Peace Centre: Wall of Peace

MONTREAL, QUE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 - On the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Dawson College, the college inaugurated an "Ecological Peace Garden" in Montreal on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The peace garden is meant as a living memorial to Anastasia De Sousa, the 18-year-old student who was killed and to the courage of those affected by the tragedy. Chief Dominick Rankin presents the peace pipe to four directions, north, east, west and south. (Dave Sidaway / THE GAZETTE)
September 13, 2011 – Montreal Gazette

We are now approaching the tenth anniversary of the Dawson College shooting, and we are looking forward to how we can build a strong and peaceful community. Once again, CRLT students are leading the charge by reinvigorating Messages of Peace campaign. This time we are inviting the whole world to help us achieve 10,000 Messages of Peace. Submit in any language! We are looking for a message from every country. Thus far we have representation from over 55 different countries!  Help us achieve a goal where the wall we are building is buttressed by love and hope for the future. To add your message click here.










Special Thanks

Our thanks to the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation for their generous support, collaboration and seed funding for the Dawson Centre for Peace Education.

Last Modified: August 22, 2016