SUSTAINABLE PEACE: THE FUTURE OF OUR WELL-BEING, ENVIRONMENT AND INSTITUTIONS
Our theme for the 2017-18 academic year reflects the priorities of Dawson College’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021 as well as taking an intentional broad view of Peace & Sustainability. While these concepts are not always seen as related there is little doubt that we, as global citizens, cannot exist on and with the planet without treating the two concepts as necessarily symbiotic.
Be it the ravages of war, industrial corporate greed and/or negligent government policy, a community cannot be at peace if it watches their children’s health decline as a result of polluted water, air and land. In Canada how do we claim peace and safety in our own land when many Indigenous communities across Canada are excluded from access to clean water? Peace cannot exclude justice and equity. Peace must be based in communal well-being. Well-being can only be had through equitable access to a healthy environment.