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Peace Week 2019


It is that time of year. Gear up! Get your calendars out!

The 4t Annual Dawson College Peace Week, presented by the Dawson College Peace Centre, offers you a variety of activities, panels, speakers, workshops and projects based on the Peace Centre theme this year, Lighting the Way Forward.

Daily Activities

September 13th – 21st 

Giving Tree – ALL WEEK, Upper Atrium
Giving Tree is out early this year! Throughout Peace Week we encourage you to give the Financial Aid Food Bank an amazing start to the year to make sure our students have full bellies and focused minds when they are in class. Look for it in the Upper Atrium.

September 16th – 20th

Yoga – 1:00- 2:00, Peace Garden (OPEN & FREE TO EVERYONE)

Meditation – 12:15-12:45, Balcony, Library 5th floor

Dawson Dinin’ – ALL WEEK, Conrod’s (All Students, faculty & staff are invited)
In collaboration with the DSU we are proud to give you 1 full week of free Vegan lunches. Staff, faculty & students, drop off your containers in Conrod’s in the morning and return later to find it filled with homemade, ethical and sustainable munchables!! Drop off your identified containers in Conrod’s prior to 11am and come pick it up after 12 pm.

Speakers : Free & Open to the Public

All of our speakers are a collaboration between the Humanities & Public Life Conference. To reserve for any of the speakers please contact Diana Rice or Daniel Goldsmith or Carl Saucier-Bouffard

September 18th, 11:30 -1pm, 5B.16 Film Screening : Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

Director, Nevline Nnaji Q & A 1-2 pm

Through the personal stories of several former black female Civil Rights activists, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s, as well as the resulting mobilization of black and other women of color into a united Feminist movement.

Reflections Unheard is a feature length documentary, and the first of its kind to focus exclusively on black women’s contributions and experiences during the Civil Rights era.

All of our speakers are a collaboration between the Humanities & Public Life Conference. To reserve for any of the speakers please contact Diana Rice or Daniel Goldsmith or Carl Saucier-Bouffard

September 19th, 2:30pm 5B.16

Keynote Speaker Waneek Horn – Miller

While working for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Waneek Horn-Miller knew process was just as important as results. The inquiry sought to expose the underlying causes of violence in this country—and make recommendations to eliminate them—in a timely, organized fashion. But this had to be balanced with the emotional needs of participants—their deep need to be heard, validated, and humanized. In other words, it needed to grant victims, and their families, the opportunity to heal. In this keynote, Horn-Miller unpacks the hard but necessary work ahead of us if we want to escape our history of conflict and move to a place of shared understanding. If we embrace the true spirit of reconciliation, we need to make it a way of life—a cornerstone of how we proceed as a multicultural society—and not just a destination. To Horn-Miller, this takes listening, and dialogue; it means extending empathy to those with different outlooks, and not shying away from debate; it means solutions-based thinking rooted in our shared aspirations. But if we can do this, we can do something unique in this country. And we can embrace what reconciliation is all about—a way of addressing wrongs, living in harmony, and healing for those who need it most.

All of our speakers are a collaboration between the Humanities & Public Life Conference. To reserve for any of the speakers please contact Diana Rice or Daniel Goldsmith or Carl Saucier-Bouffard

September 20th, 11:30 pm, 5B.16

TWIN Project: Environmental Diplomacy

Dr. Asim Zia, Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at University of Vermont and Susan Sgorbati, Director of The Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College will discuss the inspiration, negotiations and knowledge that contributed to the formation of TWIN: Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network.

TWIN is now working on three transboundary rivers: the Kabul River between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Jordan River between Palestine, Israel and Jordan, and the Kali River between India and Nepal. TWIN’s objectives currently are developing global water quality standards, implementing water monitoring by communities as citizen scientists, training and education, and facilitating negotiations between conflicting interests of groups accessing clean water.

TWIN as a network of networks has an approach that is based on an understanding of complex systems, a convergence of levels of governance and a concern for the impact of forced migration due to climate change.



Reserve your spot with Diana Rice,

September 13th  All three sessions will be hosted in the Colab, 3F.43

Open to Staff, Professionals & Faculty (any educational institution). 

9:30-11:30 Indigenous Research Ethics & Methodologies. Dr. Elizabeth Fast, faculty Concordia University and member of the Indigenous Directions team, will lead a workshop on Ethics & Methodologies when working with Indigenous Research.

11:45- 1:45 Decolonizing the Institution. Terri Suntjens, Director of Indigenous Initiatives, with elder Roxanne Tootoosis, MacEwan’s Indigenous Centre’s Knowledge Keeper, will discuss how they have successfully implemented policy, i.e. Ceremony Policy, in order to decolonize their institution as well as their current strategies and work at the University.

2:00-4:00 pm, Indigenous Pedagogy with Kanerahtiio Hemlock, First Nation Regional Adult Education Centre,in the post-secondary classroom. Come and explore the different ways to incorporate Indigenous pedagogy across the disciplines in a post-secondary classroom.

Sustainability & Peace Workshops, all workshops will be held in 3F.43

Open to Staff, Professionals & Faculty (any educational institution). 

September 16th, Service Learning Projects: Environmental Sustainability across the Disciplines. Light lunch will be served

12 pm – 2pm Join Dr. Gisela Frias and Chris Adam, Director of the Office of Sustainability, on how to design Service Learning Projects across the disciplines that focus on environmental sustainability and engage students in concrete hands-on learning experience.

September 17th Sustainable Wellness practices for the classroom, Light snack will be served

9:30 – 11:30 Join Daniel Goldsmith (Humanities), Mel Doyle (Pysch), Ivan Freud (Religion) and Sarah Cartier (CRLT) who will each introduce a different wellness practice that you can use in the classroom as well as in your own life that can bring a different kind of learning strategy into your pedagogy, and your life. Meditation, yoga, journaling and a sustainable happiness practice are all on the menu!

Food Justice & Active Learning Pedagogy Across the disciplines. Light lunch will be served

12 pm – 2pm Join Dr. Anna-Liisa Aunio, sociology faculty in a workshop to discover how you can incorporate food justice & sovereignty in your curriculum, irrespective of your discipline!

Diversity, Inclusion & Social Equity – Pedagogy & Practice

Open to Staff, Professionals & Faculty (any educational institution). 

September 20th, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Equity in the classroom, light snack will be served

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Shanice Nicole, Diversity and Social Equity specialist will lead a session on what does diversity, inclusion and social equity look like in the classroom. Tools and practices to help shape your curriculum and pedagogy to ensure that all students feel welcome in your classroom irrespective of discipline.

Data, Ethics and Social Justice, Light lunch will be served

12 pm – 2pm Join Fo Niemi in a workshop designed to showcase how to use data, ethically, with your students to demonstrate how systemic bias and discrimination work in the real world. This workshop will help to bring different ideas on how you can design projects for students using data, or data collection while teaching the ethics of using and collecting data, that concretely get at real life social justice issues.


September 17th– 19th the Dawson Gardens

Urban Restoration Part III. Reserve your class for this special experience with Diana Rice.

Come on Dawson! Join the Dawson Sustainability Team & Peace Centre to get dirty in the gardens! Comfy closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting muddy along with a reusable water bottle is all you need! NO prior gardening experience needed! Drop in from 10 am – 3:30 pm daily one of our garden sites to learn through doing, get some exercise, and keep our campus looking like a beautiful urban oasis!

Garden sites: Theatre Garden (behind upper atrium eating area); Conrod’s gardens: Three Sisters and the Microhabitat site; Peace Garden (Westmount side, near entrance to Maisonneuve)


Last Modified: August 27, 2019