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Workshop: Digital storytelling for international students

WHEN: November (exact date TBD)

PARC Community of Practice Commitment Leader, Geetanjali Gill, will be hosting a digital storytelling workshop for international students. If you're an international student who has been in Canada less than 4 years and are interested in learning hot to digitize your own personal journey, contact Geetanjali.Gill@ufv.ca to sign up.

Limited space available - register now! Must be a current UFV student.
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Holocaust rememberance: A conversation with a Holocaust survivor

WHEN: Wednesday, November 23 @ 4:30pm
WHERE: B101, Abbotsford campus

Join this conversation with Holocaust survivor Alex Buckman and Dr. Sebastian Huebel (UFV History Dept.) in honouring the victims of Nazi persecution. Witness a personal and powerful story of survival and courage while learning and reflecting on how we can engage in meaningful ways to build a better world.

Free admission. Reserve your seat on Eventbrite. The event is presented by the UFV History Department and sponsored by the UFV Peace and Reconciliation Centre and College of Arts. 

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Peace Talk: Love in the time of fentanyl

WHEN: Thursday, November 24 @ 530pm
WHERE: B101, Abbotsford campus (in-person)

WARNING - Drug use is shown in video

A group of misfits, artist, and drug users operate a renegade safe injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Love in the Time of Fentanyl is an intimate portrait of a community fighting to save lives and keep hope alive in a neighbourhood ravaged by the overdose crisis. 

80-minute documentary film followed by a panel with special guests from the film. Everyone welcome. Directed, edited and produced by Colin Askey

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Peace Talk: Genocides across time and space

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30 @ 1pm
WHERE: Zoom (registration below)

Efforts by one group to eradicate another have been all too common in human history. Understanding how people have justified such atrocities can help us better prevent their reoccurrence; and through an examination of the what happened we can hopefully help lay the foundations for healing and ultimately reconciliation. In this Peace Talk we will be examining genocides from across time and space, looking at what makes them distinct, and at what makes them all so tragically similar. The genocides under discussion are: The Holocaust/Shoah, The Stalinist purges, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Californian Massacres of Indigenous people.

Panelists: Dr. Keith Carlson, Dr. Steven Schroeder, Dr. Sebastian Huebel, and Larissa Horne

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Past events

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Peace Talk: Why intimate partner violence isn't reported

Dr. Amanda McCormick (UFV professor), Lisa Faria (APD Detective), SARA for Women, and Archway Community Services host a panel presentation, with Q&A to follow, on the barriers to reporting victimization. In Canada, every two days a women or girl is killed as a result of femicide from intimate partner violence. What can we do to change it? Where can victims get help? 

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Peace Talk: PACS students - Transforming our communities

Presenters: Katelyn Van Hove - Restoration in a fractured community
                 Amanda James - Child welfare in Indigenous communities

Moderator: Steve Schroeder, PARC Community of Practice Commitment Leader

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Recognizing and responding to brain injuries among survivors of intimate partner violence in the Fraser Valley (AM)

AM workshops - Findings from the research with Fraser Valley service providers and CRIDGE IPV-BI direct services: Realities, barriers, and solutions of support in practice.

The workshops combines the findings of a research study on service provider recognition and response to brain injuries among IPV survivors along with examples and practical tips that can be considered or adopted in future practices.

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Recognizing and responding to brain injuries among survivors of intimate partner violence in the Fraser Valley (PM)

PM workshops - Moving ahead: Exploring brain injury in IPV and Forensic Healthcare: 5Ws of the fast growing science and practice.

The workshops combines the findings of a research study on service provider recognition and response to brain injuries among IPV survivors along with examples and practical tips that can be considered or adopted in future practices.

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Peace Talk: Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine

Perhaps nowhere in the world are local and global geopolitics mixing to create as volatile a situation as in Ukraine. Situated between Vladimir Putin’s re-surgent Russia and a NATO that in recent years seems to have lost its collective sense of purpose, Ukraine is quite literally a country in the middle. Since its emergence as a modern nation state following the fall of the Soviet Union the people of Ukraine have struggled with internal crisis and external threats. Today, as was the case so many times in the past, powerful external forces are seeking to chart Ukraine’s course. To help us understand these issues we have pulled together three of Canada’s leading Ukrainian experts.

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Peace Talk: Climate Migrants and the Global Climate Exodus

Moderators: Dr. Geetanjali Gill, PARC Community of Practice Commitment Leaders.
To mark International Development Week 2022, UFV's Peace and Reconciliation Centre hosted a virtual panel event focusing on climate migrants, and global and Canadian implications and responses.

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Book Launch for: Sema:th Xo:tsa, Stand Like A Cedar, Feeling the Pulse of Poverty

Nicola Campbell, with illustrations by Carrie-Lynn Victor, Stand Like a Cedar (Highwater Press)
Melissa Kendzierski, The Pulse of Poverty (Chilliwack Healthier Community)
Chris Silver, Carrie-Lynn Victor, Kris Foulds and Laura Schneider, and with illustrations by Carrie-Lynn Victor, Semá:th Xó:tsa: Great-Gramma’s Lake (Reach Gallery)
Nicola Campbell, Spílexm: Weaving a Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence (Highwater Press)

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Peace Talk: PACS Student Field Work Presentation - Restorative Justice and Housing in the Fraser Valley

Moderators: Steven Schroeder, PARC Community of Practice Commitment Leaders.
Presenters: Katelyn Van Hove - Evaluating Restorative Justice Work in Abbotsford, BC and Kayla Fisher - The Walls Around Us: Housing Programs in Mission, BC

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Peace Talks: Renaming and Destatuing - Challenging History in the Age of Reconciliation Building

Host and Moderator: Professor Keith Carlson, PARC Director.
Panelists: Prof. John Lutz, George Ironstrack, Prof. Omeasoo Wahpasiw, and Prof. Brian Hosmer

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The Afghan Refugee Crisis: Conflict, compassion, and action

Moderators: Steven Schroeder and Geetanjali Gill, PARC Community of Practice Commitment Leaders.
Panelist: Fatema Ahmadi, Holly Janzen, Mansoor, Abdul, and Jennifer York

Speakers will talk about the lived experience of being a refugee and being resettled, the work of carrying out resettlement, and the current situation in Afghanistan. Participants will learn about actions that are being taken in Canada and elsewhere, and actions that participants themselves can take.
Zoom passcode: 3qx8H*c* 

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Peace Talks: Indigenous Place Names and Hiking in the Fraser Valley

Keynote: Stephen Hui

In his work, Stephen Hui has attempted to be attentive to Indigenous histories, place names and culture. Join us for a discussion of Stephen's new book - Destination Hikes

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Islamophobia: Seeking Solutions for Hate

Eradicating Islamophobia and the systemic structures of racism

“Our heart goes out to the Afzaal family and all members of the Muslim community in the wake of this heinous hate-motivated mass murder. This tragic act of violence tears at the very fabric of our society and reveals that Islamophobia and racism are alive and well in Canada. We know that this crime will cause all members of the Islamic faith to fear for their lives and to feel that they cannot be safe within Canada. We must all do everything we can to counter this and to affirm for Muslims that we are committed to eradicating Islamophobia and the systemic structures of racism.” ~ Dr. Keith Carlson

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Peace Talks: The Kidnapping of Sto:lo Children

The Exploitation of Indigenous Children and their Labour in the Era Prior to Formal Settler Colonialism

Dr. Keith Carlson takes people on a journey into the past where we learn about the exploitation of Indigenous children and their labour in the era immediately prior to formal settler colonialism. He will also discuss some of the remarkable stories of family love and resilience.

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Peace Talks: Dealing with Modern China

Keynote speakersGuy Saint-Jacques, Former Canadian Ambassador to China, 2012-2016

While Canada and China are currently enduring tense relations, it is strategically important to continue engagement. Particularly as Canada tries to negotiate the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Furthermore, also as nations are on an existing path addressing, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, nuclear proliferation etc.

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Peace Talks: The Crown as an Agent of Reconciliation?

Keynote speakersThe Hon. Eva Qamaniq Aariak (CM, ONu), Commissioner of Nunavut

This talk focuses on the role that the Crown plays as a buffer for Indigenous peoples in their relationships with government. Some Canadians might be thinking ‘maybe it’s time for the monarchy to go’ when they see news coverage of the Governor General or members of the Royal family behaving badly. But the Crown has a special role to play in Canadian governance.

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UFV Peace and Reconciliation Centre Launch

Keynote speakersThe Honourable Bob Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN); and The Honourable Grand Chief Steven Point, Chancellor of the University of British Columbia; former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

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When your partner abuses you: practice, prevention & public health crisis of intimate partner violence

February 13, 2020 | UFV Abbotsford campus, lecture hall B101

Presented by the College of Arts and the Peace and Reconciliation Centre, this is the first forum in a three-part series providing an in-depth discussion about domestic violence and its impacts on society. Speakers included: Grand Chief Clarence Pennier (Sto:lo community), Amanda McCormick (director of the UFV School of Criminology and Criminal Justice), Indrani Mathure (Abbotsford Crown Counsel), Michele Giordano (Chair of Abbotsford-Mission Violence Against Women in Relationships), and Catherine Smith (UFV Nursing faculty).


Conflict transformation in Central America: Legacies of civil war, migration, and peacebuilding

October 29, 2019 | UFV Abbotsford campus, lecture hall B101

Cesar Flores and Lizzette Miranda are Mennonite Central Committee area directors operating out of Honduras. They shared reflections and insights from their work and experiences in Central America.


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