The Mir Centre builds and understands cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. Our programs and lectures make a significant new contribution to Peace Studies and Justice Studies in Canada and the world.
Promoting Learning & Dialogue in Our Community
Our two-year Peace and Justice Studies Diploma emphasizes building cultures of peace through interdisciplinary study, conflict analysis and transformation and service learning. Learn more about our Peace and Justice Studies Diploma.
Our nine-month, part-time advanced Certificate in Transformative Justice is particularly geared to working professionals or continuing students who have already completed a degree or diploma of post secondary education. Learn more about our Transformative Justice Advanced Certificate.
We provide many opportunities for members of our community to attend Mir Centre symposiums, lecture series, peace cafés, workshops and presentations. Learn more about out Community Education.
Our Mir Lecture Series has become an important and vibrant part of the Mir Centre’s activities and fundamental mission. The event attracts thinkers and speakers who inspire learning with their diverse understandings of cultures of peace. Learn more about our Mir Lecture Series.
The Mir Story Stretches Back for Centuries
The history of the Mir Centre for Peace began in 1966 when the college inherited the buildings and site, but the rich history of this magnificent piece of land and the people who have lived here, stretches back for centuries.
The Mir Centre was established in 1999 with the mandate of understanding and building cultures of peace through education. "Mir", an ancient Russian word with the complex meaning of peace, community and world, encompasses and defines the following values:
Peace and social justice for the individual, family, community and the world
Respect for cultural, ethnic, philosophical, spiritual, religious and intellectual diversity
Dignity of work and service to humanity
Education and learning which advance these values
It is housed in a restored early 20th century Doukhobor communal dwelling on what once were traditional aboriginal lands. A First Nations arbour and meeting hall and a traditional smoke house are situated nearby.
Learn more about The Mir Story.
Lecture Series Donors Recognized with Special Quilt
Without community support, the Mir Lecture Series is not possible. Selkirk College recognizes the generous donors who help make it a reality with a beautiful hand crafted quilt.
In January, 2014 a group of donors joined together with Selkirk College staff for the unveiling of the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series endowment quilt. The quilt now stands as recognition for all those who helped make the Mir Lecture Series an important part of West Kootenay-Boundary life.
The recognition wall came to life thanks to the USCC Ladies Cultural Interpretive Society who tasked five Castlegar quilters. The quilters involved included: Mary Podzdnekoff, Timmie Jean Tack, Joy Rogers, Paulette Markin and Verna Chernoff.
The quilt is located at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus.