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    Learn Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Strategies:

    Protective accompaniment, creation of safe spaces, monitoring & reporting and relationship building.

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In the News

Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping at Selkirk College hosts Peace Cafes

The Mir Centre for Peace and students and faculty of the Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program at Selkirk College are hosting a pair of Peace Cafe events highlighting non-violent approaches to handling conflict. Selkirk College holds the honour of being the first college in the world to offer training in nonviolent peacekeeping.

A $5,000 donation from the Doukhobor Cultural Association will help support students from around the world enrolled in Selkirk College’s Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program.

The Doukhobor Cultural Association continues to work toward their philosophy of peace as they offer up support for Selkirk College's Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program, the first of its kind being offered in Canada.

Leaping into the financial unknown at the upcoming fundraising evening for the Selkirk College Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program will inject an extra dose of excitement into an event that aims to bring an international component to a highly anticipated offering.

In an effort to bring an international element to the upcoming Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program offering, the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace is holding a special fundraising dinner that comes with an interesting twist.

A freak accident involving a firearm took the life of a young Castlegar man almost 33 years ago, but the legacy of Philip Mark Malekow continues to this day.

A terrible tragedy more than three decades ago led to the family of Philip Malekow creating an award that provided an opportunity for high school students to discuss topics of peace. Malekow's legacy has now expanded to work being done by Selkirk College's Mir Centre for Peace and the new Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program.

Selkirk College is helping broaden the scope of peacekeeping by offering a unique program to equip individuals with the proper background to make positive changes in conflicted regions around the world.

Selkirk College is preparing to offer the one-semester Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program -- the only one of its kind in Canada -- starting in January. The program provides those interested in taking a new approach to peacekeeping the tools to make a difference in conflict zones around the world.

Mir Lecture Series presents Tiffany Easthom on Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping: A New Strategy for a Nonviolent World

Join Tiffany Easthom as she addresses a new strategy for utilizing nonviolent strategies to break the cycles of violence in war zones. Tiffany was awarded the 2012 Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year title for her work with the organization Nonviolent Peaceforce. 

Selkirk College Mir Centre Chair Randy Janzen
Randy Janzen, Chair of the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College and Peace Studies Instructor, is currently researching nonviolent approaches for solving political conflicts. He will present his findings at the Annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in October 2013.

What Students Say

suki sawatzky
"I believe learning about Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping is invaluable. You cannot put a price or time limit on beginning to understand the skills which we need to promote a peaceful world to reside in. We all grew up being taught that the world is a cruel place, and this attitude perpetuates the problem. There's only room for solutions, and by learning about UCP we can focus on the skills which all humans need in order to progress as a species."
-Suki Sawatzky 2015, Peace Studies Student
Ashlyn Schwaiger
"I first learned about Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping working with Nonviolence Peaceforce in South Sudan. Having studied conflict and seen the impact of post-conflict zones years after civil war ended, I found it extremely eyeopening to not only learn the theory behind UCP methods, but using those methods on the ground and seeing it work on the ground during violent conflict proved to me that it works. For me, its value lies within the flexibility of the methods, and the ability to adapt those methods when the situation changes.
- Ashlyn Schwaiger 2015, Team Leader working with Nonviolence Peaceforce in South Sudan