The Mir Centre for Peace builds cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. Our lecture series, trainings, workshops, films, research, and collaborations with community organizations help advance peace and justice both locally and in our wider world.
Mir Student Awards
Each year, the Mir Centre awards a grant of $1,000 to a student who is actively engaged in work and/or learning that aligns with the mission of the Mir Centre for Peace – understanding and building cultures of peace.
With great pleasure, we awarded this year’s Mir grant for 2021 to Alexandra Buhr. In her application, Alex described her commitment to inclusion and anti-oppression within the realm of birth work. Her dream is to become a midwife, and en route to that goal, she intends to pursue training and certification as a doula. She wrote of her commitment to providing “cost-accessible, culturally safe, and barrier-free doula services to birthing people in my community during their labour, delivery, and postpartum paths.” On behalf of donor representative Carolyn Schramm, we congratulate Alex and wish her all the best in pursuing her dream of helping others in this way.
Our first-ever recipient of the Myler Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship in Peace & Justice Studies is Greg Elliott.
As a mature student returning to college after a couple of previous starts, Greg applied himself admirably and with passion, earning top marks, as well as a newfound sense of possibility for his future.
“I never expected to follow an academic path, but since returning to college and meeting some incredible instructors, I have been filled with determination to work for what is right and sane in the world. Whether these initial steps lead to working in politics, law, or environmental advocacy, I will be forever grateful to Selkirk for giving me a new sense of purpose.”
Promoting Learning and Dialogue in Our Community
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In observance of Truth and Reconciliation Week, join the Mir Centre for Peace and Indigenous Services for the screening of the film We Were Children at our Peace Café.
Mir Lecture Series
Be challenged and inspired by engaging and provocative speakers presenting on a wide range of topics, from decolonization, disarmament, and Canadian foreign policy to climate action, gender justice and more.
Peace & Justice Studies
Earn a Liberal Arts Diploma in Peace & Justice Studies by studying nonviolence, social movements, civil resistance, conflict analysis, conflict transformation, environmental justice, international development, human rights, restorative justice and leadership for peace...
Check out our courses
Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping
Learn new strategies to protect human rights and promote peaceful conflict transformation in Canada and around the world. Support Gandhi's idea of Shanti Sena (Sanskrit for "peace army") by becoming part of the growing global movement for nonviolent change.
Global Database & Stories
The Mir Centre for Peace vision began in 1966 when Selkirk 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.
Team Mir 2021-2022
Chair of the Mir Centre for Peace
Dean – Allison Alder
Chair – Jennie Barron
Administrative Assistant – Caroline Barabonow
Mir Advisory Council
Community members – Sumika Motoki, Gerry Rempel, JJ Verigin, Fred Makortoff, Jos Sharp
Internal college members - Leah Lychowyd, Todd Kettner, Pablo Pastor, Shana Rablah and Sarah James
Ex-officio members - Allison Alder, Rhys Andrews, Angus Graeme, Duff Sutherland
Lecture Series – Morag Carter, Todd Kettner, Leah Lychowyd, Duff Sutherland, JJ Verigin
Peace Cafes – Allison Alder, Noah Cannon, Aaron Korbacher, Linda Merlo, Sumika Motoki, Pablo Pastor, Toinya Sammartino, Jos Sharp, Duff Sutherland
Community Engagement – Tyler Ballam, Sarah James, Aaron Korbacher, Fred Makortoff, Jos Sharp, Shana Rablah
Building & Grounds – Bronwyn Krause, Fred Makortoff, Gerry Rempel, Linda Wilkinson, Peter Wood