Locally and around the world, new strategies to protect human rights and promote peaceful conflict transformation are in action. Nonviolent peacekeepers are in demand. In this six-day course, you will develop skills to build relationships that can support conflict resolution and protect human rights defenders, both in Canada and abroad.
UCP involves the use of trained peace professionals who use the principles of nonviolence to provide direct physical protection to civilians in a variety of contexts. Some of the strategies used include protective accompaniment, creation of safe spaces, proactive presencing, interpositioning, monitoring and reporting, and relationship building.
This citation program is being offered in collaboration with Nonviolent Peaceforce, a major global organization that employs UCP strategies in several areas, including the Philippines, South Sudan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Iraq.
The course will involve virtual linking of students here at Selkirk College with students taking the UCP course concurrently in Burundi (Central Africa).
Watch for upcoming session to be announced.
For more information contact Mir Centre for Peace Chair and Peace and Justice Studies Instructor Jennie Barron.
The program will be delivered in English, making proficiency in English a requirement. One year of post-secondary studies, or a minimum age of 21 years is recommended.
What can I do once I graduate?
This citation in UCP will enable you to apply for volunteer and paid positions with organizations that specifically hire unarmed civilian peacekeeping personnel. Additionally, this course is helpful for anyone seeking employment in international humanitarian work, as it prepares students with the skills of cultural awareness, communication and violence de-escalation.
Join the Mir Centre for Peace on Facebook to stay connected and learn more about Mir events and programming. Check out the UCP Database for an interactive map and more on UCP around the world.