Over the past few years, the Peace Network for Social Harmony has met and collaborated with numerous partners working in the field of diversity and inclusion, including grassroots organizations, cultural and educational institutions, businesses, government, etc. We discerned that these partners rarely have the
opportunity to meet with one another in order to share data, knowledge, experience and practices, and to discuss issues they have in common.
In order to respond to these needs in the field, the Peace Network implemented a long-term project which aims to facilitate collaboration and increase efficiency and effectiveness, in order to generate a greater impact in society.
Since 2015, the Peace Network for Social Harmony has coordinated Peace Days, an initiative inspired by the un International Day of Peace. From mid-September to mid-October, with the contribution of a tremendous variety of partners from sectors including community, culture, education, and philanthropy, the Peace Network presents an array of activities that allow Montrealers to reflect on and actively contribute to peace-in-action.
For more information, visit the Peace Days.
Martin Luther King Day
Commemoration of the values and work of Martin Luther King, with panel discussion and networking.
END OF JANUARY
Muslim Awareness Week
Commemoration of the attack on the Grand Mosque of Quebec (January 29, 2017), with a week of activities such as screenings and discussions, panels, commemorative events, exhibitions, intercultural and interfaith events.
END OF MARCH
Action Week Against Racism
Celebration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, with a week of activities to fight racism and promote a more just and harmonious society.
Cuisine ta ville
A biennial artistic and social event providing space for human encounters and exchanges, covering issues related to migration from a perspective of social peace and mutual recognition.
International Day for Living Together in Peace
Grounded in the collaborative efforts of participating organizations, this day highlights initiatives that contribute to vivre-ensemble, centred on the respect and embracing of difference, with resulting synergies among participants and stakeholders.
November 25th to December 6th
12 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women
a unique opportunity to collectively reflect on sustainable solutions for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Tools of Peace
A network of community organizations that works to prevent violence in our society and to create synergy between stakeholders. The organization aims to share best practices, provide opportunities for collaboration, and develop a stronger voice for those working in the field. Since 2015, the Peace Network for Social Harmony has helped to provide a coordinator for the Tools of Peace network as a way to support the achievement of their mission.
PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
The Network is working on the creation of a Peace Building that would house professional and community-based organizations, both as a means of fostering collaboration and synergy, and to send a clear message about the value of peace in our society. The Peace Building will be a place where:
· field experts from a multitude of NGOs work side-by-side;
· mediators practice their dispute resolution and conflict prevention work;
· academics conduct research and exchange findings;
· stakeholders are trained in evidence-based strategies and tools.
The Peace Building will provide common spaces for the different stakeholders, including a reception area, meetings rooms, training facilities and an eating area. These spaces will foster opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and best practices. In addition, the Peace Building will help reduce overhead costs, through the sharing of resources such as a receptionist, graphic artists, and translation services. Once it becomes a reality, the Peace Building will generate significant efficiencies and will increase social impact.
THE ETHICS OF COMMUNICATION
IN SCHOOL SETTINGS
IN THE WORKPLACE
Work occupies an important part of our daily lives, so we must nurture a caring and supportive work environment. Healthy and peaceful communication is undoubtedly one of the elements that can improve the well-being of employees. We want to offer workshops that provide an opportunity for reflection on the importance of communication, different manners of communicating, and implied ethical questions.