PeaceQuest KW June 22 Meeting Minutes

 

Present: Emily, Dwyer, Colin, Tony

  • Updates
    • Meeting with Steven from PeaceWorks
      • More locally focused- reducing violence in the communities
        • 3 focus areas
          • Nonviolent conflict resolution
          • “We Days” big events- peace day
          • Peace Builders- Toronto
            • Circles of support for youth offenders
            • Not starting a program like that, but he really likes that model
          • Peace signs project- social media. Get pictures of prominent figures (mainly mayors) making the peace sign to say they support Peace.
            • Will have a twitter event on Jan 15- everyone tweet peace signs
            • Not sure what doing with the hype though, still working on visioning
          • About relationship building
          • Willing to do promo vid for us if we want!
        • Matthew Bailey-Dick
          • There are teachers that do social justice stuff, Global issues courses/world politics
          • Stirling has connections to Muslim community
          • Important with coalition
            • Comparing visions, naming differences/assumptions
            • Need a catalyst, something to work for
            • Nurtured- needs to make people feel good
              • We want people to feel good about making peace, not get burdened down by negativity. We want people to feel good at our events! Get energized!
            • What’s the municipality’s role
            • Part of it could be non-violence training
            • More and more scholarship on nonviolence that is successful- disseminate?
              • Be aware of potential of nonviolent tools and analytical frameworks to talk about this
            • Multicultural festival
              • Didn’t have the best spot because we registered late, so there wasn’t tons of traffic. Got 6 new emails and 1 potential new member
              • Kingston covered printing- awesome! Dwyer helped cover cost of booth
            • Walk Against Male Violence
              • Emily will connect Dwyer with PeaceWorks so they can chat about Camp Micah
            • Future events
              • Peace group symposium
                • Should be late September
                • Definitely invite Bob Jonkman- maybe can promote using his blog to collaborate? https://kwpeace.wordpress.com
                • Emily will contact CPA to find suitable date
              • Remembrance Day Workshop for teachers
                • Should be October
                • A good time would be 4:30-6:30 or 4-6 on a weeknight
                • Location
                  • School board or union office? Might not be neutral enough to invite teachers from both Catholic and Public school districts
                  • CPA could be better, either community education room or Fretz room?
                • Dwyer met a singer named Jack Cole, does a good rendition of Waltzing Matilda, could be good for November 11th or for the workshop
                • Potential people who could facilitate- Marianna Worth or Sheila Sullivan
                • Dwyer will chat and see how many are interested
                • Could get a peaceful veteran to speak?
                  • Canadian War Resistors- Too political, but maybe could connect us with a peaceful veteran
                  • Veterans for Peace?
                  • Conscience Canada?
                    • Dwyer will contact Conscience Canada, Emily will contact Canadian War Resistors
                  • Emily is in touch with someone at Mennonite Central Committee to discuss involvement, as they produced a peace education resource last year
                • Workshops in schools for students
                  • Do we want to have a interpersonal nonviolence workshop that we bring to schools?
                  • Tony offered to present the workshop if others can organize and contact schools, he has background in counselling, conflict resultion
                  • Are there already a lot of other groups doing this?
                    • Once a month Christian Peacemaker Teams does workshops on nonviolence in high schools
                    • Peace camp does workshops in schools
                    • PeaceWorks is looking to get involved in schools
                    • Project with Ziauddin Yousafzai to work on peace curriculum
                  • Will resume this discussion in the fall
                • Nonviolence festival
                  • July 11th, 12-5 on Victoria Park Island
                  • Emily will staff; others are unavailable
                  • Probably have enough materials leftover  from Multicultural fest

Next meeting: September 14th, 7pm