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).
In Castlegar: May 21-26, 2019 with Instructor Madelyn Mackay
*Register for the Castlegar session online with Community Education & Workplace Training.
Madelyn MacKay has a background in anthropology, bi-cultural human development and social justice, and loves the emerging global expertise in nonviolent peacekeeping.She has been invited to facilitate nonviolence workshops and courses around Canada, in the US and at the United Nations over the past 14 years. She also founded the Women's Peace Camps with Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Locally, she teaches Roots of Empathy and Global Citizenship, continuing her involvement with multicultural families and our youngest community members.
In Burundi: May 14-24 with Instructor Ashlyn Schwaiger. *Please note that the Burundi session is full.
Ashlyn Schwaiger is a conflict transformation professional who has engaged in a number of high-conflict environments.She started her career in the gender-based violence prevention realm, worked with former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, and spent several years leading unarmed civilian peacekeeping teams with Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan before and during the current civil war. Ashlyn has taught the Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping course at Selkirk College since its inception in 2016.
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.
For more information...
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