This was  great event, deep discussion on crime prevention, community engagement and resilience building to help keep youth safe from being targeted for gang and sex industry involvement.


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DATE AND TIME: Friday, 14 September 2018,  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT

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LOCATION:  Knox United Church,  400 Edmonton Street ,  Winnipeg, MB R3B 2M2

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Speaking on human trafficking and Canadian Newcomers

The Winnipeg Connector Partnership and Rotary Peace Builders are coordinating a special event for immigrants and refugees to network and socialize. This will take place during the “Be the Change” portion at the Peace Days Festival. Please join us.

Come and celebrate the Peace Days Festival with dance, music and other entertainment! Let’s work for peace building.

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This was a wonderful experience, the film was moving and so well done, and the panel discussion was impactful and insightful; I was privileged to participate in the discussion with such giants in social justice advocacy: Diane Redsky, Joy Smith, David Matas, Andrew Kooman (new/great film producer).


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The Power of Her: Gender Equality Initiative

Power of Her launch Sept.11. 2018 POSTER


The She Has A Name Film Screening and launch of Power of Her gender equality initiative will be held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 as part of the Peace Days Festival and in partnership with The Rotary Club of Winnipeg and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation.

The event will feature a screening of the 2016 film She Has a Name followed by a moderated expert panel with the filmʼs screenwriter Andrew Kooman, Diane Redsky – Executive Director of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc., Dr. Bob Chrismas – Staff Sergeant of the Winnipeg Police Serviceʼs Community Support Division, Joy Smith – Joy Smith Foundation; and a representative of Beyond Borders/ECPAT Canada.

Research from the Mauro Centre

Chapter 1. Sharing Circles: The Benefits and Limitations in Peacebuilding Initiatives
Dr. Cathy Rocke

Chapter 2. Applying the Conflict Transformation Lens to Understand Why Indigenous Canadians Drop Out of School
Dr. Laura Reimer

Chapter 3. Peacebuilding Projects as a Conflict Transformation Tool: A Meso-level Perspective from Winnipeg
Dr. Kawser Ahmed

Chapter 4. Stories From Survivors of Canada’s Sex Industry
Dr. Bob Chrismas

Chapter 5. Hermeneutic Phenomenological Understandings of Canadian Soldiers’ Experiences in Peace Support Operations
Dr. Patlee Creary

Chapter 6. Racialized and Gendered Peacebuilding in the U.S.-Mexico Border Justice Movement
Dr. Jodi Dueck-Read

Chapter 7. The Role of Transitional Justice in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Kenya
Dr. Peter Karari

Chapter 8. Living with Others: Learning for Peace and Global Citizenship
Dr. Lloyd Kornelsen

Chapter 9. Players or Pawns? Protest, Participation, and Principled Nonviolence at the 1968 Summer Olympics
Dr. Chris Hrynkow

Chapter 10. Towards an Integrated Framework of Conflict Resolution and Transformation in Environmental Policymaking: Case Study of the North American Great Lakes Area
Dr. Olga Skarloto

Chapter 11. “You’re sitting in my desk!” Researching the ‘Past in the Present’ in Israel
Dr. Katerina Standish

Chapter 12. The Challenge of Local Ownership of Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: Dependency, Biased Coordination, and Scant Timelines
Dr. Chuck Thiessen


This book stands as a testimonial to the profound impact of the Mauro Centre and its Ph.D. program on the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. The range of topics covered by these authors, all relatively new scholars who share insights from their doctoral dissertations completed at the Mauro Centre, demonstrates the breadth and vitality of this young and growing discipline. The chapters of the book move smoothly from research based within the local Winnipeg, Manitoba, scene to inquiries spanning national, international, and global contexts. The collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the current questions and the new directions explored through the academic study of conflict and peace.
Neil Funk-Unrau, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Associate Dean of Menno Simons College, a College of Canadian Mennonite University
Stories define our identities. And they define our “Others” be they antagonistic or friendly. This book is about stories—who tells them, for what reason, to whom, in which context. In doing so it nudges the field of peace and conflict studies (PACS) in the direction of narrative. A dozen doctoral graduates of the Arthur Mauro integrate a range of methodologies—ethnographic, phenomenological, qualitative, historical—to take us into the lives of conflict stricken individuals and groups, showing how stories, and research on stories, can be used for healing transformation. Though conscious of starting in Winnipeg, their work takes us outward to immigrants crossing into the United States, to confronting racism at the ’68 Olympics, to Afghanistan, and the contested narratives of Israelis and Palestinians in five universities in Israel. It should be required reading for those taking PACS related degrees.
Vern Redekop, professor emeritus, Saint Paul University
The practice of peacebuilding and the transformation of conflict take shape within this book. This new and rapidly developing field tackles the complexity of transformative change. Here the application takes shape through the work of the 12 authors. In writing the story of their research, the authors move from theory to practice. There are treasures here that highlight the use of conflict transformation and peacebuilding in multiple contexts and at many levels from the personal to the interpersonal to the communal. Gems exist in each chapter with exemplars at multiple levels–intergroup and intragroup, organizational, and community. Complex issues of conflict are addressed from the local to the national and from immediate to intractable. Systemic issues of oppression are tackled across multiple dimensions. At each level the centering of local control and practices are highlighted.
Cathryne L. Schmitz, University of North Carolina

Protecting our rural children in the City

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Soaring Eagles Conference

Pleasure today to talk to youth from all over Northern and Southern Rural Manitoba today, Frontier School Division, on how to stay safe in the City. A large finding in my PhD research the rural/urban human trafficking pipelines that traffickers take advantage of, knowing our youth often have to come into larger urban centres to continue their schooling; we must work together to keep them safe.

Youth Role Model Awards, inspiring to see Canada’s future leaders in the arts, sport, politics and academics


Happy to participate in the Citizen’s Equity Committee, Youth Role Model Awards last night. It is inspiring to hear about their accomplishments and meet Canada’s future leaders in the arts, sports, politics, academics and more.