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Alanis Obomsawin’s award winning documentary about the 1990 Oka Crisis, featuring in depth footage of the 78 day standoff involving Mohawks, Police & Military, as well as background to the standoff, including treaties, agreements, and the history of land appropriation.

The screening of this documentary follows last term’s screening of Sewatokwa-tshera’t: The Dish With One Spoon, by Dr Dawn Martin-Hill, regarding Six Nations land reclamation at Kanonhstaton/Caledonia.

In our discussion we will consider colonialism, land expropriation, blacklash, racism, and the role of the police and military in Indigenous land occupations, as well as the roles and reactions of government officials and non-Native neighbouring communities, paying attention to the continuity and consistency with recent, ongoing, and contemporary struggles for indigenous land and sovereignty.

It is my hope that by recognizing these connections we can better understand contemporary struggles and how to move forward, rooted in a critical understanding of colonial histories and ongoing injustices.

This film screening is brought to you by Hamiton FreeSkool’s Practical Solidarity, and the Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace as part of Edu-Macation Mondays.

For more information about this event or additional Practical Solidarity events contact Niki: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Monday, July 25 @ 6pm
Sky Dragon Centre
27 King William St., Hamilton

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 13:48

Awaking the Dreamer Symposium in Hamilton

This event is on Sunday February 5, 2011 starting at 9:00am.

The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium is an interactive transformational workshop that inspires participants to play a role in creating a new future which encompasses an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet. The workshop is not a how-to on changing the world, but rather it brings about the answers in each and every one of us and empowers us to take action.

For more info see the website at: and you can register on that site (free) or click this link.

Sunday, 19 September 2010 19:50

Gandhi Peace Festival 2010

Coming up on Saturday October 2, 2010 is the 18th annual Gandhi Peace Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. This year's theme is "The Power of Nonviolence", and the guest speaker is Dr. Yaser M. Haddara.

As always, the festival is free (including lunch!), includes a fair of social justice and peace organizations, and a peace walk through downtown Hamilton.

Also happening around the time are two festival-sponsored events:

"The Fictional Basis of the War on Terror Wednesday" (speaker: Dr. Graeme MacQueen) September 29, 2010 7:00­-9:00pm McMaster Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC‐1A6


"Saving Green Spaces"A Workshop Moderated by Dr. Graeme MacQueen (with other particpants to be announced) Wednesday, October 6, 2010: 7:00-­9:00pm McMaster Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC‐1A3

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want to know more or to volunteer.

Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace (HCTP) is pleased to announce its plans for the evening programme of the Conscious Communities Conference in November 2010 in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

On the evenings of November 11, 12, and 13th HCTP will be hosting free, public short-form presentations from champions of peace, education, social justice, and community development. Each speaker will be given 15 minutes to share inspiring ideas and stories with the audience.

Talks will be held at the downtown Sky Dragon Community Co-Operative, in addition to other venues yet to be announced.

Call for nominations

We are seeking nominations from the public for speakers. Who do you know that deserves 15 minutes of the undivided attention of a public audience? Do you know somoene who's quietly (or not-so quietly) enabled positive social change in a community?

Nominees should be from the Hamilton/Halton/Niagara region, aware of the nomination and willing to present on one of the evenings. All ages are encouraged -- we especially love hearing from youth and elders alike!

To nominate, please email conference (at) with the subject line "Speaker nominee" and the presenters name, email or phone number, and around 250 to 350 words about why they should be featured.

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On behalf of the Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace, I would like to invite you and your students to participate in this year’s 9th Annual Youth Peace Education Conference taking place at the McMaster University campus on November 11th, 2010.

As an organization, our goal is to reduce different forms of violence in Hamilton through education and the building of alliances between organizations and individuals. This conference in particular is a way to include youth in the discussion, where they can articulate their interests and needs, while developing new friendships, visions and skills which will assist them in their journey towards peace.

In past years, we have introduced participants to issues related to peace from the global to the local level.  We’ve invited community heroes to discuss the UN Manifesto for a culture of peace, the Global Campaign for Peace Education, environmental stewardship and various facets of social justice, experienced within and beyond school environments.  Through numerous inspiring workshops, we have also attempted to address unique manifestations of violent cultures in the schools themselves, while empowering students and teachers with the practical skills and knowledge they need in order to transform themselves and whatever oppressive dynamics exist within their schools.

This year, we will offer more speakers, workshops and opportunities for dialogue and artistic expression, which relate to this year’s theme,  “Conscious Communities”.  In order to achieve our goal, that is to serve learners in their efforts towards building peace in and beyond their schools, we are asking for students and teachers to help direct the organizing process.  Attached is a survey, which should take no more than five minutes, for teachers to complete in their classrooms.  Essentially, we are seeking for students to be involved in whatever capacity they are comfortable with.  For example, through the survey, students can offer their visions for the conference day, or if they’re interested in greater involvement, like making decorations, or even developing their own workshops for the conference, we would be happy to help facilitate these planning sessions over the summer, or during the next school year.

Please fill out the survey with your class, and forward the names and emails of those students that are interested either in summer or September planning.  We also welcome you, the brave educator, to join us as we develop our vision and programme.  Please feel free to reach us at our office phone (905) 523-0111, or by email at julia [at] Thank you for your hard work, and for your time and consideration.

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The core aspect of cultivating a culture of peace is sustainable, conscious communities that live, breathe, grow, learn, and thrive. With that in mind and heart our focus this year will be celebrating and advancing “Conscious Communities” at the Ninth Annual Conference on Peace Education in Canada.

The conference will aim to advance the cultivation of peaceable communities at two scopes: local communities and communities of common interest.

The local communities scope will include the core educational needs that must be satisfied to allow all members of a physically local community to flourish. Topics explored may include but are not limited to: “transition towns” movement, local and organic foods, ecological literacy, renewable energy, arts, living wages, conflict transformation, Peace Cafés, School Peace Program, social entrepreneurship, education in local histories, storytelling, and democratic participation.

The communities of interest scope will explore the unique challenges and needs of individuals that are not necessarily physically close to one another, but share common experiences. Topic areas explored may include but are not limited to: social networking, online collaboration methods, solidarity work, the exchange of best practices between communities, social entrepreneurship, new media, marginalized communities, fair trade, literacy, access to education, and more.

Call for Proposals

Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace is seeking proposals for workshops and presentations during the “Conscious Communities” conference.
Workshops will be 50 or 100 minutes in length, and are encouraged to include participatory aspects to their design.

New this year: public mini-keynote presentations

Evenings of the conference will include a series of free, open-to-the-public 15-minute “mini-keynote” presentations at various locations in the city of Hamilton. Applicants are welcomed and encouraged to also propose a mini-keynote presentation either as a “sampler” of a proposed workshop, or of another topic of interest – keeping in mind that the audience demographics will be a more general public. Different forms of presentation will be considered for approval, including but not limited to a prepared talk, film short, multimedia, performance art, and storytelling.

Link: Online Proposal Form for Conscious Communities 2010

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Thursday, 17 June 2010 14:04

Hamilton Rural Routes Bus Tours

This summer, HSR passengers will be going the distance to meet their City’s hardworking farmers; many city folks will discover first-hand that it can be a short distance indeed, from "field-to-fork". The newly developed “Rural Routes” countryside bus tours offers monthly farm excursions and is a collaborative projected being presented by Hamilton Eat Local, Smart Commute, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), and Tourism Hamilton. These tours will provide Hamilton's public transit users with access to some of the area’s most dynamic farms; promote imaginative ways of using the City’s public transit system as a viable means to commute; and get urbanites excited about 'agri-tourism' by showing off the lush and beautiful countryside that surrounds our 'steel' city.

Karen Burson of Hamilton's Eat Local is so excited about this event that she can barely sit still while she's describing it. "As someone who decided a long time ago that I would rather be a transit-user than a driver," she enthuses, "I have been frustrated about the fact that the only way to visit the farms that I love has been by car. It seemed to me that there are a lot of Hamilton residents who might be just as eager as I am to find a way to get out of the City once in a while".

Inspired by a student-led environmental bus tour project called "Seed to Scrap" which took place in Fall 2008, and by a gastronomic tour of the Niagara region that had been organized by Slow Food Canada, Burson believed that a tour that explores Hamilton's agriculturally rich outskirts was a compelling idea. Each month’s Rural Routes tour will offer a unique program developed by the host farm. Each will also offer an on-farm market stand so participants can purchase a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, and more before boarding the bus for the return trip to the City. The tours will run on selected Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The pick up point for each tour is the Bread & Roses Cafe at the Sky Dragon Centre (27 King William St.). This innovative cafe will be offering Rural Routes ticket holders a free cup of their organic, fair trade coffee which is roasted in-house (which is about as local as coffee can get)! Adult tickets are only $5 for each trip while children and seniors tickets cost only $2 each. Here is a look at the schedule:

• June 12: Rural Routes will take passengers to ManoRun Organic Farm located in Copetown. ManoRun is well-known for their relationship with the Ancaster Old Mill. Denise Trigatti, farmer at ManoRun, will lead passengers through a herb garden discovery, livestock milking demonstration, and a talk about the joys of growing and eating food that is both local and organic.

• July 10: Morden’s Organic Farm and Farm Store located in Dundas will be the next destination. Morden’s is a co-operative of local farmers who bring their meats, dairy and seasonal fruits and vegetables to this health-food hub. Sandy Morden, owner and operator of Morden’s, will provide a tour of the farm and a visit with the farm animals.

• August 21: Rural Routes travels to Puddicombe Estate Farm & Winery of Stoney Creek, where staff will teach visitors the correct way of caring for peaches including canning and freezing techniques. There will be fresh corn in season available for purchase as well, so don't miss out on this traditional family treat.

• September 11: Carluke Orchards in Ancaster welcomes you. One of Hamilton’s best-known apple orchards will offer Rural Routes passengers wagon rides and guided walking tours. They are also well known for their tasty farm-baked apple pies.

Tickets will be available at Bread and Roses Café at the SkyDragon Centre (27 King William St.). There may be tickets available on the day of the tour at the pickup point, but seats are limited! For more information about Rural Routes, please visit or call Hamilton Eat Local at 905-549-0900.
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