Announcing the 2020 Canadian School of Peacebuilding

Peace is the responsibility of us all. Peace is the work of people of all ages, of mothers, lawyers, teachers, farmers, and artists. You are invited to join us at the 12th annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), which will be held June 8-12 and 15-19, 2020, in Winnipeg, Canada. Come for one week or stay for two. We offer a selection of five-day courses for personal or professional development, or for academic credit.

We have created this school to be a place where people from different contexts and traditions with an interest in peace can learn from each other. The CSOP is designed for anyone between the ages of 20 and 90 who is interested in peace work, including not-for-profit staff and interns, activists and peace educators, community leaders, religious leaders, teachers and professors, students (undergraduate or graduate), government officials, and those who are new to peacebuilding. The school is designed to be an environment characterized by

  1. educating for peace and justice,
  2. learning through thinking and doing,
  3. generous hospitality and radical dialogue, and
  4. the modeling of invitational community.

The CSOP is for peacebuilders from all faiths, countries, and identity groups. As one CSOP participant has said, “CSOP is an opportunity to be challenged; to receive with open hands the insights, reflections, questions, and connections offered from fellow participants from all over the world. It’s a profoundly unique space of inquiry and dialogue, and of relationship that crosses boundaries and boarders. Indeed, CSOP itself plants the seeds of peace.”

Our five-day courses this year, as always, touch on a range of topics, taught by amazing instructors from around the world:

Session I: June 8-12, 2020

Indigenous Politics, Land, and Globalization

Instructor: Rauna Kuokkanen


Leading in an Age of Polarization

Instructor: David Brubaker


Active Bystander Training

Instructor: Joy Meeker

Session II: June 15-19, 2020

Does Religion Cause Violence?

Instructor: William Cavanaugh


Dreaming of Kanata and Canada: Indigenous Graphic Novels & Reconciliation

Instructor: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair


Trauma, Healing, and Reconciliation

Instructor: Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak

In the past, some of our courses filled up before the deadline, so we encourage you to apply early to ensure your choice of course. Registration is now available online or using our PDF forms at

If you have any questions or want more information, check out our website at or send us an e-mail at We hope you will join us in June for a week (or two) of learning, connecting and renewal.

Wendy Kroeker
Director, Canadian School of Peacebuilding


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