WHO WE ARE
This is a Public Safety Canada Community Resilience Funded (CRF) project titled ‘Countering radicalization to violence in schools: A guide for practitioners and policymakers’.
This project is hosted in the University of Winnipeg (www.uwinnipeg.ca)
The project will develop a practical resource guide to train educators to counter radicalization in Manitoba’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. Prior consultation with Manitoba educators, law enforcement and community groups identified gaps for specific interventions of this kind. The end goal is to offer professional development training to all Manitoba teachers on the early detection of radicalization warning signs. Data collection throughout the project will reflect the experiences of diverse student groups. The project will serve approximately 300 educators, with the intention of reaching educators nationally. The project objectives are to create a coalition of educators and stakeholders to facilitate and coordinate grassroots-level intervention programs; and to develop a resource for Manitoba educators to counter radicalization in educational institutions.
The project will host a knowledge sharing conference in its last year. The purpose is to build capacity and address radicalization to violence through knowledge sharing, enhanced cooperation, knowledge transfer and greater public awareness. Two key components of the project are: content development through stakeholder consultation and a “Train the Trainer” development and implementation model delivered through provincial workshops. A pilot project is planned with select educators to confirm the resource’s applicability before the content is finalized. The project will be assessed at milestones throughout its lifecycle. Key stakeholders will oversee the development team for the resource guide. Educators will evaluate and provide feedback continually through the project lifecycle. Partners will include: the University of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Department of Education and Training, Manitoba Teachers’ Society, local education and parent council groups, Manitoba schools, Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP, Conflict and Resilience Research Institute Canada (CRRIC), and ethno-cultural groups in Winnipeg.