COVID-19 Update

All events at the University of Waterloo and Grebel are cancelled until further notice. Visit the UWaterloo COVID-19 website for Spring term information and plans for the Fall term. Read about the Centre for Peace Advancement's response as well as Grebel-specific details about the College's response to COVID-19. To connect with a staff member, visit the Contact us page.

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Our centre and participants

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is a dynamic space on the University of Waterloo campus, home to peace-oriented innovators, and established organizations from the region's vibrant peacebuilding field. The common goal of advancing peace collaboratively and creatively is the lifeblood of the Centre for Peace Advancement’s unique working community. The Centre for Peace Advancement stands as a bridge between campus and community, academics and practice, and faith and justice.

Our ecosystem

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is a leading hub for innovation on a national and global scale. The University of Waterloo has been rated Canada’s most innovative university for 28 years running, operates the world’s largest co-operative education program, and now supports a wide array of student entrepreneurship opportunities. In addition to being the home of countless cutting-edge tech companies, our surrounding community has nurtured significant social innovations in areas such as restorative justice, poverty alleviation, and refugee resettlement.

  1. June 26, 2020Tamarack Institute launches youth-led community change programs across Canada
    Infographic shared by Tamarack Institute which describes the conversations had by community leaders at their annual summit

    Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF), an ambitious initiative of the Tamarack Institute and the Government of Canada, is a 5-year Collective Impact strategy aimed at increasing graduation rates for youth facing barriers.  By prioritizing a robust youth workforce and collaborative community building strategies, the project helps to reimagine collaboration within small to medium Canadian communities in their support of youth. Drawing upon their successes in Collective Impact, the Tamarack Institute has partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to implement this project in 13 communities across the country.

  2. June 22, 2020PACS 315: Bridging theory and practice across disciplines
    PACS 315 with Paul Heidebrecht poster, description of course and dove graphic

    Many students engage with the programs and values of The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement on their journey to graduation. The lessons learned and questions asked sit with students who take classes taught by educators in the Centre, catapulting them into high-impact projects and careers.

  3. June 18, 2020Map the System Global Finals: How systems thinking can change the world
    Map the System judges panel at Global Finals Showcase on Zoom

    Yesterday marked the end of the 2019-2020 Map the System journey! As the Global Finals concluded with virtual cheers and applause from hundreds of audience members, the work of 3,500 teams from 52 institutions over the last few months was celebrated. This year’s Map the System competition was the biggest yet, bringing forth a new caliber of systems thinking.

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  1. Mar. 31, 2020Peacebuilders need to write a new COVID-19 narrative
    Hand holding a pencil with a peace sign on the sleeve

    War terminology is commonplace in the way the media and governments describe perceived threats: war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terror, and now, war on COVID-19. Aspenia Online, The Guardian, the University of Nottingham, and Higher Education Strategy Associates have all published blog posts or articles that explore the appropriateness of using this comparison, but have neglected to provide alternative language. Those in the peacebuilding field need to be the ones to write a new, hopeful narrative during what can seem like a very dark time. If advocates for peace do not speak out, the belief that good comes out of violence will continue to weave itself into the fabric of our society, producing dangerous attitudes no vaccine can cure.  

  2. Dec. 3, 2019No average user
    Diversity board at move the dial conference

  3. Dec. 20, 2019Reflections from 2019
    drawing that is critical of our use of technology for evil instead of peace

    As students finish their last exams and assignments, and head home for the holidays, our Centre quiets. In the last days and weeks of this year (and this decade), we have been reflecting on exciting developments in the world of PeaceTech here at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement during 2019.

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