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. Aug. 11, 2020From UWaterloo to the UN: A student's journey with education as activism
    Life Jacket Graveyard on the island of Lesvos, piled with thousands of orange lifejackets

    In the spring of 2016, Kirsten Mosey, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s Communications Coordinator, was standing in a refugee camp on the small Greek island of Lesvos.

  2. Aug. 4, 2020Building peace locally and globally with Growing Hope Farm
    Family walking at Growing Hope Farm

    Growing Hope Farm in Cambridge is a place where Waterloo region residents can purchase organic produce, partake in goat yoga, or visit for a day.

  3. July 20, 2020A Letter to Lowell: 5 memories from a peacebuilder you helped form
    Lowell Ewert speaking with a group of students at Conrad Grebel

    Dear Lowell,

    I remember 2010. Doe-eyed and hopeful, I walk up to you after class with four friends and ask to turn our final research assignment into a script for a one-act play. You say, “It’s never been done. Will it be any good?” and try to hold back your smile.

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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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