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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. Sep. 23, 2020Three new innovative ventures join Incubator roster
    4 new incubator participants

    The newest members of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement Epp Peace Incubator (From top left, clockwise):  Anam Rahman, Maison Verte; Divya Sarin, Maison Verte; Majid Mirza, ESG Tree; Brendan Wylie-Toal, BWT Consulting.

    For the past five years, the Epp Peace Incubator at Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement has helped more than a dozen ventures leverage supports available in the Waterloo Region innovation ecosystem. With a unique focus on peace entrepreneurship, the Centre’s Incubator program provides support and mentorship to ventures seeking to advance peace locally and globally.

    The Centre welcomed three new ventures to its Incubator program this September, all of whom are dedicated to applying creative solutions to real, complex social problems.

  2. Sep. 15, 2020New cohort of Peace Innovators ready to cultivate community change
    Katie teaching at peace innovators retreat

    Student engagement is an important part of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s mission to advance expansive and innovative understandings and practices of peace. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth have continued to be a resilient, driving force in community change. With an increased willingness to challenge the status quo and keenness to consider fresh perspectives, students have a distinct and important role to play in social innovation.

  3. Aug. 24, 2020Grebel students address helplessness with innovation through the Pandemic Challenge
    Graphic image of COVID-19 Pandemic Challenge registration numbers

    At the University of Waterloo, innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities are around every corner. Yet in the Spring semester an opportunity arose to rethink how students can be involved in changemaking. What if UWaterloo could provide a space for students to apply their innovative and systems-change mindsets to a real-life, ever-changing problem: the COVID-19 pandemic?

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  1. Oct. 27, 2020Virtual Opportunities Fair
    Virtual Opportunities Fair Graphic

    The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will be hosting a Virtual Opportunities Fair on October 27, 2020, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. This event gives students the opportunity to learn about internship, co-op, and engagement opportunities the Centre and organizations connected to it will offer in 2020 and 2021, as well as the chance to connect and engage with professionals in the peacebuilding field.

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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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