Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
On September 21, 2014, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement opened its doors for the first time in celebration of the International Day of Peace. Since then, the CPA has hosted Peace Week to celebrate and promote the pursuit of peace and justice in our community and around the world.
Peace Week 2021
This year, the CPA is marking Peace Week through a series of publications and community events that invite us to reflect on our challenges and triumphs over the last year and look forward with hope and a vision for the future.
The theme for the 2021 United Nations International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. At the CPA, we believe that we can recover better by being in community with one another. We have faced challenges over the past year as individuals and as a collective. These challenges will be different for each person depending on life circumstance but we have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. As we begin to experience a return to in-person work and study, we know that this transition will be difficult. As a community, we can recover better by acknowledging that we are coming back different and that we may need to modify the ways we relate to and support one another.
We have also experienced moments of triumph and joy during this time. Despite disruptions in our schedules and the ways we work and collaborate with one another, our community has continued to work towards peace and justice. By acknowledging and celebrating these achievements, we also recognize our collective resilience.
We invite you to be in community with us, in-person or virtually, during this Peace Week. Take a moment to reflect on the difficult year behind us, and then look forward to the year ahead by joining us from September 20-24, 2021.
Monday, September 20: Members of the University of Waterloo community are invited to share your experiences through our Grebel Gallery If Trauma Could Echo project.
Tuesday, September 21: Read our article, "Peace Week 2021: Reflection, resilience, and recovery" as we reflect on the resilience of the Centre for Peace Advancement community and finding space for peace during times of difficulty.
Thursday, September 23: Staff and faculty at Conrad Grebel University College are invited to gather for our Peace Week Circle event to reflect on where we have been and what we need as a community to move forward.
Friday, September 24: Out of the Peace Week Circle event, we will create a Distance and Disruption Dialogue Resource so that others can replicate this event and have a similar dialogue in their classrooms, offices, and communities. We will share the resource with our campus and community partners and on Twitter.
During the Fall term, we will continue to celebrate moments of triumph and joy over the past year through our Peace at Grebel Report.
Despite challenges and disruptions, we continue to work for peace and justice in our communities and around the world. Conrad Grebel University College has remained dedicated to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 by promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
This publication is a celebration of what we have collectively achieved over the last year and will be published during the Fall term.
Note: Event-related details will be released on the day specified below, however participation opportunities may remain open for an extended period of time. See the event page for more information.
Stay up to date on all things Peace Week by following the CPA on Twitter.
What is Peace Week?
Peace Week, which revolves around the International Day of Peace on September 21st, is a time for reflection, community, learning, and celebration. From the Centre for Peace Advancement's launch to a full community calendar with diverse events for all ages, Peace Week has continued to inspire and encourage the peacebuilding community in Waterloo. The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement has celebrated and coordinated Peace Week in Waterloo Region since its launch in 2014.
Peace Week 2020
The theme for the United Nation’s International Day of Peace 2020, "Shaping Peace Together,” calls us to unity, collaboration, and kindness in the face of the violence and isolation we are seeing in our world right now. This call for connection resonates with the Centre for Peace Advancement community, which is catalyzing meaningful connection around issues of justice and peace.
Beginning during Peace Week 2020, the Centre for Peace Advancement will be hosting conversations with participants, partners, and staff that highlight peacebuilding journeys at the heart of the Centre. These stories will be shared with the broader community through short, documentary-style videos throughout the Fall of 2020.
Peacebuilder's Circle Series Ep. 1 | Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
Peacebuilder's Circle Series Ep. 2 | Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
Peacebuilder's Circle Series Ep. 3 | Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
Peace Week 2019
Peace Week 2019 hosted the largest community calendar for Waterloo Region with 14 different events spread over a week, culminating in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement's 5th Anniversary celebration.
Read more about Peace Week 2019.
Read more about the Centre for Peace Advancement's 5th Anniversary.
Peace Week 2018
Peace Week 2017
The Centre for Peace Advancement began to coordinate the community calendar for Peace Week in 2017. Opening up the calendar to broader community events increased participation with Waterloo Region residents.
Read more about Peace Week 2017.
Peace Week 2016
In 2016, the Centre for Peace Advancement contributed to the Grebel community calendar, and celebrated The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) launch.
Peace Week 2015
The Centre for Peace Advancement worked alongside Grebel in 2015 to implement a calendar of events with expressions of peace from different departments and partners within the college.
Peace Week 2014
Peace Week began in 2014 when Conrad Grebel University College initiated a series of community events for the week surrounding the International Day of Peace, culminating in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement's official launch.