The Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) and the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) have released on February 14, 2008, a White Paper making the case to the Federal Government for the establishment of a Civilian Peace Service in Canada. I am a longtime supporter and Brampton chapter member of the CDPI.
Civilian Peace Service Canada White Paper Release at Parliament Hill
Increasingly Canadians are searching for viable alternatives to a military response to conflict. Implementing one such alternative has become the mission of the Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC). Active since 2004, the CPSC, a peace NGO, is working through existing organizations in Canada and abroad to design and deliver standardized, professional accreditation of peace workers. Fully accredited peace professionals and volunteers would form a qualified, stand-by civilian resource. On call through existing rosters they would facilitate non-violent resolution of conflict – as one step towards sustainable peace.
Given its longstanding commitment to peacekeeping and peacebuilding, Canada can learn from, and build upon these initiatives, rather than continuing the unsettling trend towards increased use of Canadian military troops for non-military purposes – particularly in the face of recent and repeated acknowledgement that conflicts can seldom be resolved through military means alone. CPSC aims to draw upon Canada’s strong track record in peacekeeping and peacebuilding to create a program that will enhance the role, competencies and effectiveness of peace professionals globally.
The Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) and the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) will be releasing on February 14, 2008, a White Paper making the case to the Federal Government for the establishment of a Civilian Peace Service in Canada.
The Release will take place at a reception from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Centre Block, Room 256S, Parliament Hill. Alexa McDonough, MP Halifax will host this event.
The CPSC White Paper recommends that the Government of Canada:
1. Accept the constructive role civilians with peace building expertise can play in advising government on alternatives to military approaches to resolution of conflict as well as the value-added of a Civilian Peace Service Canada, as described in this White Paper
2. On the basis of this White Paper, and taking into account funding precedents set in Europe, enter into discussions with the CPSC Development Committee on steps towards:
o further development of the CPSC concept
o development and refinement of an assessment, training and accreditation program for peace
o delivery of two pilot training programs (to test the concept and the training)
o determination of how Canada, through the CPSC (and consideration of a Federal Department of Peace), can best contribute to sustainable peace in Canada and abroad
The program invitation and an excerpt of the Executive Summary of the White Paper are attached providing additional details. For reasons of security, please confirm your attendance with Dominique Guindon at 613-235-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the White Paper and the event, please do not hesitate to call Gord Breedyk, Co-Chair, Civilian Peace Service Canada, phone: 613-721-9829 or gbreedyk@ rogers.com.
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