UNESCO-PREV 2020 Annual Report

The UNESCO-PREV Chair’s watchwords for 2020 were adaptation and resilience in the context of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Although the latter forced the postponement of several important events, the Chair offered its first massive open online course, “From Hate to Hope,” and developed PROFILE, a new toolkit on racial and social profiling.

The Chair also continued to expand its mapping of areas of expertise and its bank of experts in the prevention of violent radicalization and extremism. It also developed a new research program on misinformation, conspiracy thinking and violent extremism.

Despite an increase in acts of solidarity, we have witnessed a proliferation of misinformation, hateful discourse, intolerance and violent extremist ideologies. Consequently, the crisis has fuelled and reinforced an already well-established global trend. As a result, the Chair experienced a particularly active year in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

Read the report.

Vivek Venkatesh to deliver keynote at 50th Annual CARA Conference

Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, will deliver the keynote titled Social Pedagogy to Build Resilience Against Discrimination: Magnifying the Voices of Marginalised Populations for the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) 50th Annual Conference May 10-15, 2021

This year’s theme, Adaptable, Flexible, and Creative Research Administration in the New Normal, reflects current efforts to adapt to the changes brought about by the pandemic and the resulting upswing in research and technology. The Virtual Conference will include over 800 delegates involved with the information management and administration of complex research operations.

More information.

88th ACFAS Congress – L’éducation, rampart contre le populisme

Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, will participate in the upcoming 88th ACFAS Congress where he will present “Pédagogie sociale – Comment bâtir une résilience durable dans les communautés marginalisées” on May 5, 2021, for the session titled “L’éducation, rampart contre le populisme.” 


ACFAS has highlighted this session in this press release (in French only), and its sponsor, The Conseil Supérieur de l’Éducation, has featured all speakers and their bios here (in French only).

Event: The Action Summit to Combat Online Hate.

Project Someone Director Vivek Venkatesh recently joined The Action Summit to Combat Online Hate with other experts to discuss the growing problem of Online Hate.

Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Anti-Racism Action Program and organized by The Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate, powered by CIJA, This sold-out event took place on April 14 and 15, 2021.

More information on sessions and speakers.

“Accéder à soi. Accéder à l’autre” Event

Project Someone Director Vivek Venkatesh recently spoke at Accéder à soi. Accéder à l’autre, a second Study Day organized by The UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at Université Laval, the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights and Democracy, the Observatory of Diversity and Cultural Rights and the CELAT, Cultures – Arts – Societies Research Center. The event explored the 2005 UNESCO Convention, artistic freedom and the inclusion of migrants in democratic societies.

Download the program (in French only) here.

Event: Cyber-hate; Confronting Hate Speech Online and Your Community

Photo: Andrea Piacquadio

For this first digital lab event of the Spring 2021 season, Project Someone collaboratorsConcordia University Ph.D. student Rawda Harb and Postdoctoral fellow Méi-Ra St-Laurentwill present tools and avenues of intervention on how to identify hateful content online and help people in the community who experience it. 

 Participants will first learn about tools and notions to allow them to distinguish between the different forms of hate speech online, including some strategies to defuse it. The presenters will discuss several initiatives, including Landscape of Hopeand participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned. 

 When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 12:30-1:30 EDT 

 More details for this free Zoom event can be found here. 

Project Someone Discusses Hate on CBC Radio Noon

Photo: Andre Hunter – Unsplash

Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, recently appeared on CBC’s Radio Noon Quebec with Shawn Apel to discuss online hate, aggression and violence.

Listen to their conversation.

Project Someone Discusses Sustainable Development Goals at Canada’s 2030 Launch

Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, recently joined Minister Ahmed Hussen and the beneficiary organizations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) funding programme at the launch of Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy 

Minister Hussen explored current ideas in the public sphere, including the discourse surrounding systemic and institutional racism and the institutional barriers that prevent people from succeeding and contributing their full potential.  

Venkatesh explained how Project Someone is developing and implementing community-driven solutions that challenge discrimination and contribute to SDGs in CanadaProject Someone has taken a very communityfacing and participatory action research framework devoting ourselves to the reduction of hate and discrimination as precursors to violent extremism, but we do this as a function of education through critical digital literacy. And so, we are looking to create spaces for pluralistic dialogue which are embedded as all types of curricular modules.  

These include:  

  • multimedia presentations and online courses  
  • community developed and created art installations and performances  
  • Research creation  
  • documentaries and Podcasts   
  • multimedia materials   
  • MOOCs focusing on social pedagogy  
  • publishing policy briefs driven by analyses of social conversations. 

 Venkatesh also highlighted Project Someone’s latest projects involving key government members and community stakeholders in Chicoutimi and Edmonton, looking at how workshops that magnify indigenous and racialized communities’ narratives can be brought to the forefront by sustainably empowering these communities. 

Watch the interview from March 19, 2021.   

Upcoming Project Someone EMSB Talk

Project Someone collaborators Rawda Harb and Kathryn Urbaniak will present Advocating for and Magnifying Marginalized Voices: A Chat with Project SOMEONE at the upcoming English Montreal School Board (EMSB) virtual parent conference on Sunday, April 18.

More information and registration.

New CPN-PREV Systematic Review on Prevention of Violent Radicalization Programs

The Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV), an evidence-based and practitioners-centered network funded by Public Safety Canada’s Community Resilience Fund and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, recently published A Systematic Review on the Outcomes of Primary and Secondary Prevention Programs in the Field of Violent Radicalization.


The authors include CSLP and Project Someone members and collaborators Ghayda Hassan, Cécile Rousseau, Vivek Venkatesh, David Morin, Jihan Rabah, and David Pickup, as well as co-authors Sébastien Brouillette-Alarie, Sarah Ousman, Deniz Kilinc, Éléa Laetitia Savard, Wynnpaul Varela, Lysiane Lavoie, Arber Fetiu, Shandon Harris-Hogan, Evgueni Borokhovski, Pablo Madriaza, Sara K. Thompson, John McCoy, Mylène Boivin, Manasvini Srimathi Narayana, and Emmanuel Danis.


The 149-page comprehensive report looks at the rise in extremist threats worldwide over the past two decades that have led governments to respond by investing significant amounts of money in the prevention of violent radicalization and extremism. However, their effectiveness and possible repercussions remain largely unknown. With this in mind, the Systematic Review examines the effectiveness of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention programs in preventing violent extremism (PVE) and evaluates their ability to counter violent radicalization successfully.


You can access the report here: CPN-PREV – 2nd Systematic Review