Right-wing extremism, hatred and gender-based violence in Canada

The Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV), in collaboration with the Faculté des sciences humaines of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the support of the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV), the Research and Action on Social Polarization Team (RASP), Project Someone (SOcial MEdia educatiON Everyday) and the Sherpa Research Centre, is pleased to invite you to the conference:

Right-wing extremism, hatred and gender-based violence in Canada

What does research tell us about prevention and what are the pathways for prevention and intervention online and offline?

Where? Université du Québec à Montréal Pavillon Adrien-Pinard (SU) 100 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, 1st floor, Room SU-1550 Montreal, Qc

When? Monday April 29, 2019, from 1PM to 5PM. Open doors at 12:30PM

To find out what is on the menu and to have the details, please consult the Facebook event.

Mandatory registration, limited space. Please confirm your attendance by April 25, 5 PM by writing to Daniela Aranibar, Knowledge Mobilization Assistant at the CPN-PREV, to the following email address: .

Please note that we would like to ensure that the audience is representative in order to disseminate knowledge between different environments. Please specify if you are a researcher, practitioner, student, etc., and from which sector you come (education, health and social services, government, etc.) when you register.

We look forward to having you with us!

“Hate To Hope” Massive Open Online Course Videos

In April of 2018, Global Affairs Canada awarded funding to the UNESCO-PREV Chair to create a massive open online course (MOOC) – titled “From Hate to Hope” that draws from cutting-edge research in multiple disciplines from humanities and social sciences to address strategies that build resilience against hate through the use of pluralistic dialogues. The resources showcased herein comprise of seven videos (each are available with English, French and Arabic subtitles) that were created as part of “From Hate to Hope” which feature the voices of experts in extremism, political science, psychology, religion, humanities, education, art-based pedagogies, sociology, media studies and computer science debating the multi-faceted nature of combating hate and designing effective primary prevention activities in scholastic as well as public spaces.

Videos with English captions



Digital Citizens of Tomorrow Workbooks

In April of 2018, the UNESCO-PREV Chair received funding from Global Affairs Canada to collaborate with various community, scholastic and public policy stakeholders in Lebanon and create opportunities for primary prevention activities that build community resilience against violent extremism. Our team of experts at Project Someone collaborated with stakeholders at five organizations including Heritage College, the Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, the Youth Association for the Blind & Inclusion Network, the Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action, as well as Basmeh Wa Zaytouneh. Amongst the various resources we co-created with our stakeholders, we showcase herein the finalized versions of booklets of training materials (in English and Arabic) that address critical digital literacy, strategies to develop social media campaigns to counter violence and hateful rhetoric, thereby creating further capacity and more effective interactions between our Lebanese stakeholders and the marginalized as well as vulnerable populations they serve in their respective contexts.

English resources

Web 2.0: a platform for peace (not hate) – for university teachers (En)  

English and Arabic resources

 Digital Citizens of Tomorrow – for school teachers (En)

Digital Citizens of Tomorrow – for school teachers (Ar) 

Arabic resources

Digital Empowerment – for Social Workers (Ar)

Online Media and the Critical Thinker – for Media Activists (Ar)

Social pedagogy to promote a pluralistic dialogue: lessons learned from the SOMEONE project (webinar)

Vivek Venkatesh participated in a webinar hosted by The Association for the Educational Application of Computer Technology at the Post-Secondary Level (APOP) for the purpose of presenting Francophone college teachers and professionals with the resources available to help them introduce inclusive dialogue in their classrooms.

Click here for webinar (in French).

Education under the Islamic State

A research team lead by Olivier Arvisais (UQAM) and including Vivek Venkatesh, professor at Concordia University and co-chair of the UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism, has been researching the school curriculum taught to young Iraqis during the caliphate in order to better understand the educational goals of the IS regime. The team translated (from Arabic to French) and analyzed several textbooks produced by the Caliphate Ministry of Education in northern Iraq from 2014 to 2017. The materials included science, mathematics, computer programming, social science and religious education textbooks for elementary school students aged 6 to 10 years. 
Researchers’ analyzes will be the subject of a series of scientific publications in the coming months.
Read more here (in French).​

Great turnout at the Canadian premiere of Landscape of Hope

The exhibition & performance took place on February 20, 2019 at Concordia’s new 4th Space, following a day of workshops during which student participants from the University, as well as from French and English CEGEPs were invited to share experiences and discuss multiple perspectives about cyberbullying.

This Concordia arts-based education initiative was led by Vivek Venkatesh, director of Project Someone and UNESCO Co-Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, and Associate Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts in the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as colleague and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Owen Chapman, in collaboration with Sandra Chang-Kredl, Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Music Therapy Lecturer Annabelle Brault.

View a short clip of the Montreal performance.

For more information click here.

Photo and video credit: Grace Mendenhall and Émilie Trudeau

Landscape of Hope Show

Freshly returned from their successful world premiere at the Arctic Pride Festival in Tromsø, Norway, the Landscape of Hope team, in partnership with Project Someone, Grimposium,and Unesco chair-prev, is pleased to announce its Canadian premiere on February 20, 2019. The show will be held at Concordia University, at the 4TH Space (1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest) with a reception at 5:00pm and show starting at 6:30pm. For more information click here or click here to view the Facebook event.

What is Landscape of Hope?

Landscape of Hope  is a unique, evidence-based intervention that magnifies youth narratives as they pertain to building resilience against racism, discrimination, prejudice and cyber bullying. The digital art initiative is youth-led and designed to empower them with critical digital literacy skills and social media tools to create cutting-edge multimedia performances and installations that describe their experiences with hate, discrimination and cyber bullying. Our aim is to implement and evaluate a sustainable, multi-sectoral, culturally-relevant, youth-led approach to creating media-based narratives that accurately reflect youths’ lived experiences, with the ultimate objective of reducing instances of discrimination.

To hear examples of the art produced in Tromsø click here or to learn more about the Arctic Pride Festival click here.

Landscape of Hope is inspired by and derived from the work of the multimedia collective Landscape of Hate.

Addressing online hate: new module

Today is the launch of the new bilingual module, Addressing Online Hate, which was developed with Serene-RISC. It provides different community organizations with tools so that they can, in turn, offer educational sessions to counter online hate. 

The module materials enable creating new workshops as well as providing resources to support existing ones, with the goal of helping learners recognize, identify and address different forms of hate speech and discrimination in their own communities and in broader society. Learners will also understand how online media is used to disseminate hate speech and discrimination and will be able to take part in online non-discriminatory dialogue. 



(From left to right) Benoît Dupont, Scientific Director at SERENE-RISC, Sandra Chang-Kredl, Associate Professor at Concordia University, Michael Joyce, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at SERENE_RISC, and Vivek Venkatesh, Associate Professor at Concordia University, Director of Project SOMEONE and Co-Chair UNESCO-PREV at the launch of the module “Addressing Online Hate”, which took place at SERENE-RISC. 



Click here for the module

Free Speech on Campus: Sigal Ben-Porath

Come see our guest at Concordia University, Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath, on February 7th speak about the importance of free speech!