PREVENTION OF RADICALIZATION AND EXTREMIST VIOLENCE IN CANADA

CPN-PREV (Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence) is an evidence-based and practitioners-centered network established to bring forward Canadian leadership and develop excellence in countering violent radicalization. CPN-PREV supports best practices and collaborations among intervention teams, through sustained knowledge mobilization between researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and various community sectors.

Mapping

We identify existing assets and examine the level of multisectoral collaboration through a Canada-wide interactive mapping of assets (training, prevention, and intervention-focused initiatives) in matters of violent radicalization.

Awareness

We seek to reduce misinformation and improve the general public’s and practitioners’ understanding of the complex and quickly evolving contexts of violent radicalization, while promoting a non-stigmatizing approach.

Best Practices

We generate evidence-based best practice guidelines and related knowledge mobilization tools that address risk assessment in case management and prevention/intervention in matters of violent radicalization.

Outreach

We strengthen collaborative resource development by and for practitioners across multiple sectors and disciplines, through capacity building. This is done by leveraging and connecting existing Canadian assets around joint interventions in matters of violent radicalization in areas of high need.

Training

We provide training modules for practitioners from diverse sectors that are co-designed and tailored to their specific needs and contexts. We support local implementation and field test existing training programs, toolkits, and applications on prevention of radicalization.

Resources

We expand, improve, and increase access to the collection of best practices (in training, prevention, and intervention) tailored for Canadian practitioners, through a continuous knowledge mobilization process including diverse sets of outputs and activities.

Spotlight

Preparing Professionals to Dialogue about Extremism and Radicalization

The TSAS report looks at at the Ethics and Religious Culture Program (ERC) in Quebec at McGill University and University of Quebec in Montréal. Authors talk about the role of education in helping students construct their identities and become resilient against the narratives of the radical and extremist groups that exist both online and offline environments. They evaluate the perception of the efficacy of the ERC program in making students resilient towards violence through analyzing teaching programs that prepare ERC teachers at McGill University and University of Quebec in Montreal.

The Skin We’re In

The Skin We’re In is a Canadian documentary , directed by Charles Officer, based in part on Desmond Cole’s essay of the same name. Through following Desmond Cole, the film documents the history and reality of racism against Black Canadians and provides a Canadian contribution to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. It illustrates the suffering that exists for many black people in Canadian white-dominated society, who still suffer from a set of systemic injustices and disadvantages. Cole asserts that anti-black racism is all-encompassing in Canada and that black people and their allies should be following the American example to dismantle the structures that continue to hold them back. 1

Mapping Online Hate

Mapping online hate is a project of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. This project supported by Heritage Canada’s Digital Citizens Initiative. The initiative features interviews with experts and practitioners about online hate in Canada and Quebec more specifically.

In this particular interview, Ghayda Hassan talks about her academic, research and clinical experience in dealing with violent extremism and radicalization narratives online. (only in French)