CPN-PREV (Canadian Practitioners Network for the 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Further Violent Actions to be Expected in the United States

On January 6, 2021, extreme right-wing groups invaded the American Capitol in Washington. According to some experts, this protest movement is merely the beginning of violent right-wing extremist acts. In this article, David Morin, professor at the Université de Sherbrooke and co-director of the Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism, comments on the recent events taking place in Washington, USA. According to Mr. Morin, most of these groups existed before Republican President Donald Trump took power, which is only a symptom of a major polarization.

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Ep 142: New Year’s Resolutions: Bias and Islamophobia in National Security

In this podcast, Stephanie Carvin converses with Navaid Aziz of the Islamic Information Society of Calgary. In their conversation, the two discuss bias in Canadian national security, harmful language that is used, and what, if anything, might be done to improve community relations. In addition, they discuss a social media incident this past fall where Stephanie posted a picture of a cake depicting a drone strike that was condemned as insensitive and Islamophobic. Navaid asks Stephanie about the aftermath – what she has learned and the actions she has taken to begin repairing relations.

Capitol Storming in Washington, the Continuation with Ghayda Hassan

Since the last insurgency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., government security has been heavily criticized. Questions have even been raised about whether Canada is immune from such outbursts. In this interview, Ghayda Hassan, Co-Chairholder of the UNESCO-PREV and psychology professor at UQAM, discusses the risks faced by Canada. Dr. Hassan also discusses the recent actions taken by some social networks (e.g., Twitter and Facebook) and the impacts they have had.