While the detection, assessment, and reporting of various forms of radicalization and extremist violence were initially led by security and intelligence services, many governments are putting increased pressure on practitioners from the education, community and health and social services to “detect” and report individuals vulnerable to violent radicalized. 

Scientific evidence, however, increasingly demonstrates the failure and dangers associated with the detection approach.  Deleterious effects on individuals and communities include the high rate of false positives (false accusations) and ensuing stigmatizing, the feeling of ostracism by targeted communities, as well as the chilling effect related to the atmosphere of surveillance and denunciation in previously trusted settings such as schools, health institutions, and community spaces.

In the coming year, CPN-PREV will provide a full critical appraisal of the state of evidence on the reliability, validity, sensitivity, and outcomes of detection and assessment tools and procedures for individuals at risk of radicalization and extremist violence. 

CPN-PREV will then highlight WHAT NOT TO DO, as well as generate evidence-based recommendations on WHAT TO DO for adequate evaluation of individuals at risk.

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.

The media coverage of mass killings is a delicate but necessary process for all citizens entitled to quality information. However, the media coverage of these events can have negative repercussions both on the health of the population and on the health of journalists assigned to cover these events. Adequate coverage of the killings could still limit the negative health impacts of the media coverage of these killings.

The National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence engages with a variety of actors from police to community organizations to identify and prevent radicalization to violence before tragedies occur. There is substantial knowledge, experience, expertise, and evidence at the local, national, and international levels to rely on in developing approaches to countering radicalization to violence. In this context, the National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence identifies areas where expertise and capability exist, and how the Government of Canada and its partners are investing to enhance our collective strengths.

This workbook includes a set of activities that will help you integrate and organise the information that you will gather during these 4 days.

It will provide a support to consolidate the main ideas emerging from the formal events and informal conversations that you will have with researchers, practitioners and other youth.

This workbook is intended as a tool where you can put down your thoughts and complete some exercises in order to develop your personal understanding of the concepts that you will hear before, during and after the presentations and activities.

Finally, we hope that you will take advantage of this tool to share your ideas and suggestions with your colleagues and teammates.

By sharing your voice, you are making a real difference in preventing radicalization and extremist violence!


Le Plan d’action gouvernemental 2015-2018 – La radicalisation au Québec : agir, prévenir, détecter et vivre ensemble sollicite les milieux de l’éducation, de la santé et des services sociaux et de la sécurité publique. Le milieu de l’éducation est particulièrement interpelé dans son rôle de promotion du vivre-ensemble et de prévention.

Le milieu scolaire est invité à aborder la prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence au moyen d’un plan de lutte contre l’intimidation et la violence et sa mise à jour annuelle, qui a pour objet « de prévenir et de contrer toute forme d’intimidation et de violence à l’endroit d’un élève, d’un enseignant et de tout autre membre du personnel de l’école » et qui prévoit notamment des mesures de prévention et de signalement (Loi sur l’instruction publique, article 75.1.).

Dans le cadre de ce Plan d’action, SHERPA, le centre de recherche affilié à Institut Universitaire au regard des communautés ethnoculturelles du CIUSSS Centre-Ouest-de-l`Île-de- Montréal, a élaboré, en collaboration avec la Direction des services d’accueil et d’éducation interculturelle du ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, une formation portant sur la radicalisation violente chez les jeunes au Québec. Ce guide souhaite faire le lien entre cette formation et les orientations de l’éducation interculturelle, mises de l’avant par le MEES, afin de soutenir le personnel scolaire dans la mise en place d’actions efficaces à cet égard, notamment en favorisant le vivre-ensemble.