Find the latest news related to the activities led by the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism and its network, including notable interventions of our experts in the media, in this section.

Project SOMEONE Announces the Upcoming Launch of PROFILE

In conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Project Someone is proud to announce the upcoming launch of PROFILE, a practical toolkit that aims to understand racial and social profiling. In this short teaser video-clip, Will Prosper—founder of Hoodstock and former RCMP officer—talks about the broad ways in which profiling occurs and Quebec’s failure to recognize the problem.

The CPN-PREV and RAPS Consortium Offer Various Workshops

The Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (CPN-PREV) and the Research and Action on Social  Polarisation team from the SHERPA Institute (SHERPA-RAPS), which compose the CPN-PREV and RAPS Consortium, offer various workshops and trainings regarding capacity-building. By offering these workshops and trainings, which can be designed for differents sectors such as health, social services, education and community, the consortium helps develop, adapt, expand and improve access to diverse training modules, toolkits, as well as capacity building programs and activities in prevention of radicalisation. Three training formulas are offered: Introductive and/or specialized short content; Flexible training programs;

Professor Séraphin Alava Is Awarded the Prestigious 2019 APM Prize

On February 21st, 2020, Mr. Séraphin Alava, Associate Member of the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, was awarded the prestigious 2019 PAM Award. The presentation ceremony took place in Athens as part of the 14th Plenary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean at the Hellenic Parliament.

The number of Canadians joining hate groups is rising. Why is this happening?

Vivek Venkatesh, UNESCO co-chair in prevention of radicalization and Concordia professor, met the CJAD 800 team to discuss radicalization among Canadians. “Our team spoke to ten individuals, ten former extremists. […] It is important to treat this issue with empathy and humanism”, explains Mr. Venkatesh.

Why do Canadians join hate groups? Concordia researchers may have part of the answer

Why do people join extremist movements? Researchers at Concordia think they know part of the answer. In a study, researchers spoke to 10 people who joined radical movements. “The pathway to radicalization isn’t necessarily something that’s very distinct,” UNESCO co-chair in prevention of radicalization Vivek Vekatesh told CTV Montreal.