Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV)
CPN-PREV is an evidence-based and practitioners-centred 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.
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- Systematic reviews and production of guidelines: The Chair has established an International Consensus Guidelines Committee (ICGC) and is collaborating in the production of guidelines for prevention and intervention in the field of radicalization and violent extremism. These guidelines will be based on a series of systematic reviews conducted by CPN-PREV that focus on: the impact of exposure to extremist content online on the violent radicalization; the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs and risk assessment tools. This is also integrated by a DELPHI process led by the CPN-PREV and the Chair. The International Committee is composed of seventy-one experts from thirty-one countries.
Someone (social media education every day)
Project Someone works to build awareness, create spaces for pluralistic dialogues, and combat online hate. Our multimedia materials, training curricula and programs aim to prevent hate speech and build resilience towards radicalization that leads to violent extremism.
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- Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Capacity-Building Initiatives from Project SOMEONE to Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism with Lebanese Stakeholders in Education, Public Policy and Social Service. Using Someone project tools, Professor Vivek Venkatesh and his team will collaborate with Lebanese stakeholders in the fields of education, public policy and social services. Eleven different initiatives in multimedia, pedagogy and public engagement, created as part of the SOMEONE project, have been redesigned for the Middle Eastern public in collaboration with partner organizations. They will therefore offer to the Lebanese civic community a variety of educational activities designed to open a dialogue on understanding and preventing hate speech.
Dialogue + proposes a series of public actions to revitalize ethnocultural relations and encourage greater mobilization of young people, whether they are Canadians of origin or from different cultural communities.
These actions are supported by a multipurpose advisory committee, which includes young people, actors from various backgrounds and experts, as well as by the Dialogue + project team.
They are based on three main components: a Canada-wide survey to assess Canadians’ perceptions of discrimination and radicalization, the creation of a “Youth in Action” committee and the holding of public forums on intercultural dialogue in the five cities; Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Ottawa, Hamilton and Moncton
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- « Dialogue + » study on Canadians‘ perceptions of discriminatory practices and violent radicalization: The Chair participated in the « Dialogue + » study (in partnership with Actions interculturelles and the governments of Canada and Quebec). This study was conducted in the Canadian cities of Moncton, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Ottawa and Hamilton to measure the perception of the general public and immigrant communities regarding integration and the risks of discrimination on exclusion and radicalization. The report was officially submitted in February 2019.
FORUM JEUNESSE : Penser la démocratie autrement
The Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism (OSR) and the Philosophy, Education and Society Group (PES) have set up a program to counter and defuse extremist speech leading to violence: the Youth Forum—Thinking Democracy differently. A different theme is proposed each year to stimulate discussion and democratic political engagement among high school and CEGEP students. The idea is to help high school ethics and religious culture teachers and CEGEP philosophy teachers address issues related to political extremism in their classes.
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Project: Prevention of violent radicalization and extremism in universities in Quebec (UNI-PREV Quebec)
The objectives of this project are to:
- to identify the perceptions and manifestations of these phenomena within academic institutions;
- to identify the challenges for institutions, for administrative and teaching staff and for students;
- to identify the strategies and measures implemented by institutions;
- to identify the specific needs of institutions in this area;
- to propose a series of recommendations and possible solutions to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in order to support and guide the institutional action of academic institutions.
Media coverage of violent extremism: professional practices, social responsibilities and ethics
Media coverage of the attacks has long raised questions about the social responsibility of the media and the limits of the public interest. These questions seem to be exacerbated by the current media context, which advocates for instantaneous information and is not very favourable to journalistic analysis. Information professionals are looking forward to relying on the available regulatory tools to reach their professional ideal. In addition, recent years have seen a questioning of the effectiveness of press self-regulation processes and the quest for alternative solutions to effectively regulate the journalistic practice. In this context, this project is a comparative analysis of the journalistic treatment of six attacks perpetrated in six countries and claimed by ISIS, according to their respect or not of an analytical grid based on the ethical principles recognized by the profession. In a second phase, we will meet journalists in semi-directive interviews in order to have their feedback about the results of our press analysis and to discuss the issues they have encountered in this type of coverage.
Mapping of PVE centres of expertise, experts and initiatives
In 2018, the Chair initiated the mapping of PVE centres of expertise, experts and initiatives, with a plan to aggregate the results in the form of an international bank of experts (institutions and individuals) per country, which will be made public on the Chair’s website and updated on a regular basis.
Prevention assessment models
The Chair has initiated a research project that documents selected PVE assessment models. In collaboration with the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), this research focuses specifically on formal and informal evaluation models of several PVE programs in different contexts.
Toolkit to Combat Racial and Social Profiling.
In 2019, Professor Venkatesh received funding from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) to develop a toolkit to combat racial and social profiling for criminal justice, public safety and community stakeholders in the Canadian context. The development of this toolkit will be accompanied by an environmental analysis, literature review, analysis, presentation, opinion piece and modifications based on critical comments, including those from civil society partners and municipal stakeholders who are part of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s networks.