Ontario Peace Leadership Camp
Peacemaking women of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the Hub and Hearth Center in the Hockley Valley near Orangeville for our 4th year. It was an opportunity to connect, learn and get inspired by each other. This year, peace Leadership Camp activities had a special focus on indigenous rights. This Included Bimaadziimgat Nbiish: Anishinaabe Water Teachings, and the much talked about KAIROS Blanket Exercise; an interactive exercise that explores historic contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada. As well as sharing personal reflections, we discussed how we can help to create a culture of justice, peace, love, and inclusiveness.
Women shared their feminist and peace activism experiences, explored different advocacy tools and told stories of resilience and solidarity from around the world. We had an evening of cultural sharing- poetry, art, sing-alongs, and dance around the bonfire. A weekend of learning, great food and laughter.
Since 2012, VOW has held leadership training summer camps across the country. The purpose is to engage, inspire and educate young women to become active leaders in peace making, providing an opportunity for VOW to build capacity for young women to become involved in women-centered peace-building efforts through the incorporation of a critical feminist analysis framework.