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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in General News

The PeaceMaking Collective and Two Peace Camps in B.C.



DATE: 14 April 2015

CONTACT Barbarah Nicoll 250 551 2402,


Kootenay Society for Life-long Learning Announces the Launch of

The PeaceMaking Collective and Two Peace Camps.

3 BC camps








The PeaceMaking Collective projects for May, July and Aug. 2015 include:


  • Monday, May 11, 6:30-9pm at the Eagles’ Hall, 641 Baker St.

Curious about Peace Camps? Come find out more. For all ages and genders.

See an internationally acclaimed film about the women of Liberia non-violently creating peace, removing a dictator.

Film, food and conversation by donation.

Call Madelyn: 250-505-4122 or email, and see facebook page: The PeaceMaking Collective


  • July 21-23, Tuesday to Thursday:  Youth Peace Camp for young men and women 14-19 years old. PeaceCamp for Youth focuses on skills for peaceful interventions, strengthening capacities for non-violent communication and includes activities involving art, trust building, music and improvisation, stories, stillness, an appreciation for local cultures and the natural environment. The camp is planned and facilitated by three local youth leaders working alongside adult mentors at SelfDesign High school credit is available.
  • 24-28, Monday to Friday: Young Women’s Peace Leadership Camp for women 15 to 35 years old. Participants will meet women working for peace in different ways in our communities and world, and explore possibilities for careers and activism at all levels of the peace process. This camp, in a beautiful environment, is a time for experiencing many dimensions of peace, skill-building and friendship, and for planning activities to continue through the year. Co-sponsored by The Canadian Federation of University Women, Nelson Chapter; The Nelson and District Women’s Centre; Canadian Voice of Women for Peace;and Kootenay Society for Lifelong Learningwith a grant from the Nelson Lion’s Club. This will be the third BC Young Women’s Peace Camp, and others are running across the country.

About The PeaceMaking Collective:

The PeaceMaking Collective consists of collaborating organizations and individuals who join together as strategic partners and as a consultative forum in the community to transform the current model of threat-based security to security through collaborative nonviolent conflict resolution, enhancing peacemaking potential. Skill-building, service and leadership are facilitated to reduce all forms of violence and create cultures of peace.

Groups presently represented in the Collective are:  the Nelson & District Women’s Centre, SelfDesign High, West Kootenay Global Awareness Network, and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.The collective invites others with similar visions to join.


The PMC assists in assessing and responding to community needs and initiatives through multiple levels of community engagement. It enhances information-sharing between generations, groups and organizations about career, community life and global opportunities in violence reduction and enhances peacemaking potential.

When people have skills to resolve and de-escalate conflicts and are connected to their community, they know how to intercede before conflicts becomes acute.  Costly interventions may be avoided. With an aging volunteer population in our community, building capacity with youth to engage in volunteerism is much needed for sustainability of many programs and activities in the area.


Activities by the PMC include design and delivery of capacity building experiences for a variety of age-groups through workshops, trainings, and camps. PMC also presents public events for education, celebration and to raise funds that support specific projects. These funds make it possible for interested qualified youth to attend the camps that PMC offers each year at little or no cost. Fundraising also supports local youth to get to trainings and workshops outside the region.


The PeaceMaking Collective is a project of the Kootenay Society for Life-long Learning, a not-for-profit society fostering lifelong learning that celebrates the universal human spirit by developing and supporting learning experiences that awaken and engage human potential. KSLL engages with the advancement of Peace and Social Justice through the creation and support of not-for-profit courses, seminars, projects, camps and workshops for high school learners, community members and international guests.



Facebook: The Peacemaking Collective

KSLL,  PeaceCamp for Youth: Barbarah Nicoll 250 551 2402,


Young Women’s Peace Leadership Camp: Madelyn MacKay: 250-505-4122