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Some of the students pose in traditional dress in the Wayuu community. Walaliyadde is at the far left; Ardila is in the middle with the child.

Indigenous rights across cultures: Colombia

by MSC Staff  •  Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

A group of six MSC students joined a Human Rights field course in Colombia for two weeks last spring. Below, students Lizeth Ardila and Teruni Walaliyadde share their experiences of the course, Human and Indigenous Rights in Latin America.

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Clowning: speaking truth to power

by MSC Staff  •  Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Karen Ridd

Thirty years ago, I “fell into” clowning. I realize that’s an unusual thing to say, and you might wonder how one accidentally becomes a clown (it’s a long story, trust me). I went on to a short career in clowning, founding the first therapeutic clowning programme in the world, at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in 1986 (and a second one in Toronto a few years later).

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Honouring a peace builder: the Suzanne St. Yves Amani Peace Award

by MSC Staff  •  Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Gina Sylvestre

Though I first met Suzanne while sitting on a refugee-sponsoring committee, I had heard of her social justice work much earlier and I was intrigued to learn from her about transformation and equity. In the twenty-odd years of friendship since, I have witnessed a strong woman, rooted in personal spirituality, with an unwavering belief in humankind. Her commitment to peacemaking has been life-long, and over the years she has been involved with the Deaf community, people with disabilities, refugees, abused women, inmates, and ex-offenders.

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Food Matters Manitoba: changing the province one carrot at a time

by MSC Staff  •  Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Certain organizations attract Menno Simons grads like Milkweed attracts Monarch Butterflies. Food Matters Manitoba is one such nonprofit. 

Food Matters, which partners with communities across the province to “make food more available and affordable,” currently employs five Menno Simons grads or current students: Jennifer French (IDS), Amanda Froese (IDS), Gabriel Gabriel (IDS, CRS), Rob Moquin (CRS), and Katrina Sklepowich (CRS).

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Peace Research Journal: Call for Papers from the 2016 CARFMS Conference

by MSC Staff  •  Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies invites presenters at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) 2016 Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba to submit conference papers focused specifically on conflict resolution and international development.

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