Continuing Education Peacebuilding Workshop Series

Program Description

This non-accredited workshop series is designed to build and enhance an appreciation for Indigenous knowledge, specifically Hodinohso:ni’ thought and philosophy, as a framework when approaching peacebuilding. Continuing Education students within these workshops will be guided by experts in the field as they engage in critical thought and rich discussion around theories and practice of peacebuilding amongst peers. 

This year’s Peacebuilding workshop series includes:

  1. Education for and as Peacebuilding, facilitated by Darren Thomas | March 23, 2022 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  2. Environmental Justice as Peace, facilitated by Darren Thomas | March 30, 2022 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  3. Indigenous Women and Peacebuilding, facilitated by Sara General-Deer | April 6, 2022 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Virtual (Microsoft Teams) Link will be emailed to registrants


  • Email Trisha MacDonald, Unit Coordinator, identifying which sessions they wish to register for.
  • Students must be 18 years or older to register.
  • Limited spaces are available within each of the classes.

2022 Workshop Descriptions

(All workshops will be Virtual. A Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to registrants)



“Education for and as Peacebuilding” with Darren Thomas This workshop will examine the philosophical underpinnings of Hodinohsó:ni thought.  Understanding the central tenets of Hodinohsó:ni philosophy is essential to Hodinohsó:ni citizenship.  This philosophy informs how the Hodinohsó:ni used their ancient and spiritual knowledge to construct a society based upon peace and universal justice.
“Environmental Justice as Peace” with Darren Thomas The workshop will explore the Hodinohsó:ni beliefs about Creation, which is that all elements of the universe have a spirit and deserves to be honoured.  We as humans are here to be caretakers of Creation.  We have to understand our dependence on the natural world and consider Mother Earth to be the primary holder of knowledge because she holds the answers to live a happy, full life.
“Indigenous Women and Peacebuilding” with Sara General-Deer

This workshop will explore aspects of Haudenosaunee matriarchal society, and discuss how the roles and participation of Indigenous women in Haudenosaunee civilizations is an enactment and embodiment of peacebuilding. This workshop also explores how Haudenosaunee civilization is structured upon equity and equality of all, which is a critical element of how peacebuilding may be implemented today. Themes of connectedness, dialogue, acceptance, peace, love, and transformation in Hodinohsó:ni cultural stories will also be discussed.

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