The Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa (IDI-Ottawa), the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, held a workshop on “Averting Violent Extremism: Religious Literacy, Pluralism and Community Resilience” at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa and Carleton University on February 4 and 5, 2016.
The workshop’s aim was to work towards the development of a practical and pragmatic program. It was an interactive event designed to enable broad participation by the large number of knowledgeable and experienced people. This workshop was an expected first step in forming a network of academics, practitioners and policy makers to address the issue of averting violent extremism through educational means.
Individuals from academia (from across Canada, one from the UK, and the keynote speaker from Harvard), civil society associations, government (parliamentarians and public service officials), school boards, church groups, and Muslim institutions participated in the workshop. The organizers saw this as an opportunity to establish a social innovation lead in developing a set of non-military solutions to the global problem of violent extremism and the clash of ignorance. Please see the photos below.