Canadian School of Peacebuilding

CSOP Participant Profile – Javney Mohr

By Jonathan Dyck

From Vancouver to Winnipeg: Peacebuilding and Indigenous Rights Activism

Javney Mohr is a 28-year-old Indigenous woman from Vancouver. Before coming to Winnipeg, she studied at the University of Alberta. It was there that she developed a real passion for social justice.

“When I was an undergrad I had met Paulo Freire. His book Pedagogies of the Oppressed changed my life. I related to it a lot,” says Mohr. This is what led her towards seeking Indigenous justice.

Before attending the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), Mohr worked with Indigenous communities in Peru that are facing oppression from Canadian mining companies.

“My work was against all capitalism and all white supremacy.”

She not only worked with Indigenous communities in South America, but also in Canada. While in South America, Mohr moved back and forth from Peru to Vancouver. In Vancouver she would help with the problems of the oil pipeline and the Fentanyl crisis, which are both issues affecting the Indigenous community there.

At a certain point, Mohr felt her work in South America was finished and she moved back to Canada and began looking for peacebuilding communities. “I remember in my second or third year of university looking for places that were actually doing peacebuilding in the right way. There were so few programs that were actually practicing what they were preaching.”

CSOP is aware of the problems that Indigenous people in Canada face and is actively educating both on the intricacies and complexities of Indigenous – settler relations in Canada. With courses like 2018’s Conflict and Development Issues in Indigenous Communities as taught by Tabitha Martens, an Indigenous rights activist and PhD student studying Indigenous Food Sovereignty, CSOP’s programming seeks to explore the intricacies and complexities of Indigenous-settler relations in Canada in the name of reconciliation.

“I’m really glad that CSOP is here because to me it’s one glimmer of hope in the midst of a culture that really needs to be ended,” says Mohr.