Canadian School of Peacebuilding

Changes to the 2020 Canadian School of Peacebuilding courses and schedule

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and social distancing directives in place across North America in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, CMU’s Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) is announcing the following changes to its June 2020 courses.

The following two currently scheduled courses will be offered in online format only, via the Zoom platform:

Leading in an Age of Polarization, with David Brubaker (Eastern Mennonite University). 

  • PCTS/BUSI-3950 and PCD-5990
  • Revised course schedule: June 8-12 and 15-19, 1:304:30 PM CST, two weeks.

Does Religion Cause Violence, with William Cavanaugh (DePaul University)

  • BTS/PCTS-3895 and BTS/PCD-5700
  • Revised course schedule: June 8-12 and 15-19, 9:00 AM12:00 PM CST, two weeks.
  • Because of high enrollment, new registrants for this course will be asked to indicate a second course choice. After current registrations have been confirmed in light of the course changes, registrations will be confirmed – please see the CSOP Courses page for updates.

The following revised course will also be offered in online format only, on new dates and may be of interest to participants originally registered for the cancelled courses Indigenous Politics, Land, and Globalization and Dreaming of Kanata and Canada:

Reconciling Stories: Indigenous Laws and Lands, with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (University of Manitoba)

  • POLS/INDS/PCTS-3950 and PCD-5190
  • Revised course schedule: June 1-5, 9:00 AM12:00 PM and 1:004:00 PM CST, one week.

New Course Description:  This course introduces participants to narratives of Indigenous laws and lands and how Indigenous peoples have used story, song, and oral and written expressions to articulate epistemologies, resistance, and record their histories, rights and responsibilities to themselves and others. Issues in the course will include the impact of colonization and globalization on Indigenous peoples of Canada and the role of social justice movements nationally and internationally in historical and contemporary struggles for recognition of sovereignty and resistance to theft of lands and resources. Participants will study Indigenous traditional and contemporary literatures (specifically graphic texts and novels), Indigenous critical theory, and devise responses and presentations based on their impressions and ideas.     

Revised syllabi for these three courses will be posted on the CSOP Courses page as soon as possible.

These four courses are cancelled:

Indigenous Politics, Land, and Globalization, with Rauna Kuokkanen
Active Bystander Training, with Joy Meeker
Trauma, Healing, and Reconciliation, with Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak
Dreaming of Kanata and Canada: Indigenous Graphic Novels and Reconciliation, with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Fees:  Course fees remain the same:  $806 for CMU Academic credit, $592 for Training (audit). The late registration fee has been waived.

Course registration changes and confirmations: Participants who have already registered for all originally scheduled CSOP courses will be contacted via email to confirm their registrations in the rescheduled/revised courses, and to arrange refunds if meals and lodging have been paid.

If you were registered in one of the courses that has been cancelled and want to switch into a different course, contact the CSOP office by April 3. After April 3, you may still register but a spot in an alternate CSOP course cannot be guaranteed.

New applications: If you wish to now register in either of the two ‘open’ courses, please apply via the CSOP website ( or via the CMU student portal (currently registered CMU students only). These revised online registration windows will be operational by Wed, April 1.

Registration deadlines: The registration deadline for all courses is the Friday prior to the course beginning (May 29 or June 5).

Refunds:  Participants who have paid the $100 advance deposit or full course fees for a cancelled course may receive refunds if they do not wish to register for one of the three rescheduled/revised courses. Refunds will be made by the same method payment was made and will take 8-12 weeks to process – we appreciate your patience.

If you have any questions, please contact the CSOP registration office at