McMaster alumnus finds resolution of peace and conflict in her job


When we think of peace, many different conceptions of the concept may pop into our minds.  Peace can mean settling a dispute with your loved one; a confrontation with a co-worker that still needs to be worked out; or the many of the global issues that plague our world today, such as the numerous conflicts in the Middle East or tensions with North Korea.  Very rarely do we think of peace on the micro level.  For the most part, we only think of peace in an outward sense and rarely within ourselves.

Danielle Boissoneau comments on peace and conflict and how the two can be resolved as part of her job, as well as in her blog, Sken:nen.  Danielle’s academic background is from McMaster where she was a student of Indigenous Studies and Political Science. Danielle is an Annishnaabeq of the Old Turtle Clan, from the Garden River First Nation.  She and I recently met up so I could get her perspectives on peace.

Q. Where are you employed right now?

A. I’m working for an NGO: the Canadian Centers for Teaching Peace.  [I work at] The Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace [which] is located in the Skydragon Centre, we call it the Peace Café.  Specifically my program is called Indigenous Peace Education.

Q. So what is it exactly that you do?

A. It is a lot of workshops, dialogue sessions, and sharing information with people in different ways.  I am putting on a conference on November 11th called the Indigenous Peace Education Conference.   It is in correlation with the National Peace Education Conference from November 12th-15th.  The whole thing about the conference is that you learn about making peace with yourself and with your community and then take that to the global level.  One of the sayings of the conference is about finding peace within yourself, something I think is important.