Prévention Montréal: Mobilizing young people to fight exclusion and discrimination

On 19 June 2023, at the Maison du développement durable, the ICPC was pleased to take part in an information session on the regional component (2023-2025) of the “Prévention Montréal” programme, presented by members of the City of Montréal’s Service de la diversité et de l’inclusion sociale (SDIS).   

Created in 2020, Prévention Montréal helps to include citizens aged 0-30 at risk of exclusion and discrimination by mobilizing and consulting them. The programme helps to strengthen their civic and social commitment by helping them to learn more about their rights, but also by promoting their participation through sport, leisure and culture.   

By adopting more inclusive public initiatives, notably through the ADS+ approach (Gender and Intersectionality Analysis), the City of Montreal hopes to promote high-quality, safe living environments in the future, particularly on the Internet, by raising awareness and preventing cyber-violence.  

Aware of the importance of this initiative, the ICPC stressed the importance of launching a project specifically focused on “support for stakeholders”. This project would make it possible to support local participants, organisations and community initiatives that are actively working to prevent exclusion and discrimination in order to make an active contribution to building a society that is inclusive, egalitarian and respectful of all. 

The ICPC expands its partnerships in crime prevention

On Wednesday 14 June, the ICPC hosted in Montreal the President of the RC3D (Réseau pour la Coopération Décentralisée et le Développement Durable), Ms Angèle Bagnia, the President of the Associations des communes et villes unies du Cameroun pour le littoral (CUVC), Mr Valentin Epoupa Bossambo, and the Executive Director of the Société d’Assainissement du Cameroun (SECA), Ms Arlette Tchapoya, who is also a member of the Douala City Council.   

The RC3D promotes international and inter-professional exchanges of experience and knowledge transfer, thus creating a platform that is unique in Africa and Canada.    

The purpose of this meeting was, therefore, to renew the cooperation between our two entities following the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to evaluate the actions taken and to outline the possibilities for collaboration to prevent crime. 

Discussion on the impact of street gangs on girls: trauma, sexual exploitation and violence

On 8 June, the ICPC took part in a lunchtime talk at which Anne-Marie Ducharme, a doctoral student in psychoeducation at the University of Sherbrooke, presented a report on the clinical consequences of trauma suffered by adolescent girls in contact with street gangs and their involvment with sexual exploitation and violence.  

The meeting, which brought together various institutional, academic and community players, including members of RÉSAL, allowed the ICPC to benefit from the experience gained by stakeholders in the field, to learn about the concerns shared by the practice groups and to make conceptual progress on its projects funded by the Urban Safety Laboratory of the Quebec Ministry of Public Safety on recruitment by street gangs and the sexual exploitation of teenagers. 

A new Research Assistant joins the team

In September 2022, the ICPC welcomed a new employee to the team: Charline Stiefvater. 

Charline, Research Assistant, holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Before joining the team, she previously worked mainly on research projects related to the rights of indigenous peoples in a Canadian context. She is particularly interested in issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty, LGBTQ+ issues and the interaction between social movements and institutions. 

Welcome to the team!  

The ICPC takes part in a PNI coordination meeting

On May 27th, the ICPC took part in the second coordination meeting of the year of the Institutes of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) as part of its role on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

Among other things, the meeting allowed the members of the network to present their recent and ongoing activities, revisit the “Kyoto Declaration on Advancing Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and the Rule of law” and report on the 31st session of the CCPCJ, which took place from 16 to 20 May in Vienna. 

The visit of the delegation of the Carabineros of Chile at the ICPC

In the framework of the reciprocal cooperation agreement developed with its partner, the Carabineros de Chile, the ICPC received last week a delegation in Montreal. Exchanges were held throughout the week on approaches to building a common vision on crime prevention and on different policing approaches.

During the week, we were delighted to welcome Mr. Felipe Orellana Martínez, Consul General of Chile in Montreal, for an exchange session on policing realities in Quebec and Chile.   

Also, the ICPC and the Carabineros de Chile were hosted in Nicolet to meet with Mr. Pierre St-Antoine, Director General of the École Nationale de Police du Québec, as well as members to discuss approaches related to community policing and concentration policing.   

In addition, we had the pleasure of being welcomed by Mr. Fady Dagher, Director of the Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil, for a meeting and field visit in Longueuil, by Mr. Yann-Cédric Quéro, Chief of the Partnership and Diversity Division of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, for a meeting in Montreal, as well as  by the Sûreté du Québec and the Service du renseignement criminel du Québec for discussion meetings. 

Also, we had the pleasure to meet with Mr. Mathieu Parenteau, Director of America and the Caribbean of the Ministère des relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec for a Quebec-Chile exchange meeting on the themes of Quebec’s international action in the Americas and the reality of policing in Quebec.  

Finally, we would like to thank our partners, the Carabineros de Chile; it was a pleasure to welcome them and accompany them with the objective of developing common activities favoring the development of more inclusive and safer societies and communities. We would also like to thank all the ICPC partners who made these visits and exchange sessions possible.

Job offer : Communications Assistant – Summer 2022

As part of the Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (YCWBOL) program, the ICPC is seeking to fill the position of Communications Assistant for the summer of 2022. Their tasks will include to assist the Communications Team in the implementation of the ICPC communications strategy, and to support the planning, management and promotion of the organization’s communications efforts to reach its target audiences. This is a cross-functional role that directly affects the organization’s activities before, during and after their deployment.

The objective of the summer employment activities is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop and evaluate their acquired knowledge in the field of communications in order to be able to apply it in a professional setting.

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the assistant will more specifically support two main projects:

– Promote engagement among members who have joined the organization’s network through the development of a long-term communication strategy (consolidation of the relationship with members, fostering exchanges, support, promotion).

– Support the organization of an international conference on the theme of safety in public transportation (mobilization of participants, online promotional strategy, writing and follow-up emails, organizing speakers’ travel, writing translation and revision of preparation documents)

The deadline to submit an application is on May 16, 2022. The deadline for applications has been extended to May 31, 2022.

*Applications are now closed.

To see the full job offer: Communications Assistant – Summer 2022