The ICPC participates in a conference on urban safety in a pandemic

The ICPC is invited to participate in the virtual conference “Community Safety in the Midst of a Global Pandemic: Who Are We leaving behind?” organized by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP), an ICPC partner. The ICPC will be part of a panel called “Eradicating Violence: Essentials That Do Not Leave People Behind” on October 5, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (EST).

This conference will be held from October 4 to 6, 2021, and aims to support urban and rural municipalities and indigenous communities, organizations, groups, and individuals in their crime prevention and urban safety efforts in the communities and areas where they live. The conference will address many questions including the notion of safety, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on urban safety, links between systemic issues such as racism or social justice, and urban safety and the prevention of hate and violent extremism. The deadline for signing up is October 1, 2021.

Learn more and sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cmncp-2021-virtual-conference-tickets-160796082411

Local safety portrait presented to the Montreal North borough

At the end of 2020, the ICPC, in collaboration with sociologists Mariam Hassaoui (TELUQ) and Victor Armony (UQAM), started developing a local safety portrait of violence committed and suffered by youth in the borough of Montreal North. This portrait should better identify the needs of youth between 12 and 25 years of age in Montreal North and, in 2021, support a call for collaborative projects acting on contributing factors of violence in youth such as:

  • Violence in intimate and sexual relationships;
  • Physical, verbal, and psychological violence;
  • Sense of belonging and trust in authority figures.

These elements have been analysed in four contexts: private, academic, external public, and internal public, and take the gender of the presumed perpetrators and of the victims into account.

The local safety portrait was presented in several instances throughout the month of June:

  1. To the borough’s executive committee;
  2. To the borough’s local government;
  3. To the procedure’s steering committee.

By taking stock of violence committed and suffered by youth, this portrait will lay the foundation for concerted action.

New publication from an ICPC partner

The UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair), Sherbrooke University, partner of the ICPC, has recently published a report titled "Constraints and opportunities in evaluating programs for prevention of violent extremism: how the practitioners see it". This report is based on semi-directed interviews conducted in an earlier study by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) (Madriaza, Ponsot, & Marion, 2017) and on a focus group conducted by the UNESCO-PREV Chair in Ottawa, Canada, in March 2019.

To read the report: Constraints and opportunities in evaluating programs for prevention of violent extremism: how the practitioners see it 

The ICPC participates in International Prison Innovation Week

On June 24th, the ICPC presented at International Prison Innovation Week organized in Chile by our partner, the Coinserta network. The ICPC’s presentation, “Developing an Intervention and Prevention Response to Radicalization Leading to Violence in the French Probation System”, was on its research-action developed in 2016 to prevent violent extremism in the French probation system. The presentation aimed to introduce a radicalization prevention tool, specifically for a custodial setting, that could be adapted to the needs of indigenous communities in Chile.

The ICPC participates in International Prison Innovation Week

On June 24th, the ICPC will be presenting as part of International Prison Innovation Week organised by the Coinserta network that promotes innovation in the prison ecosystem. From 10:45 to 11:15 EDT, the ICPC, who is a member of said network, will deliver a presentation on the prevention of radicalization of violence in conditional release. Among the other speakers there are the University of Birmigham, the Centre for Reintegration Initiatives (CIRE) of the Catalonian Department of Justice, the University of Barcelona, the Norwegian Correctional Service, the Chilean Gendarmerie, the University of Belfast and the University of Glasgow.

The event will be hosted online on Zoom. Click here to sign up.

The ICPC organizes a focus group of local Saint-Laurent stakeholders

The ICPC met with various community and institutional key actors working in the Saint-Laurent neighbourhood as part of the process leading up to a local safety audit.

This focus group’s goal was to better contextualize local realities, to identify the more at-risk parties, and to shed light on emerging problems that might not have been brought up in literature reviews or statistics. Speaking with local actors provides us with a more accurate view of local crime issues.

The local safety audit will be finished in June 2021.

ICPC’s participation in a webinar on the place of youth in the city

On February 4, the Réseau d'échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, offered a webinar on the place of youth in the city, more specifically on how knowledge and culture can act as protective factors for youth.

The RÉSAL opened a space for discussion to highlight different projects related to knowledge and culture that have a positive impact on the lives of Montreal youth in terms of violence prevention.

The invited panelists included Lucie Caillère, Executive Director of Projet Harmonie, Kémy St-Éloy, Community Coordinator, Prevention Pointe-de-l'Île, Katrina Journeau, Executive Director and co-founder of Prima Danse, and Karine Lavoie, Executive Director of Cirque Hors Piste.

To learn more about their presented projects, please visit the following page: https://www.resal-mtl.com/savoirs-et-culture.

Second RESAL Online Panel Discussion on the Place of Youth in the City

The Réseau d'échanges et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, invites you to its second online discussion panel on the place of young people in the city, and more specifically on how knowledge and culture can act as protective factors for youth.

The RÉSAL wishes to offer a space for discussion in order to highlight different initiatives and projects related to knowledge and culture that have a positive impact on the lives of Montreal youth, in terms of violence prevention.

The four following panelists will be part of the conversation:

The following questions will be addressed in particular:

  • What led you to define your project to meet the needs of youth and what needs does it address?
  • How has this project created a space for youth in the city?
  • What success factors were observed in terms of harmonious sharing in the public space?

Information to remember:
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-la-place-des-jeunes-dans-la-ville-136637834441)

This webinar is open to all, especially those working with youth.

The number of registrations is limited: first come, first served! Looking forward to seeing you there!

*Please note that the discussion will take place in French.

ICPC attends ADS+ training session

ICPC attended an Analyse différenciée selon les sexes intersectionnelle (ADS+) training session (Intersectional Gender Analysis), on the theme of violence prevention and urban safety. This training session, with a cross-cutting approach to countering discrimination, was offered by Relais-femmes, in collaboration with the City of Montreal.

More specifically, its objectives were to:

  • Understand the impact of stereotypes and systemic discrimination in the lives of individuals;
  • Develop a shared understanding of gender-based and intersectional analysis;
  • And to learn about concrete applications of ADS+ in the city of Montreal.

It offered a better understanding of how to use effective and necessary tools to integrate gender-based and intersectional analysis at each stage of a project cycle: more accurate data, a more accurate picture of the needs of marginalized social groups, more inclusive communication and events, more comprehensive impact assessments, etc.

RESAL’s online discussion panel on the place of youth in the city

*Please note that the discussion will be held in French.

The Réseau d'échanges et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, is proud to announce its third annual colloquium focusing on the place of youth in the city.

This year, due to social distancing measures, the RESAL is offering a new formula of three webinars that will lead to a face-to-face colloquium in the spring of 2021, if the situation allows. These webinars are intended to foster discussions between key players in violence prevention in Montreal on the following themes:

  1. Sports, arts and recreation
  2. Knowledge and culture
  3. Employment and housing

RÉSAL invites you to its first online discussion panel on the place of youth in the city, and more specifically on how sports, arts and recreation can act as protective factors for young people.

We would like to offer a space for discussion in order to highlight various sports, arts and recreation-related projects that have a positive impact on the lives of young Montrealers.

Three panelists will be presenting their projects:

The following questions will be addressed in particular:

  • What led you to define your project to meet the needs of youth and what needs does it address?
  • How has this project created a space for youth in the city?
  • What success factors were observed in terms of harmonious sharing in the public space?

Information to remember: 
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 
Registration: online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-la-place-des-jeunes-dans-la-ville-125275487355)

The number of registrations is limited: first come, first served!