Current Projects

Pathways to Justice

January 2017-January 2020

Funded by Staus of Women Canada

As we keep the voices and direct experiences of women experiencing gendered violence as central to the project, we will ask the questions: What does justice look like from their perspective? Can the criminal justice system deliver unbiased justice? If so, what alterations are needed for that to happen? And if not, then what are the pathways to that justice, who will steward it and how can it be structured and resourced?    

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Restorative Conversations - Expanding the Dialogue

January 2018-April 2019

Funded by Justice Canada, PCVI

In partnership with the N.S. Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Bridges Institute and the Mi'kmaw Legal Support Network, the project builds on existing conversations about how to provide more meaningful justice for victims/survivors of gender-based violence through exploring the role and potential of using a restorative approach. Within a framework of action-research and developmental evaluation, BTPI is gathering retrospective and real-time data using deep-dialogue interviews of those involved in focused conversations over the past number of years at a Halifax-based table, as well as key stakeholders and knowledge keepers in the Province.  

 Through a diversity of views and perspectives, we will capture what is being learned and accomplished through the conversations, identified barriers and risks, current practices and underlying principles, facilitating factors, impacts, blind spots and the voices missing from the discourse. 

 The process will include gathering interview participants and Halifax RC Table members (October 25, 2018) to make sense of the interview data together, determine areas of common ground and future prospects. This will be combined with the work of project partners:  

      -  A scoping literature review of existing restorative models for addressing intimate partner violence (Bridges with V.Singer)

       -  Development of a Resource Tool Guide for Customary Law (MLSN)

 to determine readiness for next steps, while illuminating essential guiding principles and strategic pathways for further work.  

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Our Kids on Technology

March-October 2018

Funded by Lunenburg Community Health Board, SVS Prevention Innovation Fund, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater

A series of 3 interactive public conversations on youth and the use of technology- how to guide them in using it responsibly while avoiding potential harms. Presentations on sharing intimate images; impacts on mental health, relationships, self-esteem; what parents and caring adults can do to prevent cyber-harm; legal issues and the new Cyber Safety Act; public health perspectives and LGBTQ+ youth; community strategies for harm reduction, healthy relationships and safe communities.        

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Completed Projects

The Pink Snowsuit Project

April 2017-April 2018

Funded by NS Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Fund

Funded through Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Fund, this project will offer opportunities to gather diverse groups of parents in casual, accessible spaces to talk about socially constructed gender norms and their role in sexual violence prevention.

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Daughters of the Vote

January 2017

Funded by the NS Advisory Council on Status of Women, Equal Voice Canada

In January, 2017, the Be the Peace Institute partnered with the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women to facilitate the Nova Scotia part of a national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of some Canadian women being granted the right to vote.  

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The Power of Our Voices

May-June 2016

Funded by Justice Canada, PCVI

Two events to honour Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016 were developed and hosted by the Be the Peace Institute in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. In partnership with Second Story Women’s Centre, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Equity and Access Office, and Bridgewater Police Services and funding from Justice Canada,  the theme of the events was The Power of Our Voices .  

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