Youth Resilience is Key to ‘Waging Peace’

Preventing violent extremism (PVE) is a multi-generational challenge in waging peace, and to do it properly, communities will need to rely on the resilience of youth. This means empowering youth…

Why Our Boys Need Emotional Intelligence

There is a distinct cultural shift in favor of cultivating emotional intelligence in young men. Perhaps it was inevitable. The rise of ideological violence across the board — from Islamic…

White Supremacists: How They’ve Learned From ISIS

Technology has made it easier for violent extremist groups to follow the lead of the likes of ISIS; specifically, these groups have learned from ISIS how to use social media and online networking…

My Son’s Execution

Christianne Boudreau is a Canadian mother who was personally affected by the impact of violent extremism. Her son, Damian, was radicalized and killed while fighting in Syria. Christianne talks about…

My Son the ISIS Fighter

Christianne Boudreau is a Canadian mother who was personally affected by the impact of violent extremism. Her son, Damian, was radicalized and killed while fighting in Syria. Christianne reflects on…

Mothers Worry About Toxic Masculinity

As mothers to sons, we worry about the toxic masculinity many of our boys are being raised around as well as the possibility of this toxic masculinity being a precursor…

White Supremacists Alive and Well in Canada

A news report recently released by the Globe and Mail outlines a white supremacist subculture that exists online. Published in the report are excerpts of messages sent by Canadians, showing us that…

Military, Police and the Extremists Among Them

Two police officers in Virginia were recently fired for alleged ties to white supremacist organizations. Over the years, we have also seen several violent attacks carried out by military personnel tied to right-wing movements….

Are Special Needs Youth More Vulnerable to Radicalization?

The most vulnerable population for radicalization are special needs youth, including those that have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Aspergers, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or who suffer from learning…