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The Relationship Between Social Justice Issues and Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence. When Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his dream, he chose language that would stir the hearts of his audience.
This workshop hopes to offer a wide ranging conversation allowing participants to share their insights, knowledge, and wisdom. It aims to discuss issues of injustice as often affecting the emotional and physical well-being of a person or a community. What is the role of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in creating awareness when it comes to social justice issues related to areas such as human rights, gender inequity, racism, violent extremism,  sexism, etc. The purpose of this workshop will be to advocate how emotional intelligence traits can be successfully used to deepen our understanding of how to foster “socially conscious”  practices within the Canada. The Notion of cultural intuition will be explored as Emotional intelligence allows an awakening from cultural competence to cultural humility.   After all emotional intelligence traits, if practiced responsibly, can make society a better place for everyone to live and work in.
We  will also  discuss social media trends and attitudes and identify the characteristics related to EI in social media sites that play important role in impacting behavior.

Darlene Doiron has over 25 years of experience with various levels of government in counselling, teaching and conflict resolution.  She is currently employed as a Mediator with the Federal government and the founder of Medi8 Solutions Inc. which is company supporting peaceful dialogues, mediation, facilitation and training.  She specializes in difficult conversations/negotiations—where emotions run high and relationships become strained.  With a Master’s Degree in Psychology, she is also a current graduate student of the United Nations University of Peace. Serving on various boards she prides herself in actively promoting happiness, forgiveness and mediation models in her work and her community.  She is on three mediation rosters for Child Protection, Olympic Level Sports Disputes and the Energy Board of Canada. Darlene is a graduate of both the Program on Negotiation at Harvard and Dalhousie University.  Very grateful for her education and experience she feels her best schooling in negotiation began with her own two children. This led to her lifelong learning journey with a dedicated focus on cultivating optimism in the face of seemingly-intractable conflicts at the individual, societal and global levels.


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Development Sustainability through The Integral Value Chain Model

The workshop will examine the Integral Value Chain development model as a holistic approach to economic development. The model deals with development challenges by recognizing 4 aspects of development: internalized individual and community cultural norms as well as the tangible aspects of life such as individual physical health, human made infrastructure as well as regional eco systems. 
The workshop will include a discussion of the ISCA’s implementation study conducted in northern Haiti in 2014, the development proposal and the actual work undertaken, in partnership with Chalice and peasant farmers to establish 27 backyard poultry enterprises, an agro supply store and a laying barn in 2017. The presentation will also provide an overview of these existing operations and the successes and challenges observed in a recent (March 2018) operational audit.

David MacKay is an agro-food business consultant working both internationally and in the Atlantic region. He works in Haiti and the Ukraine where he utilizes the integral value chain model to develop a sustainable business approach to livestock production. David ensures that development initiatives have the infrastructure and market support necessary to succeed. This development aspect is critical to the ISCA-AIDC model of sustainable development. He has worked to foster sustainable community development right here at home through his work with a variety of community based organizations including the PEI Organic Producers Co-op, Farmer's Markets, PEI Eco-Net Co-op, and other Atlantic region NGOs.


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The Road from Idle No More to Old Harry

The workshop will examine federal government issues and policies that relate to climate change, extractive industries and First Nations issues and will focus on the protection of the environment, meeting Paris climate targets and the rights of indigenous peoples (including UNDRIP). This will be examined in light of the various issues that have arisen in Atlantic Canada including various projects like Alton Gas, Elsipogtog and tracking, Old Harry and Corridor Resources, Abercrombie Mill, Muskrat Falls, access to water issues  and related Canadian projects such as pipelines where indigenous communities are on the front lines and which highlight the need to protect water and our environment for the next seven generations. There will also be examination of some successful campaigns on PEl and elsewhere and see if there is room to apply some of these practices to these emerging issues, work within existing networks and groups and to reach out to Atlantic Canadian Members of Parliament on these issues.

Leo Cheverie is a member of SOSS, CUPE's National Aboriginal Council, No Frack PEl, Native Council of PEl and has been an advocate on various issues including indigenous rights and environmental sustainability. He has taught lobbying and political actions within CUPE and to citizen groups.


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In her own voice: Documentary and discussion with Sandra Moran

Join us for the premiere of a short documentary En Voz Propia (In her own voice), which tells the story of Guatemala's first feminist and openly gay Member of Congress, Sandra Moran. The film takes us through a journey of close to four decades of struggle for the rights of historically marginalized groups in the country: Indigenous peoples, women and LGBTI community. Sandra's personal history is weaved together with the recent history of the Central American country. The film will be followed by a discussion with Sandra on movements, resistance and her life in Guatemala.

Sandra Moran is an advocate for LGBT, women's and Indigenous rights, as well as an accomplished musician. She is also the first feminist and openly gay Member of Congress to be elected in Guatemala. Her experience includes coordinating the Sector de Mujeres, an alliance of 33 women’s groups in Guatemala.