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Pre-Parliament Event Highlights Peace Education from the Perspective of Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions

May 3, 2023

On Thursday, May 11th join “Peace Education from the Perspective of Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions” an official pre-Parliament event of the 2o23 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The event is part of the continuing education for teachers at the University of Helsinki called Common Future: Building Sustainable Development and Peace in Different Subjects.

The seminar is open to all, free of charge, and will provide material for the Peace  Education in Education Guide and in-service teacher training for teachers. The event will address:

  • What is peace for Indigenous people and how does this help to steer sustainable, local and global agency? 
  • What can we learn from the understanding of Indigenous peace so that this knowledge is instilled at schools in Finland? 
  • What is the role of a teacher as an influencer and a peace educator? 

When: May 11th, 2023 at 16.00 – 18.00 (in Finnish) and at 18.15 – 19.00 (UTC+3) (in English)

Where: Siltavuorenpenger 5, Minerva K232, Faculty of Education, University of Helsinki or via Zoom (Meeting ID: 633 8984 8592 | Passcode: 766468)


Irja Seurujärvi, a Professor Emerita has been the chairperson of the Sámi Parliament and has participated in the development of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and taught in Sámi and Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki.  She is the chairman  of the Sámi Language and Culture Research Society, chairman of the Sámi Language Board and vice chairman of the Finnish chapter of the Minority Rights Group.

Meri Mononen-Matias, a Mexico coordinator of the Finnish Peace League has collaborated specifically with the indigenous peoples of the Mexican state of Oaxaca since 2006.

Ville-Veikko Hirvelä, Hirvelä from the Friends of Earth’s Contact with Land, Forest and Indigenous Cultures has studied planetarily sustainable and just life in reciprocal relationship with indigenous people, and consulted indigenous peoples reciprocally in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Arto Kallioniemi, a Professor in the UNESCO Chair on Values, Dialogue and Human Rights and Heidi Rautionmaa, a peace educator from networks of URI, Religions for Peace, ENORB and KAICIID, will also be at the event.

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