CPT would like to acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples that has been stewarding and keeping these lands since time immemorial. We know these lands were always a traditional gathering place of many nations and know that the Haudenesaunee, the Anishnaabe, and the Huron Wendat and others shared and protected these lands through peaceful agreements such as The Dish With One Spoon Wampum. This agreement was widely recognized by many Nations and many versions of this agreement exist throughout Turtle Island. It is a foundational agreement that speaks so universally and to the very foundations of what we as Human Beings must do to live in balance and harmony amongst ourselves and Mother Nature.
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Children's Peace Theatre grounds, and all the good work they are doing.
What we do
Children’s Peace Theatre uses the arts and artistic creativity as critical tools for personal and social transformation. Our mandate is to co-create a culture of peace using an arts based, intergenerational and holistic approach that cultivates ecological, social and spiritual resilience with the individual and the community. We centre the voices of BIPoC communities to co-create imaginative solutions for equitable and fair futures for all.
We are a catalyst for ideas, discussions and actions that make the arts more central and meaningful to people’s lives, in order to promote healthier young people, more vibrant democracies and equitable societies. It is our commitment to provide a space where young people can create and learn from artists and Elders.
Our flagship program Peace Camp provides opportunities for children and youth to work with professional artists to create public presentations that speak to the issues impacting their lives, while learning skills in Conflict Transformation.
Soil, Spirit, Society is an intersectional, multi-disciplinary project that puts our decolonial arts praxis into action. It includes an Artist Residency for Black and Indigenous youth, a community garden, and the development of a Village Matrix that explores innovative forms of governance.
The Youth Arts Space provides mentorship, and space for young culture makers to develop their own art for social change projects. Young people have access to a lounge, music studio, commercial kitchen and support from a dynamic team of artists, Elders and peers to help them achieve their goals, while learning participatory leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
The Peace Platform also known as an Emerging Governance Platform, provides mentorship and administrative support to youth led projects. Check out some of the projects on the Platform below.
Conflict Transformation Workshops are arts based workshops for Schools, Community groups and the Workplace to create more equitable and inclusive spaces.
Read our Artistic Manifesto here
Core Programs and Projects
Children's Peace Theatre | 305 Dawes Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4B 2E2