From 2015-2018, the Molson Foundation’s supported the Dallaire Initiative’s pilot project called “Building Connections,” which laid the groundwork for a unique approach to addressing child and youth radicalization in Canada.
The project established partnerships across the country with various municipal and regional Police Departments and civil society organizations, to better respond to and prevent violent groups from targeting vulnerable children and youth in Canada. This ground-breaking work resulted in innovations such as the Hexagon Training Tool, online courses, and training workshops that all combined supports multi-stakeholder approaches to understanding and preventing radicalization leading to violence. The Hexagon tool and training has attracted interest and requests from across Canada and internationally. The Dallaire Initiative is proud of the impact we have had on addressing this complex issue, and we continue to identify opportunities to amplify our impact in this space.
In March 2020, the Molson Foundation generously invested another $100,000 in the Dallaire Initiative for a project called Capacity Building for Preventing the Recruitment and Use of Children in Violent Contexts, which will run for two years, in 2020 and 2021. This project will help strengthen our key collaborations with police services and enhance our impact through this combination of our unique expertise and set of training tools.
(PHOTO) Andrew Molson and General Dallaire