Overview of Prevention Efforts

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Radicalization to violence is a process during which a person or group adopts a belief or ideology that moves them toward extremism, violence, and ultimately, terrorist activity.

Early Prevention

Individuals and groups have different factors which make them more resilient or vulnerable to the influences and harms of violent extremism.

Prevention Examples

  • Raise awareness
  • Support digital literacy
  • Support narratives that challenge violent extremism
  • Support non-violent social action and / or discussion

Signs of Radicalization to Violence

An individual or group begins to adopt extreme beliefs or ideologies that justify violence.

Prevention Examples

  • Support direct intervention
  • Support for peers, families and frontline practitioners
  • Tools to address harmful content and its impact

Illegal Activity

An individual or group acts on violent extremist beliefs by supporting illegal activity, e.g. by committing violence in Canada, travelling abroad to support a terrorist group, or in other ways.

Efforts to address illegal activity would be led by security agencies.

Prevention Example

  • Support families and communities affected by illegal activity

Rehabilitation and Reintegration

An individual or group is leaving behind involvement with violent extremism.

Prevention Examples

  • Support programs that help individuals disengage from violent ideologies
  • Support programming to help rehabilitate and reintegrate individuals and their families

We want to hear from you!

We are engaging with you to inform the development of Canada's National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence. In particular, we want to hear from youth, communities and other stakeholders to help share our policy, research and programing priorities.

What do you think?

  • Have we identified the right stages where the Canada Centre could support prevention?
  • Are there any other prevention efforts you think the Canada Centre should support?
  • Do you see a role for yourself or your organization in this work?
  • What do you think are the barriers for developing prevention initiatives?
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