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Local Law Student Hopes To Highlight Dangers of Extremism

Local law student Daniel Gallant is hoping to educate young people about the dangers of radicalization in an effort to prevent them from joining extremist groups.

While Gallant is presently studying law at Thompson Rivers University, he has created a tool that fights extremism by taking it to where the young people are - classrooms.

The TRU law student developed a program called "Extreme Dialogue" that uses online videos to highlight stories such as his.

His video highlights the significant impact of an abusive and uncertain childhood lead him at 19 years old to becoming involved in violent extreme right wing white supremacist groups.

This involvement lead him to violent behaviour that included committing an assault a day for over a year.

Even though his anger had lead him to this behaviour, Gallant is now channeling his past anger into helping to steer people away from racism, extremism and violence.

Now Gallant is passionate about anti-racism and anti-discrimination work, including his efforts around "Extreme Dialogue".

Gallant has earned his Master's Degree in Social Work and now working to earn a law degree at Thompson Rivers University.

His story is now a shining example of how anyone can transform from hate to kindness.


Photo Credit: Extreme Dialogue


 
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