Moral Injury

Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, the founder of the Dallaire Institute, led the United Nations peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that took nearly a million lives over 100 days. At this time, few outside of the military were aware of the severe psychological and moral damages that witnessing such atrocities can cause. General Dallaire’s experience has helped to destigmatize the potentially devastating operational stress injuries that many military personnel face as a result of their service. 

Seeking Research Study Participants

The Dallaire Institute, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre, is conducting research to explore the experiences of Canadian military personnel who have engaged with children* recruited and used as soldiers.

We are seeking individuals who:

– Are veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces

– Ages 18 or older and living in Canada

– Have witnessed or engaged with children recruited and used as soldiers

The research is oriented to inform and enhance training, policy and prevention strategies to better prepare personnel for complex deployments and improve care for those who experienced morally injurious events.

If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please phone or e-mail Sharon Bernards, Project Coordinator, at 519-281-6182 or [email protected].

*As per the Paris Principles, a child soldier is any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and those accompanying such groups, other than purely as family members. The definition includes girls recruited for sexual purposes and forced marriage. The term child soldier does not, therefore, refer only to a child who is carrying or has carried arms.