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Organization: International Day of Peace in Canada
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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

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ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.



Calgary: Peace Pole Unveiling Ceremony, which included a walk for Peace, music and food. Mural Unveiling on International Avenue.

Edmonton: 100 people gathered in front of City Hall. Participants raised a World Peace Flag, organized a flash mob for climate change, and many spoke and sang about Peace. Participating organizations: Project
Ploughshares, Raging Grannies, Earth’s General Store. View pictures and videos from the event.

Sundre: Peace ceremony, meditation and Peace Sing-A-Long. Organized by Raising Human Consciousness.

British Columbia

Cowichan: A gathering of all faiths, First Nation groups and the public to share their dreams of Peace in their community and Mother Earth. Kamloops: Students at Aberdeen Elementary Montessori created Peace flags and said a peace prayer for a chosen country across the world.

Tofino: Hundreds attended ”Peace Day Tofino”, which included a free concert with speeches from local Peace and environmental leaders, mixed arts, the Mayor of Tofino, candle-lit Peace circle, educational tables and
flamenco dancing.

Victoria: Members of the Vancouver Island Vegetarian Association and other organizations presented information on how a vegan diet can promote Peace. One of many “Peace Begins on your Plate” events that took place around the world on Peace Day.


Winnipeg: Screening of “Pray the Devil Back to ####”, which was followed by a discussion panel – sponsored by Manitoba University’s Ph.D. Program in Peace & Conflict Studies.


Belleville: Peace Day Music Festival, which included yoga, acoustic and 60s/70s tunes. Proceeds were donated to Tools 4 Humanity.

Mississauga: Celebration at Lake Ontario for a Peace Stone unveiling, featuring native drumming, children’s choirs, and original music.

Ottawa: Thousands attended a 13 day Festival of Peace located in multiple venues, which began on Peace Day and marked Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday. There were dozens of events from a wide range of cultural and Peacebuilding organizations, including: a Peace walk to Victoria Island with Circle of All Nations, school activities, a writing and art contest, films, Peace proclamations, special Peace exhibits, religious observances, a panel on environmental problems and nuclear weapons abolition, a music concert, forums on how corporations and world religions promote/advocate for Peace, an Aboriginal trade show, a celebration of Gandhi’s birthday. Organized by: multiple Ottawa Peace and justice civil society groups including: City of Peace Ottawa, Circle of All Nations, the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) and the United Nations Association of Canada. Full program of events and participating organizations is available. Pictures from Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa.

Sudbury: 75 attended a Peace and interfaith gathering and march which included a choir, candle lighting, addresses and refreshments.

Sunderland: 150 attended a celebration at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary hosted by Roots & Shoots Canada. It was a day of games, readings, nature walks, vegetarian BBQ and building Peace Doves.

Toronto: 200 attended “Global Mala Toronto”, one of many yoga events on Peace Day as part of the Global Mala Project. 25 attended an evening of songs and stories about Peace. Learn more. Small Peace ceremony at Universal Light Centre. Chain of Peace event at the Peace Garden in City Hall with the Toronto Chapter of Children’s International Summer Villages.

Waterloo: Talk at University of Waterloo hosted by the Peace and Conflict Studies department about a Gazan doctor who serves as a bridge for Peace. Large service about Peace at New Apostolic Church.


Danforth: Hundreds atteneded the 2nd annual Danforth Multifaith Peace walk, a two-kilometer pilgramage from church to mosque to synagogue. “Traversing the distance between our houses of faith on foot will help us to realize that the distance between us is not as great as we might believe”. See video promoting the event.

Montreal: The “Pacifest” festival took place, a 4 day Peace event program. Peace Day began with a Peace Pipe Ceremony, a presentation of the Pacifist prize laureate, and later many took part in a “flash mob for peace” organized in collaboration with Armistice. “The Day After
Peace” was projected at Cinema Du Parc. Evening included a live painting demonstration was given by Boa Labo. Guests included Cirque du Soleil, musicians and DJs.


Dillon: 100 high school students stood in the formation of the peace sign, and decided to hold monthly events for Peace.

Saskatoon: Open Stage Jam at Vangelis Tavern to celebrate Peace. More events took place in: Cowichan, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton

Note: for information from previous years, see the website

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

On a global level, reported events for the International Day of Peace continue to grow year after year (see the website listed above):

In the 2005 Report, 155 Peace Day events in 47 countries are presented.

The 2007 records show that:
* We had 623 commitments across the world
* 70 countries
* 225 cities (outside of the USA)
* 42 US states
* An estimate of nearly 500,000 participants
* An average of 500 people per event

2009 annual report listed 700+ events

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

not reported

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The International Day of Peace is an annual event.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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