NOVEMBER 18 - 21, 2004
McMASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
Rotary Club of Okotoks
November 5, 2004 please print a copy of the Agenda and bring it
Prospective Conference Participants, CLICK HERE FOR POSTER
HAMILTON SPECTATOR ARTICLE
REGISTRATION FORM - click here to register
Finally, I am very pleased to announce that Registrants at our Conference will get a copy of the highly recommended book "The Human Right to Peace" by Canadian Senator Douglas Roche as part of the Registration Package. This is a $24.95 value, and 'must reading' for all peace educators.Regards, and hope to see you in November,
2003 CONFERENCE SUMMARY (Draft December _,2003) click here - this is an important page: it has our proposed Vision and Action Plan for Peace Education in Canada that came out of the November 2002 and 2003 Conferences.
Thursday, November 18 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - "The
elders look back toward the young and help them find a future that the elders do
not see." - Parker Palmer
This is in celebration of the International Day for Children (which is November 20). We will have a full day workshop dedicated to "A World Fit For Children": co-designed and led by area youth for youth, the workshop will explore what youth can do to help build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence. There will be lots of time for dialogue among young people. Keynote Speaker: Gandhi's Empowering Message to Young People presented in Gandhi's Appearance !! Shall Sinha, Ph.D. A leading Scholar on Mahatma Gandhi & author of 4 books including Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi ; www.gandhikeynote.com . 'An Appearance and a Keynote by Mahatma Gandhi', called 'the Father of Non-violence' and also an extraordinary leader, human being and an EDUCATOR. 'A World Fit for Children: what it means and what can and should we do' was the foremost topic in Gandhi's mind all his life. (bio) Note: while the workshop is primarily focussed on youth, "older people who are young at heart" are welcome to join in the fun ;-) INVITATION LETTER TO TEACHERS & STUDENTS A REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS - 5 STAR MUST READING
Thursday, November 18 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - A social/cultural
event celebrating "A World Fit For
Children". Entertainment: various songs and dance of
different cultures related to peace. Youth are invited to bring and
display their peace related art.
Friday, November 19 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - Concurrent Sessions:
Session A - "Mobilizing Peace Education Resources". A full day workshop to look at best case examples of classroom (K-12, University and other) resources for peace education currently available and what we need to do to help peace educators attain them. See background information below for suggestions. We will have presenters from Classroom Connections, Kathryn Sharpe of Peaceful Schools International will present a new resource entitled Peace@School , Canadian Peace Education Foundation and more to come (let us know if you have peace education resources available). At the end of the workshop, we would like to have a clear picture of what education resources are available in Canada, and what we need to do to obtain and/or expand on them. Workshop Leader David Adams (past director of UNESCO/UN International Year for the Culture of Peace and professor of Psychology (bio) http://www.culture-of-peace.info ) A REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS
Session B - "Issues and Opportunities for Hosting the International Peace Research Association 2006 Conference". A full day Open Space Technology conference of particular interest to the Peace Research community. As you may know, the gathering of hundreds of some of the finest peace researchers and educators in the world in Calgary during the summer of 2006 is an unprecedented opportunity and event, first of all for Calgary but also for the province of Alberta and for Canada. We have such a splendid opportunity to play the role of gracious, supportive and enthusiastic hosts to a large group of people from every continent, to introduce them to Canada, Alberta and Calgary and to exchange with them diverse cultural values, understandings and perspectives, both theirs and ours. The time to plan for IPRA 2006 is important, and will have a positive impact on peace research in Canada. Workshop Leader: Judi Richardson, an Open Space Facilitator, and IPRA 2006 Chair Dr. Larry Fisk (professor in Peace Studies and past President of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association) (bio). Please read the Letter of Invitation to Canadian Peace Researchers and "Concerned Others".
Session C - "The Culture of Peace News Network - Canada". A half day, morning workshop to "brainstorm" the creation of a Canadian alternative to "the Culture of War News Networks". U.N. Resolution A/RES/57/6 Encourages the involvement of the mass media in education for a culture of peace and non-violence, with particular regard to children and young people, including through the planned expansion of the Culture of Peace News Network as a global network of Internet sites in many languages. This workshop will be of particular significance to anyone who is interested in the media and participating in the creation of a Culture of Peace News Network in Canada. Workshop leader: Tom Rippon, Vancouver at email@example.com
Friday evening Social Event being planned for those who are in Hamilton - informal get together at a local Restaurant, near McMaster for dinner (pay as you go). Target time to get together: 6:15 to 6:30 pm.
The Destruction of Eve, a comedic rock-musical written by Svetlana
Zylin, Directed by Cynthia Grant, Music by Connie Kaldor, Assistant Director is
our own McMaster student/peace educator and all round good guy Rob Porter.
Friday November 19, 8 PM @ Robinson Memorial Theatre in Chester New Hall at
McMaster University. $12 student/senior $20 general payable at the door. The
Destruction of Eve, written by the late Canadian playwright and noted
director Svetlana Zylin, combines a wry sense of humour with an amusing,
thought-provoking, feminist take on the biblical myth of Eve. Mary
Magdalene, Lilith (Adam’s original mate), Eve and the Virgin Mary find
themselves an involuntary foursome in Heaven’s reception area after each is
blessed with a “Holy Summons”. Forced to wait (literally) on the will
of God, they confront one another and deconstruct the myths perpetuated through
time. God comes out in all HER glory and "all Hell breaks loose"!
Saturday, November 20 morning: (Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday Evening Social Event planned (mixer - refreshments and munchies) Location: Student Union Centre, 1st Floor lobby/Marketplace. Entertainment: TBA
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Saturday Evening: Special Pre-release screening of the new movie "Poets Against the War". Location: Student Union Centre, 1st Floor, Marketplace. No cost -- everyone welcome to this 'gala event'. A fascinating film about the power of poetry and the arts to communicate our feelings about war.
Monday, November 22 - normally we conclude the Peace Education conference with a one day workshop on "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?" This year, we anticipate that this will be covered in the National Culture of Peace Program/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium that follows from Sunday to Tuesday (ref. http://www.peace.ca/nationalcultureofpeace2004.htm ). We will pick up from the Vision and Action Plan initiated at the 2002 and 2003 Conferences (linked in background reading below) , and by the end of the Workshop we will enhance it for all that we have learned in the past year, and the past four day Conference. Peace Educators are invited to stay on for this.
REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS:
I am attaching the following Canadian Culture of Peace Program ("CCOPP")
Reports for your information:
1. CCOPP Summary Statement (in HTML) (in Microsoft Word)
2. CCOPP Initial Action Plan (in HTML) (in Microsoft Word)
3. CCOPP Leadership & Peace Workshop Report (Nov 15 - 17, 2004) (in HTML) (in Microsoft Word)
4. CCOPP Organization Network/Stakeholder Web (Draft) (in HTML)
5. CCOPP Mobilizing Peace Resources (Nov 19, 2004) (in HTML) (in Microsoft Word)
6. CCOPP Open Space Technology Conference Report (Nov 22 - 23, 2004) (in HTML) (in Microsoft Word)
and our amazing, 60 page Youth Day Report (Nov 18, 2004) (in pdf)
A great "THANK YOU" to all the
participants. Without you, none of this would be possible.
A great "THANK YOU" to all the participants. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Note - for Slide Shows relating to the National Culture of Peace Symposium and the Leadership and Peace Workshop, click on those links.
As a result of this Conference, we have now initiated a Canadian Culture of Peace Program Web site. Please visit.
Facilities are limited to 350 participants, so please book early. Since space at the Conference is limited, registration must be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, follow the link to http://www.peace.ca/registration.htm
Drop-in rates are available on Saturday and Sunday. For individual Guest Speaker presentations: $20.00 ($10.00 for students and retirees). High school students are always welcome at no cost.
Participants at the Conference are invited to submit articles and papers addressing our Conference Theme - "A World Fit For Children": the desired outcome is the enhancement of a vision and action (initiated last year) to advance peace education in Canada, to help build a world fit for children, and/or Town Hall themes. It is recommended that you read these articles prior to the Conference.
1. 'A World Fit For Children' Background References
2. "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?" Background References The Executive Summary Vision and Action Plan from our 2002 Conference.
3. The Executive Summary from our 2003 Conference
4. Draft Canadian Peace Initiative Mission, Vision and Charter of Principles - Subsequent to this Conference, a National Culture of Peace/Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium will follow November 23 to 25, 2004. The draft charter should be considered by peace educators to consider how peace educators might fit into a National Culture of Peace Program in Canada.
5. Proposal for Distance Peace Education, and specifically courses on Peace Psychology, and The Culture of Peace - I also ask for an indication from people who might like to be considered for "teaching assistance" roles and who might like to be a student in these courses.
6. Leadership and Peace - background information for students of leadership and how it impinges on peace
Peace Educator - a proposal by the Saskatoon Peace Coalition
Join us on CPIdiscussion email listserver for
the next round of discussion on peace education in Canada.
We recognize how important it is to conduct peace education discussion like this in both of Canada's Official Languages. Unfortunately, unless we are successful in acquiring funding for interpretation and translation between French and English languages, this discussion will be conducted in English for the most part. We regret leaving anyone out and will plan to correct this . (We would love to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor this initiative.)
For more information, you may visit our website athttp://www.peace.ca/CanadaAgenda2004.htm . You may contact the conference coordinator Robert (Bob) Stewart by e-mail at stewartr [at] peace.ca or visit the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace website at http://www.peace.ca .