In 1999, UNESCO's Prize for Peace Education Committee gave an Honourable Mention to the Canadian teacher Irène Drolet for "her very important work, both educational and ethical: to restore to schools their role as places where democracy is taught." Ms Drolet declared: "The present world situation expresses a deep crisis of democracy, of the economy, social organisation and moral values. This international situation poses a challenge to modern schools [to fulfil] their mission of socialisation and it calls upon them to support the development of values that are democratic, environmental, intercultural and open to the world." Irène Drolet est lauréate d'un prix international de l'UNESCO English translation of Drolet article. ; Towards Active Citizenship
Janice Gross Stein is the Harrowston Professor of Conflict Management and Negotiation at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has co- authored Rational Decision-Making, Psychology and Deterrence, and We All Lost the Cold War, and co-edited Getting to the Table: Processes of International Prenegotiation and Choosing to Cooperate: How States Avoid Loss. She recently completed Mean Times: Humanitarian Action in Complex Political Emergencies - Stark Choices, Cruel Dilemmas. She is Chair of the Board of International Organization and a member of the editorial boards of International Negotiation and Political Psychology and currently chairs the Research Advisory Board to the Foreign Minister of Canada. Her special area of interest is conflict management and conflict resolution.
Anne Adelson, McMaster University Centre for Peace Studies educator and Executive Member of the Voice of Women. Author of the following articles: http://www.peace.ca/cultureofpeaceevolution.htm ; the Voice of Women Culture of Peace Workshop kit available online at http://www.peace.ca/vowworkshopkit.htm
Mary Wynne Ashford, University of Victoria, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) http://www.haguepeace.org/conference/speeches/opening/speech13.html ; The Power of One http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Andes/3262/one.htm
Kathy Bickmore, Ontario Institute of
Linda (Hunter) Bull, University of Alberta and a First Nations peace educator, has traveled across five continents, spreading a message of empowerment, solidarity and peace. She is a peace educator in word and action. In recognition and support of her continuing her work, Bull is the first winner of the Mahatma Gandhi Millennium Graduate Scholarship, funded by the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace.
Sara Coumantarakis, formerly with the Alberta Global Education project and currently promoting global education through Alberta’s The Learning Network, elaborates on the need for Global Education. email email@example.com
E. Margaret Fulton, Vancouver Island
Noemi Gal-Or, Vancouver, Kwantlen University College
Mary Goldie, Vancouver, Langara
Vicki Mather, The ATA's Safe and Caring Schools Project, The Alberta Teachers' Association, Ph: (780) 447-9449, Fax: (780) 455-6481, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Smith, Grandmother, is of the Mohawk Tribe, Iroquois Nation, and the Turtle Clan, has lived her entire lifetime on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. She is a leader in the movement of Traditional Peoples toward the establishment of World Peace, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally carrying the peace message. She brings the teachings and prophecies of the Grandfathers and Grandmothers as they were taught to her in her role as a ceremonialist and Keeper of the Dreamtime Spirituality. Grandmother Sara is a member of the Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth and of the Roots 4 Peace Sharing Centre on her Reservation, which she and her husband established. The prime mandate of the Centre is to promote Peace, Unity, Harmony, and Understanding among All Peoples and is dedicated to the Children today and "Those-Yet-Not-Here," the Children of Tomorrow. As the Sara notes in one of her workshops, "This interactive session will focus upon the Native North Americans’ appreciation of their total connectedness to all of life and the significance of how the sacred is revealed through the Natural Laws as a guide to our daytime walk." http://www.marythunder.com/SpiritualServicesEvents/Events/4DConference/4D2000/Elders/Grandmother_Sara_Smith.htm
Charmaine Hammond is a Conflict Management Specialist with a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and is a Chartered Mediator. She works with organizations, groups and businesses to build healthy solutions to difficult issues. www.hammondgroup.biz phone- 780-4643828 (Sherwood Park, AB)
Margot Hovey, Montreal, 933-1243; email email@example.com
Dr. Larry Fisk, joined the Conflict Resolution Studies faculty of Menno Simons College as the Paul and Esther Esau Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2000 - 2001. Dr. Fisk taught two specialty courses at Menno Simons College. "Pedagogy, Politics and Peace: the Inspiration of Ivan Illich and Paulo Freire" contemplated some of the basic writings of Illich and Freire which have turned pedagogy and politics upside down. "Love, Friendship And Politics: Reenvisioning Peace Education And Research" examined the question can we conduct peace education and research in such a manner that it enlarges our common humanity, contributing to the ecological, political and spiritual well-being of all? Other related articles for reference:
Craig Keilberger - Free the Children was
founded by Craig
Kielburger, a young Canadian. http://www.freethechildren.org/ftcinfo_hist.html .
When he was twelve, Craig Kielburger read a newspaper report about the murder
of a liberated child labourer in Pakistan who had been working to free other
youngsters from bonded labour. Reading the article changed Craig's life: he
went on a seven-week trip to South Asia to find out for himself about the
lives of working children. While there, he upstaged the Canadian prime
minister's trade mission to India and managed to put the issue of child labour
on the international agenda. An organization he founded with school
friends, Free the Children, now has chapters in more than twenty countries.
Free the Children is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to
eliminating the exploitation of children around the world, by encouraging
youth to volunteer in, as well as to create programs and activities that
relieve the plight of underprivileged children. Free the Children
has two main goals: (1) to free youth from exploitation and provide the
opportunity for an education; and (2) to empower youth. The first goal
of Free the Children is to stop the abuse and exploitation of children around
the world. Actions are taken in order to work against the many forms of child
exploitation, including that of harmful child labour, situations of sexual
abuse, and children in armed conflict. http://www.freethechildren.org/ .
Craig and Free the Children raise money to help abused and exploited children
worldwide and carries the message that children should have a voice in
decision-making. Other related articles for reference:
- It Takes a Child... Craig Kielburger's Journey Into the World of Child Labour The film follows Craig from age twelve to fifteen, showing how he has used international acclaim to fight for the rights of working children around the world.
- Oprah Winfrey was so moved by Craig's passion and impressed with his organization's accomplishments that she pledged $200,000 to "Free the Children" from Oprah's Angel Network to build schools in countries around the world. "Free the Children" is using the Angel Network grant to build schools in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, Tanzania, Nicaragua, and India. Schools can be built very economically in many regions of the world, some for as little as $2,000. Read more at http://www.oprah.com/uyl/charities/uyl_charities_ftc.jhtml;jsessionid=SIXYTGSEZL2E5LARAYFSFEQ
- Free the Children by Craig Kielburger with Kevin Major, McClelland & Stewart, 1998, 0-7710-4592-1 $29.99 hc. The extraordinary story of Craig Kielburger, the 12-year-old boy who formed his own human rights organization to expose the horror of child labour in the Third World.
As Chair of the United Nations University
for Peace, Maurice Strong is the Canadian in the highest post for
Peace Education. His past achievements are significant, and he is
currently likely to be the Canadian with the most potential influence
over Peace Education in Canada. Mr. Strong is a leading Canadian
industrialist and business leader who has maintained an overriding
involvement in development and environmental concerns. Before most of the
rest of the world recognized the clear environmental warning signs he was
immersed in the issues- first as the Secretary-General of the 1972 UN
Conference on the Environment in Stockholm and then as the first Executive
Director of the UN Environment Programme. He was deeply involved in
preparations leading to the 1992 Conference on the Environment and
Development. Mr. Strong was promoting the establishment of a global
security and risk management programme under the auspices of the World
Federation of UNA’s of which he was then the President. The aim was to
define the minimum or boundary conditions necessary to ensure the survival
of this planet and civilization as we know it. He challenged Canada and
other industrialized countries to play an important role in this crucial
pursuit. As the guest of honour at a UN day dinner later that
evening, Mr. Strong made an important statement on "Global Security
and the Perils of Peace". He was particularly concerned that the
dramatic changes in American-Soviet relations, welcomed as they were, have
led many people to mistakenly assume that the risk of nuclear war and
other global catastrophe had all but ended. "Rather we are in a
dangerous and risky transition period with its own turbulence, uncertainty
and peril. Although the present state of international affairs holds out
the hope of a secure and lasting peace, it also presents great challenges.
We need to convert this period of relaxation of rivalry between the great
powers to one long-term, positive cooperation." Mr. Strong paid
particular attention to the global threats represented by debt, drugs and
a deteriorating environment. He predicted that multilateral institutions
-and particularly the United Nations- will be the effective forum through
which these issues can be addressed. "We have seen much evidence of
what many are calling the renaissance of the United Nations and its
specialized agencies. this new relevance is built on nearly half a century
of solid painstaking work. Canada is well positioned to see that the
United Nations is given the scope and support necessary to its making a
still larger contribution to global security." The United
Nations University for Peace http://www.upeace.org/
, which is chaired by Canadian Maurice Strong, was established in December
1980 by Assembly resolution 35/55 to provide humanity with an
international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim
of promoting, among all human beings, the spirit of understanding,
tolerance and peaceful coexistence. It also aims to stimulate cooperation
among people and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and
progress. The University's headquarters are in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of
Peace adopted by the General Assembly last September (resolution 53/243)
could provide useful guidance and substantive input in the elaboration of
the future programme and course contents of the University. That document
should be included in the existing Master's degree course in human rights
and education for peace. He also expressed concern about the University's
financial situation and the fact that resource constraints had curtailed
its activities. The UNESCO Culture of Peace Program articles approved by
the United Nations states that education at all levels is one of the
principal means to build a culture of peace. Other related articles
- United Nations Association of Canada tribute of the Pearson Medal to Maurice Strong http://www.unac.org/events/pearson_medal/strong.html
- The Earth as we know it has less than 30 years to survive if we continue our destructive course
- The United Nations - better performance will help build confidence and political support by Maurice Strong http://www.cgg.ch/strong.htm . The Commission on Global Governance http://www.cgg.ch/ , an independent group of 28 public figures, was inspired by the belief that the end of the cold war offered opportunities to build a more co-operative, safer and fairer world. It presented proposals for improving the world's governance and better managing its affairs in a report published in 1995 - the year the United Nations marked its fiftieth anniversary. The message of the report was encapsulated in its title: Our Global Neighbourhood http://www.cgg.ch/contents.htm . The book-length report was commended by such world figures as Nelson Mandela, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Vaclav Havel. The Commission's recommendations centre principally on the United Nations, the only forum in which governments come together regularly to tackle world problems. Our Global Neighbourhood suggests how the UN should be revitalised so it can better respond to the needs of the modern world - a world that has changed in many ways since the UN was formed in 1945.
- Transcript: Maurice Strong on a People's Earth Charter
- International Man of Mystery: Who Is Maurice Strong?
- Dossier - Maurice Strong
- Maurice Strong - the true King of the World?
Keith Spicer - Director of Institute for Media, Peace and Security, U.N. University for Peace. His job consists of defining and following a strategy to study and teach the many interactions between media, conflict, peace and security. He supervises all the Institute's activities, the central one being the design, production and delivery of academic and training courses in the above field. Click here for more detail.
Murray Thomson was born in December, 1922, in Taokow, China, the son of Canadian missionaries. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1947, Murray worked in adult education in Saskatchewan, where a government led by the CCF, the forerunner of the NDP, had come to power. His job was in the Adult Education Division. He also worked at Qu'Appelle Valley Centre, which had been opened by Father Moses Coady, the founder of the Antigonish Institute in Nova Scotia, and a pioneer in the Canadian co-operative movement. A UNESCO fellowship took him back to Asia in 1956, to the International Institute for Child Study in Bangkok. Later, he began working at the Quaker Conferences in Southern Asia, headquartered in Delhi, organizing conferences for young leaders and diplomats in the region. At the Quaker Centre in Delhi, he met Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. Returning to Toronto in 1962, he became Peace Education Secretary for Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and development wing of Canadian Quakers. Working there until 1969, he helped found Grindstone Island as a peace education centre, an institution which lasted from 1962 to 1990. At a Quaker peace seminar in 1964 he met Suteera Vichitranonda, a Thai microbiologist. They were married in 1964. Their daughter Sheila was born in 1969. His second stay in Thailand began in 1970, this time with CUSO (formerly Canadian University Service Overseas). He came back in 1974 to become their Executive Director. Returning to peace education, he helped to found Project Ploughshares, the interchurch peace agency of the Canadian Council of Churches in 1976. In 1981, he helped to found the Group of 78. He helped found Peacefund Canada in 1985 and the Canadian Friends of Burma in 1991. Murray was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association of Canada in 1990. He was one of three Canadian Quakers to be so honoured (Nancy Pocock and Muriel Duckworth were the others). From 1985 to the present, he has been the Executive Secretary of Peacefund Canada. http://www.quaker.org/peaceweb/poquak01.html
Major David Last, PhD., Royal Military College - among other things, writes and teaches on Conflict Resolution Theory and the Practice of Peacebuilding ; bio ; see article attached ; Also read David Last's article "What Kind of Friends Does America Need?"
Nobel Peace Prize Nomination: Canada World Youth's founding President, the Honourable Jacques Hébert, has been nominated for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for a life time dedication to youth development as a means to achieving lasting peace. The nomination acknowledges his vision and determination in creating the Canada World Youth program model that turns the youth exchange notion into a global peace-building apparatus. http://www.cwy-jcm.org/en/aboutus/hebertbooks
Soka University, Japan, presents the 2002 "Award of Highest Honour" to Prof. Helmut Burkhardt, Council on Global Issues. Professor Helmut Burkhardt, President, Council on Global Issues (CGI), an eminent System Scientist of Toronto, will be honoured with the "Award of Highest Honour" by the President Dr. Masami Wakae of Soka University, in Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2002. Prof. Burkhardt will receive the award for his significant and outstanding work on the three Interdisciplinary Conferences on the Evolution of World Order and a lifetime commitment to the wide angled systemic view of the world. His work has covering the full spectrum of ecological, social, and individual issues for world peace and sustainability. The conferences have been held at Ryerson Polytechnic University, in Toronto, every two years, since 1990. Homepage of Helmut Burkhardt http://hbu.home.cern.ch/hbu/Welcome.html
Jack Santa-Barbara's current focus is on bringing the concepts and tools of ecological sustainability to the effective operation of public and private sector organizations. A 25+ year record of founding and operating successful businesses (1997 Recipient of the Financial Post’s ‘50 Best Managed private Companies’), and a long-time interest in ecological economics, has led to this focus. Jack recently chose to step down from the CEO position of the company he founded, CHC-Working Well, which he grew to be the largest behavioural health company in Canada, following its sale to Magellan Behavioural Health. CHC served many of Canada's largest corporations and private sector organizations, as well as hundreds of smaller organizations in every sector of the economy across the country. Jack is interested in applying his business experiences, and commitment to principles of ecological sustainability, to bridging the gap between the business and environmental communities. He has also held faculty positions at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto, where he both taught and managed large-scale research projects. He was the Founding President of the Canadian Evaluation Society, which brings together academics, the consulting community and government officials. His formal training (PhD, McMaster University, 1971) is in Experimental Social Psychology. He is currently on the Board of Directors of ACTION 2020, a community group dedicated to making Hamilton a " Sustainable City." Jack has also had a long-standing interest in peace issues, and has been an active supporter of McMaster University's Centre for Peace Studies. Recently he was invited to be a member of TRANSCEND: A PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORK founded by Johan Galtung. For the past two years Jack has organized a Peace Journalism Workshop conducted by Professor Galtung, and in 2001 was part of the McMaster team, which conducted conflict transformation and related workshops for Afghans living in Peshewar, Pakistan.
Graeme MacQueen is
a member of the Religious Studies Department at McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is currently Associate Professor. His
academic specialization is Buddhist Studies, in which he received his
doctorate from Harvard University.
Ernie Regehr, co-founder and director of the peace organization Project Ploughshares, has been named an officer in the order (2004). His appointment was announced by Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson. "It's a surprise and a pleasure," said Regehr, who was not aware he had been nominated for the award. "It's a personal pleasure but it's also a recognition of the field we work in. It's nice to see our field of work acknowledged as being part of what contributes to public good." Regehr's Waterloo-based organization, which was founded in 1976, works towards peace and disarmament around the world. One of its current projects is to research the impact of small arms in East Africa and develop policies that aim to control them. The group has also recently released a report in conjunction with the University of British Columbia that examines ballistic missile defence.
Homer-Dixon, University of Toronto, Director of the
for the Study of Peace and Conflict at the
University of Toronto, political scientist and well known author.
Home page http://www.homerdixon.com/
Donald Grayston, Director, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University.Donald Grayston retires from undergraduate teaching of religious studies in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University and as director of the Institute for the Humanities there as of the end of the summer. He will continue to teach in the seniors program, the Pacific Jubilee Program at Vancouver School of Theology, and through the study tours in the Pilgrimage Program. His published work mainly concerns the life and work of Thomas Merton, and the literature of pilgrimage. Active in the peace movement since 1980, he has worked with churches, theological schools, community groups and universities in the search for peace which is essential in our time. He is also an Anglican priest, and is currently vicar of St Oswald's Anglican Church in Port Kells, Surrey, BC.
Peter Langille, University of Western Ontario
Munro, Vancouver (See John's significant article WHITHER A UNIVERSITY PEACE
MV Naidu, Brandon University, Manitoba
Floyd Rudmin, University of Tromso, Norway
Hank Stam, University of Calgary firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Vorobej, McMaster University
Terry Widrick, a Mohawk cultural educator with Peace Tree Cultural Consultants
Raffi (his real name) Cavoukian was born on July 8, 1948 in Cairo, Egypt. His family immigrated to Canada in 1958. He began his career as a Toronto-based singer/songwriter in 1970 and began performing for young children in 1974. Raffi is devoting his energies to writing a book about Child honouring as an integrated philosophy with potential to transform the world for this and future generations. Raffi paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela with his moving song "Turn This World Around" at a November 2001 ceremony in Toronto that saw Mandela and wife Gracia Machel receive honourary doctorates from Ryerson University. Raffi has recently written a number of inspirational songs for parents, educators and other advocates for children. They include "Blessed Be," which is featured on the video Begin With Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, and "Counting On You," inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall. Raffi's Covenant for honouring Children, a poetic declatration of our responsibilities to children and the Earth, is being circulated widely through child advocacy and environmental health groups. For more information, see Raffi's web site at http://www.raffinews.com . Please send any questions about Raffi to: Troubadour Music Inc., S3, C40, 610 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island, B.C., V0N 2J0; Telephone: 250-539-3588; Facsimile: 250-539-3589
Ross Smyth, World Federalists of Canada; email email@example.com ; 8965 Tolhurst Street, Montreal - phone 388-7445