Dear Canadian Peacebuilders and "Concerned Others",

Re: November 21 - 23, 2004 Open Space Symposium; Theme: Issues and Opportunities for a National Culture of Peace Program in Canada -- Canadian Peace Initiative


As a result of discussions among many peacebuilders and peace educators in Canada, Senator (retired) Douglas Roche and the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace will be hosting an Open Space Conference with a theme: "Issues and Opportunities for a National Culture of Peace Program in Canada -- Canadian Peace Initiative ("CPI")".    We will be following the principles of the United Nations Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program.
The Symposium will commence at 4:00 pm Sunday November 21, 2004 with Guest Speaker David Adams (past director of UNESCO/UN International Year for the Culture of Peace) and continue to 5:00 pm Tuesday November 23, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. We will be utilizing an Open Space Technology, to encourage the particular participation of key stakeholders (institutions and individuals) whose mandate and passions impinge upon peace and non-violence in our families, communities and world. We are inviting representatives from Federal Ministries, Provincial Governments, Education, Religious Organizations, NGOs, business, unions, etc.   The simplicity and creativity of Open Space Technology is briefly described at:    and an Open Space Technology conference is discussed in .  The professional facilitator for this event is Judith Richardson of Halifax.


I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and/or your delegate to participate in our Symposium. The Agenda and background information is available at the web site .  The Earlybird Fee prior to October 31 is $200.00 for the 2.5 days ($250.00 after; Registration Form at ; reduced rates for students and retirees).  The Fee is designed to cover our costs, and any surplus will be contributed to the Canadian Peace Education Foundation. Coffee and juice will be provided during the morning and afternoon.

You may also be interested to know that we are hosting two other major concurrent events at McMaster University:

(1) Peace and Leadership 3-day workshop November 15 - 17, 2004

(2) Third Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada November 18 - 21, 2004    

You may wish to take some or all of these into account in your planning to visit Hamilton. Our conferences and symposium are a rare chance for Canadians from all across the country to high-light peace education, research and a Culture of Peace in Canada. We hope you can see your way clear to join us and/or advise your colleagues of this interesting and valuable opportunity and event. 

The time is ripe to act on a National Culture of Peace Program in Canada.  Such a Canadian Peace Initiative will have a positive impact on your programs, as well as a general reduction in violence.


If you would like any further information, I would be pleased to discuss it. I would also be interested in your input, feedback, comments and suggestions. I can assure you that your participation will be well appreciated by Canadian peace educators (and Canadians generally), and look forward to your response.


Yours truly,



Robert A. Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.

Director  (email: stewartr [at] )


Douglas Roche, Canadian Senator 1998 - 2004 and Chair of the Middle Powers Initiative