- FIFTH ANNUAL CANADIAN PEACE AWARDS - 2004
SUMMARY: In celebration of Peace Champions in
The Award categories include peace achievements in government, business, the media, education, peacekeepers, peacebuilders in civil society, peace philanthropy, youth, and multi-cultural relations, to name a few.
The Awards are in the form of an engraved, soapstone 'Inukshuk'. For millennia, massive stone figures built in the image of a human have stood silhouetted on the treeless Arctic horizons. Created by Inuit people, these Inukshuks serve as guides to point out a journey or a safe passage. The Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace believes this is a fitting Canadian symbol of the journey to safe and caring communities and world. [See the Award at http://www.peace.ca/inukshukaward.htm ] The Awards have been crafted by the Inuit of Nunavut and supplied by the Nunavut Development Corporation.
Generally, the awards are presented on November 11 each year. November 11 was chosen as it is Remembrance Day in
vision is for the Canadian Peace Awards to take a prominent place among Canadian
celebrations, fitting of the importance of the topic. In these violent
and rapidly changing times, what could be more important than to celebrate the
building of a Culture of Peace at home and abroad, for current and future
For more information, contact
Education - Dr. David Adams
David Adams Pramila Sinha Hon. Senator Doug Roche (retired)
Dr David Adams retired in 2001 from UNESCO where he was the Director of the Unit for the International Year for the Culture of Peace, proclaimed for the Year 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly. Following a career as Professor of Psychology for 23 years at Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA), he had come to UNESCO in 1992 to develop the Culture of Peace Programme as an supplement and alternative to military peacekeeping operations. His responsibilities have included development of national culture of peace projects in El Salvador and Mozambique and research and development of the culture of peace concept. On behalf of UNESCO he prepared UN documents, including the draft Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (1999). While at Wesleyan University, and previously at Yale University, he was a specialist on the brain mechanisms of aggressive behaviour, the evolution of war, and the psychology of peace activists, and he helped to develop and publicize the Seville Statement on Violence. He is the author of several books and numerous publications in neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, genetics, ethology, biopsychology, social psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, history, and ethics. A number of these studies have helped lay the scientific basis for work towards a culture of peace.
The world owes a great amount of gratitude to the work done by Dr. Adams in the development and promotion of the United Nations Culture of Peace Program. For this, we in Canada are thankful.
Acting as a mentor and presenter at many conferences and workshops, David has been a wonderful friend and supporter of peace education in Canada, and of the Canadian Culture of Peace Program initiative ( http://www.cultureofpeace.ca ). David has also supported development of the Culture of Peace News Network - Canada .
See the website of David Adams at http://www.culture-of-peace.info
CPNN USA is a site of the Culture of Peace News Network, a global network of interactive Internet sites in many languages where readers exchange information about events, experiences, books, music, and web news that promote a culture of peace. It is a project of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
Highly recommended reading: Psychology for Peace Activists http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ppa-intro.html
For more information about the Canadian Peace Awards - contact Robert Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace at stewartr [at] peace.ca; (telephone - 403-461-2469; fax - 309-407-6576; mail - Box 70, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada T1S 1A4; web site - http://www.peace.ca )
"The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything."