SUMMARY: In celebration of Peace Champions in Canada and the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World, the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace hosts the Annual Canadian Peace Awards.  Awards are generally presented in 10 major categories for Canadian achievements in building a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, at home and abroad.  The presentations also culminate in the inductions into the Canadian Peace Hall of Fame to be housed at the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace and on its web site at  

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 ]  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 Canada .  Each one of us has an obligation to the memory of the many men and women who died for our peace and freedom, to today's millions of needless victims of violence at home and abroad, and to future generations to do everything we can to bring peace to the world and preserve the integrity of this planet.   The awards stress everyone's responsibility and potential influence in building peace in our families, communities and world.

Our 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 generations?

For more information, contact Robert Stewart , Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace at stewartr [at]; or visit our web site Awards Page at


Peace Education Award
Education is a cornerstone in the peacebuilding process. As today's youth become increasingly desensitized to violence, the roles of schools and the curriculum they represent assume great importance. Schools have the power to shape the attitudes and skills of young people toward peaceful human relations. Through teaching young children values of respect, tolerance, and empathy, and by equipping them with the necessary skills to resolve conflict in a non-violent manner, they are provided with the tools they need, now and in the future, to foster peaceful relations at home, at school and around the world.  Education builds the foundations for good citizenship, respect for self and others, democratic values and tolerance of opinions. Educational research indicates that when young people are trained in civics, mediation, ethnic tolerance and conflict resolution, the likelihood that they will resort to violence later in life is diminished. We firmly believe that we can not have a peaceful people without educating for peace. 

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Classroom Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to instigating positive societal change by strengthening the education and parenting of Canada's youth. The organization was founded on the simple premise that real societal transformation has to start with our children. Each individual child is an opportunity for fundamental change in our world, and the two greatest forces shaping that opportunity are parents and public education.

Recognizing these forces as keys to change, Classroom Connections began in 1997 as a local educational support organization serving 1000 schools and parents in the province of Ontario. Initial efforts focused on providing much needed teaching resources to schools faced with massive cutbacks, curriculum overhaul and increased demands on teaching staff. In 1998, Classroom Connections was registered as a non-profit corporation. In four years, the company has provided more than 15 free support resources to teachers and parents in school districts representing 75% of schools nation wide. To view Classroom Connections' resources, please visit their websites at and .

Classroom Connections works with major education organizations in Canada (such as the Canadian Education Association and the Canadian Home and School Federation) and with a network of teachers from across the country. Through these partnerships, they determine gaps in available resources and develop program ideas to meet these gaps. They then work to match these program needs with potential funders and assemble a steering committee of field experts to advise on program development. New resources are pilot tested in schools and reviewed by educational specialists and Curriculum Services Canada ( School districts that have registered with Classroom Connections are alerted to the new resource, and it is delivered to the district for distribution within their schools.

The Canadian Peace Award for Peace Education was presented to Classroom Connections for their ongoing efforts and achievements to seek out the resources and provide Canadian teachers with the tools to build the attitudes, skills and behaviours for living together in our children.  They have seen the gap and are actively filling it.  Congratulations to Heather MacTaggart, all her colleagues and funding partners for providing this much needed service.


Further Links:

Award Announcement 

Download Classroom Connections' free peace education curricula materials

Heather MacTaggart, Founder and Executive Director, Classroom Connections

Heather is a creative and dynamic entrepreneur with extensive experience in the fields of sales (at P&G), marketing, communications and promotions.

As a mother with school age children Heather saw the challenges facing the education system and the acute need to encourage parent involvement in the learning process.

Heather recognized a unique opportunity to combine her extensive business and marketing skills with her personal commitment to make a difference in the lives of children.  In 1997 she founded Classroom Connections to build responsible partnerships aimed at providing innovative educational resources to classrooms across Canada.   Heather holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Only one Canadian Peace Award was presented in 2003.

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]; (telephone - 403-461-2469; fax - 309-407-6576; mail - Box 70, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada T1S 1A4; web site - )

"The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything."