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?
AGAINST RACISM ("AAR") is a
non-profit organization which does International projects where artists reach
out as role models to youth. AAR's aim
is to combat racial and religious prejudice which youth often learn from their
friends, society, peer pressure, parents, racist record labels which have a
huge mail order market, and racist websites. Projects include
radio & TV ads, posters, billboards, school videos, CDs, magazine ads,
On-line auctions twice yearly, and much much more! AAR Artists
include: Musicians - Matchbox 20, Everclear, Natalie
Merchant, RUSH, Hootie and the Blowfish, Barenaked Ladies, Oscar
Peterson, CHUMBAWAMBA, RUSH, Prozzak, Aerosmith, Matthew Sweet, B.B. King,
JackSoul, Neil Young, Joe Satriani, The Moffatts, Rascalz, Celine Dion, k.d.
lang, BUSH, Sarah McLachlan, Midnight Oil, Robbie Robertson, Jann Arden, Lenny
Kravitz, Paul Shaffer, Meredith Brooks, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, Carlos
Morgan, The Moffatts, Ed Kowalczyk, Great Big Sea, Ani DiFranco, Leonard
Cohen, Michelle Wright, Jennifer Batten, The Tragically Hip, Our
Lady Peace, MOIST, Amy Sky, Susan Aglukark, The Jeff Healey Band, The
Rankin Family, Spek, Dream Warriors, Wide Mouth Mason, Glueleg, Rusty,
Blue Rodeo, Colin James, Spirit of the West, The Watchmen, Marc Jordan,
Prairie Oyster, Roberta Pili, Ian Thomas, Dan Hill, Kashtin, Rawlins Cross,
Moxy Fruvous, Raffi, 54-40, Jon Kimura Parker, The Waltons, Holly Cole,
McAuley Boys, Reg Schwager, Kiki Misumi, The Skydiggers, Sue Medley, Corey
Hart, Salome Bey, Youssou N'Dour, Catherine Wheel, Ocean Colour Scene, Roger
Hodgson, Mike Mills. Actors - Ellen Degeneres, Kiefer
Sutherland, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Fiennes, Len Lesser, Lou Diamond Phillips,
Andrea Martin, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Graham Greene, Eugene Levy,
Margot Kidder, Ricki Lake, Brent Carver, Monique Proulx, Fiona Reid, Jackie
Burroughs, Sarah Polley, Shirley Douglas, Michael Burgess, Tantoo Cardinal,
Angela Dohrmann, Frank Shuster,
Martin Short, JazzMann, Mike Myers . Authors
- Margaret Atwood, Jane Urquhart, Alice Munro, Pierre Berton, Joy Kogawa,
Michel Tremblay, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley, Susan Swan, M. G. Vassanji,
Marie Claire Blais, Janette Turner Hospital, Julie Johnston. Other
artists - John Kim Bell, Karen Kain, Veronica Tennant,
Norman Jewison, Atom Egoyan , Mary Pratt, Ken Danby, Kurt Swinghammer,
Leland Bell, Roy Henry Vickers, Mendelson Joe. AAR is also a proud winner
of the 2001 GLOBAL TOLERANCE AWARDS to be awarded at the UN, December 2001, in
New York. AAR is being recognized for its unique and powerful
international educational media ad campaigns which have included TV PSAs shown
in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in response to race riots, radio
ads in South Africa and worldwide, and movie, bus, mall, school, and other
types of awareness campaigns. INTERNATIONAL HEAD OFFICE at: Box 54511,
Toronto, Ont. M5M 4N5 Canada. Phone: 416-410-5631; E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org ;
web site http://www.ArtistsAgainstRacism.com
; contact Lisa Cherniak. AAR EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES For the student and
teacher available at http://aar.vrx.net/edresource.html
* A world at peace would be very different from the one we know today. It will be one in which: Material resources are equitably shared; Beliefs and practices of militarism are no longer dominant; Terms such as "enemy" and "alien" are discarded as obsolete; and Local initiatives as well as global institutions are committed to enhancing social and economic justice and the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. A world without war dignifies its own citizens, thereby creating a climate more conducive to ensuring basic rights and freedoms for all people in all countries. Peacefund Canada has observer status as a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations and is a recipient of its Peace Messenger awards. Peacefund Canada relies on the support of hundreds of donors across Canada to continue its work to support grass-roots peace and social justice initiatives. Contact information: Peacefund Canada 206-145 Spruce Street, Ottawa, K1R 6P1; Phone: (613) 230-0860; Fax: (613) 563-0017; email email@example.com ; web site http://www.web.net/~pfcan/
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 for reference:
- 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?
This year's recipient also qualifies as most innovative, and the peace program with the most potential to make a positive difference in Canada and around the world. Nonviolent Peaceforce Canada was founded in May, 2000 to teach the techniques of nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution to Canadians, and to help the international effort to create a global nonviolent peace force to send to conflict areas worldwide. Just Recently: 1. Teaching nonviolence in Canadian classrooms and playgrounds is becoming mainstream; 2. Alternative Dispute Resolution is increasingly replacing lawsuits in Canada; 3. Approaches to peacemaking for Quakers, Unitarians, Mennonites, Catholics, and First Nations peoples are coming together; 4. Peace Brigades International (PBI) celebrated 20 years of nonviolent accompaniment and violence prevention in conflict areas without a single death of a volunteer; 5. Project Accompaniment sent hundreds of Canadian volunteers to Central America to be unarmed bodyguards for returning refugees. Nonviolent Peaceforce Canada in its first year, has: 1. participated in the Winnipeg International Conference on War Affected Children; 2. hosted the International Steering Committee of Nonviolent Peaceforce and its own retreat; 3. held its first training series in introductory conflict resolution techniques; 4. opened an office in The Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., Suite 100A, Ottawa ON. The legacy of Martin Luther King and Mohandas Gandhi are still alive today. Nonviolence may be an idea whose time has come. For more information, contact: Carl Stieren (Chair) - Ottawa, Ontario - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Nonviolent Peace Force Canada, Suite 100A, The Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5; Phone: (613) 564-0999; Fax: (613) 564-0068; Email: email@example.com ; web site http://www.magma.ca/~pax/
This Award goes to Craig Kielburger and all the youth involved in Free the Children. 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.
Business - Canadian Business For Social Responsibility
The globalization of trade and the expanding interconnectedness of markets and citizens in the last decade has drawn attention to the power of business in terms of its social, environmental, and economic impact. Micro-entrepreneurs to multinationals are paying – or are being forced to pay – greater attention to the ways they operate, to the direct and indirect impact they are having on communities, to the size of ecological imprint they are leaving behind. The impetus for change is arising on a number of fronts: shifting social values, increasing consumer and shareholder activism , strengthening local and international citizen action, depleting natural resources, and a growing recognition that the costs and benefits of a globalized economy are inequitably shared and dangerously out of balance. Pressures are rapidly increasing for business to responsibly and transparently share leadership with government and civil society to create a more just and sustainable world. Two major polls of citizens emphasise the shift of consumer attitudes and their expectations of business. The Environics 1 New Millennium Poll surveyed 25,000 people in 23 countries and a Market and Opinion Research International poll 2 surveyed 12,000 people in 12 European countries. From the survey results both organizations concluded that approximately two thirds of people believe a company’s commitment to goals other than profit is important when buying a product or service 3 . Clearly, consumers care about responsible business practices. This growing consumer concern is creating a market demand for responsible practices, products, and services as well as a social demand of government support and business action.CBSR defines, promotes, and educates on responsible business policies and practices that benefit our society, our economy, and our environment. CBSR is committed to implementing and acting upon socially and environmentally responsible policies and practices, the shared prosperity of shareholders, staff, and local and international communities, and to participating in an exchange of ideas and information within the business community. CBSR offers a variety of services to its members and the greater business community in Canada. CBSR offers a variety of services to members and the greater business community in Canada. These services include:
Government - Hon. Douglas Roche
Author, parliamentarian and diplomat, Douglas Roche was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 17, 1998. Senator Roche was Canada's Ambassador for Disarmament from 1984 to 1989. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee, the main U.N. body dealing with political and security issues, at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988. Senator Roche was elected to the Canadian Parliament four times, serving from 1972 to 1984 and specializing in the subjects of development and disarmament. In 1989, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, where he teaches "War or Peace in the 21st Century?" In 1997, he was chosen by the Students' Union to receive a SALUTE Award for "outstanding contributions to students." Senator Roche is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chairman of Canadian Pugwash and Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative, a network of seven international non-governmental organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament. He is the author of fifteen books, and has contributed chapters to eight more. His latest is "Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice". Senator Roche has served as President of the United Nations Association in Canada and was elected in 1985 as Honorary President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, the first Canadian to receive this honour. He was named Chairman of the Canadian Committee for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. He was the founding President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international network of 1,300 parliamentarians in 99 countries; founding editor of the Western Catholic Reporter (1965-72); and International Chairman (1990-96) of Global Education Associates, New York. An Honorary Doctor of Divinity was awarded to him by St. Stephen's College, Edmonton, in 1977. He has also received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Simon Fraser University (1985) and the University of Alberta (1986), and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N.J., for his work at the United Nations. In 1992, he was given the Thakore Foundation Award "in recognition of his prolonged and distinguished work towards disarmament, global peace and peace education." In 1995, he received the United Nations Association's Medal of Honour. The N.G.O. Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations presented him with The 2000 Josephine Pomerance Award for Meritorious Service in the cause of Disarmament in a U.N. context. In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters. In 1998, the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
The Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Training Centre is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, former Prime Minister of Canada and recipient of the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for the establishment of UNEF I, the first modern peacekeeping operation. The Centre, a division of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, was established in 1994 by the Government of Canada. The PPC is funded in part by the Department of National Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Its mission is to support and enhance the Canadian contribution to international peace, security and stability. The mission of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is to support and enhance the Canadian contribution to international peace, security, and stability through the provision of quality research, education and training in all aspects of peacekeeping. It serves the New Peacekeeping Partnership by providing national and international course participants with the opportunity to examine specific peacekeeping issues, and to update or share their knowledge of the latest peacekeeping practices. The New Peacekeeping Partnership is defined as: The term applied to those organizations and individuals that work together to improve the effectiveness of modern peacekeeping operations. It includes the military, civil police, government and non-government agencies dealing with human rights and humanitarian assistance, diplomats, the media, and organizations sponsoring development and democratization programmes.
The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is comprised of five main departments which work together to enhance the Canadian contribution to international peace, security, and stability: The mandate of the Department of Programmes is to dispense the educational and training services provided by the PPC. The Department of New Projects designs new educational products to meet internal and off-site requirements. The Department of Productions and Publications consists of three functional areas: publications, production and printing. It is the mandate of the department to support, complement and enhance the education, training, research and development and corporate initiatives of the Centre. The Library is dedicated to the promotion, development and support of library and information services on all aspects of Canadian and international peacekeeping. The Department of External Relations deals with a wide range of mechanisms to create greater awareness of the PPC and to promote peacekeeping throughout the international community. The PPC conducts roundtables, research, seminars, and courses, and produces a number of publications each year. All are attended by Canadian and international military and civilian participants. Programs are presented in English and selected courses are also offered in French and Spanish. Off-campus activities in Canada and abroad are conducted by mobile training teams. The staff at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre trusts that the level of professionalism they strive to achieve is assisting the international community in accomplishing the true aim of peacekeeping: the saving of lives and the alleviation of human suffering. In 2001, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre assisted with the establishment of Peaceful Schools International, which is co-located with the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia, Canada.Other related articles for reference:
The principal author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a native of New Brunswick, John Peters Humphrey. He wrote the first draft of what eventually became perhaps the most important human rights document in history. The Declaration was unanimously passed by the United Nations' General Assembly on December 10, 1948. To mark this milestone, December 10 is recognized worldwide as Human Rights Day. In 1998, special events were held throughout the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration.
John Humphrey was born in Hampton, NB and went to school in Rothesay, NB. John did not have an easy childhood. His father died before John was one year old and his mother when he was eleven. His left arm was amputated when he was six because of a severe burn. Undeterred by these handicaps, John Humphrey pursued his studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB and then at McGill University in Montreal. He earned four degrees at McGill and later became a professor and dean of law.
In 1946, Humphrey was asked to set up the UN's Division for Human Rights, of which he became the Director. In this capacity, he prepared a 400 page background paper for the proposed Universal Declaration and wrote its first draft in 1947. After further drafts and revisions by various UN officials and committees, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948. Humphrey was Director of the Human Rights Division until 1966.
Humphrey then returned to McGill, where he devoted himself to human rights teaching and advocacy. He was the founding president of the Canadian Section of the International Commission of Jurists and he helped establish Amnesty International Canada and the Canadian Human Rights Foundation.
Humphrey authored numerous articles and several books. He received 13 honorary degrees and, in 1974, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In his honour, the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development established the $25,000 John Humphrey Freedom Award, which is presented each year. Humphrey died in 1995 in Montreal. Canada Post issued a stamp in his honour in October 1998.
References - http://www.udhr.org/history/Biographies/biograph.htm
The following is a partial list of his publications:
- Humphrey, John
Peters. On the Edge of Greatness: The Diaries of John Humphrey,
First Director of the United Nations Human Rights Division, Vol I
1948-1949 by A.J. Hobbins (Editor) (Montreal and Kingston:
McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994). ISBN: 0773513833
A Partial Bibliographical listing may be found in:
Wiktor, Christian L. Canadian Bibliography of International Law 714 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984).
Biographical Statements on this great Canadian are in:
- Macdonald, R. St. J.
"Leadership in Law: John P. Humphrey and the Development of the
International Law of Human Rights," The Canadian Yearbook of
International Law, XXIX (1991), 3-91.