- SEVENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN PEACE AWARDS - 2007
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
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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.
– Dr. Paz Buttedahl, 1942 – 2007
Paz Buttedahl was born in
The academic portion of Paz's career involved teaching at several universities in
Paz was sought after as a researcher and educator specializing in international development issues, and was a consultant with many international agencies and organizations. These included the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Organization of American States (OAS). Paz also worked for almost a decade with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in
In the early 1990s, as international development issues became more and more intertwined with issues of security, Paz was invited to attend the
Paz's vast storehouse of knowledge and experience found a home and became invested in the creation of the Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding (MAHSP) program at
Paz, with her indomitable spirit and her vision of a world that might be, has enriched and influenced the lives of hundreds of friends and colleagues around the world.
of Paz Buttedahl's Life - October 21, 2007 http://www.cufa.bc.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=145&Itemid=35
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