- SIXTH ANNUAL CANADIAN PEACE AWARDS - 2005
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
80 years ago there was inscribed in the
Canada’s Mayors for Peace, represented by Calgary Mayor David Bronconnier
August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced the cities of
On June 24, 1982, at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in
The Mayors for Peace is composed of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the program Mayor Araki announced in 1982. As of May 26, 2005, membership stood at 1,036 cities in 112 countries and regions. In March 1990, the Mayors Conference was officially registered as a UN NGO related to the Department of Public Information. In May 1991, it became a Category II NGO (currently called a NGO in "Special Consultative Status") registered with the Economic and Social Council. In
Mayors for Peace is designed to build solidarity and facilitate coordination
among the cities that support the Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities
toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Its primary goal is to work
internationally to raise consciousness regarding nuclear weapons abolition. It
is also formally committed to pursuing lasting world peace by working to address
starvation, poverty, refugee welfare, human rights abuses, environmental
destruction, and other problems that threaten peaceful coexistence.
elected to Calgary City Council 1992, David Bronconnier was elected
Mayor Bronconnier proclaimed *September 21st, 2005 International Day of Peace *shortly after joining the Mayors for Peace campaign this spring. In his proclamation, Mayor Bronconnier states: “Working towards the complete abolishment of nuclear weapons, the day was established to facilitate collective efforts towards this goal. Nations and people all around the world are encouraged to honour a cessation of violence and hostilities for the duration of the Day. I join with the Mayors of cities everywhere by calling upon them and their citizens to abolish these weapons and observe this day of peace.”
related articles for reference:
Presentation Speech by Robert Stewart, Director, September 21, 2005
Mayors for Peace in
Calgary and Edmonton (another Mayor for Peace City) are home to a large number
of organizations actively promoting peace, as shown at http://www.peace.ca/albertapeaceeducation.htm
Calgary and Edmonton (another Mayor for Peace City) are home to a large number of organizations actively promoting peace, as shown at http://www.peace.ca/albertapeaceeducation.htm
• the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace, the foremost peace education centre in
• the Canadian Culture of Peace Program (see http://www.cultureofpeace.ca ),
• the Canadian Peace Education Foundation (see http://www.peace.ca/foundation.htm ).
AND DOING PEACE AT HOME IN
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."