Announcement - Third Annual Canadian Peace Award Recipients and Canadian Peace Hall of Fame Inductee
November 11, 2002
This year, Awards will be presented in 10 major categories for Canadian achievements in building a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, at home and abroad.  The presentations also culminated in the second induction into the Canadian Peace Hall of Fame 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, and youth, to name a few.

InukshukThe Award will be 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.

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?

The Annual Canadian Peace Awards are hosted by the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace. The Awards, in the form of an engraved soapstone 'Inukshuk', have been crafted by the Inuit of Nunavut and supplied by the Nunavut Development Corporation.

Canadian Peace Hall of Fame
The Canadian Peace Hall of Fame ("CPHF") honours people and institutions who represent the best in the peacebuilding profession. The Hall of Fame exists to recognize the prominent and the unsung heroes of our country - the people who influence our most worthwhile cause, Peace.  Initially, as a virtual Hall of Fame, the web site will provide you with information about the Canadian Peace Hall of Fame's members.  The goal of recognizing exemplary peacebuilding is to be accomplished through honour, recognition and building awareness. 
Peace Hall of Fame - William Epstein 1913 - 2001
     During 2001, the global community lost one of its long-time champions with the death of William Epstein, a Canadian. He was 88 when he died.  Epstein was one of the first UN staff members. He worked with the preparatory commission planning the organization in London in 1945, joined the secretariat in 1946 and worked with Ralph Bunche on the Special Committee on Palestine in the months leading up to the proclamation of the state of Israel. He then moved to disarmament - and that remained his passion for the rest of his life. As Director of the UN Disarmement Division he was involved with such negotiaitons as the Partial Test-Ban Treaty (1963), the Seabed Arms Control Treaty (1971) the Nonproliferation Treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention and the Treaty of Tlateloco, to name only some of his areas of contribution.  He officially retired in 1972 but continued as a senior fellow with UNITAR and as a disarmement and arms control consultant to the secretary general.  He was Canadian, recognized for his accomplishments with membership in the Order of Canada.  Following is the statement of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, delivered on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Jayantha Dhanapala, at a memorial service for William Epstein in New York on 14 February, 2001:  "I learned with great regret of the passing of Bill Epstein, a former staff member and a man who was well known to all seven Secretaries-General of the United Nations.   He was indisputably one of the world's leading advocates of global nuclear disarmament, having devoted both his entire professional career and his long retirement to this noble cause.  He will perhaps best be remembered for his important contributions to the negotiation of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean and for his long advocacy of a Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the subject of his celebrated book, The Last Chance.  Though his long-standing goal remains to be achieved, his efforts will surely inspire others to carry on his work."  Read an excellent article on William Epstein at

Government Award
Some 80 years ago there was inscribed in the Peace Tower, that magnificent symbol of peace which gives world-renowned character to Canada's Parliament, the words from Proverbs: "Where there is no vision, the people perish."  As we move into a new century and a new millennium, we should think deeply about this scriptural admonition.  What is our vision? What do we see for Canada; a bounteous land blessed with space, industry, resources, technological advancement, and immense human energies?  How do we see Canada related to the world at this pivotal moment in world history where human beings have in their power the means to fashion human security for everyone on God's planet, and the power to blow it apart?  Leadership is key to effective team building, community building, nation building and peace building.  We elect our government leaders to provide visionary leadership.  While it is easy to be critical of government, this award celebrates what has been done, rather than what has yet to be done or done differently in future.

Government - Hon. Stephen Lewis                      

Formerly Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, a prominent labour relations arbitrator and government leader, Stephen Lewis is a respected advisor and commentator on public issues. Speaking on topics that include human rights, the environment, education, health care and children's advocacy, Lewis challenges and inspires his audiences.  Currently UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Mr. Lewis has had extensive experience as a politician, diplomat and humanitarian. A passionate advocate of the rights and needs of children, since leaving UNICEF in 1999 he has been raising his voice in support of various humanitarian causes around the world.

On June 1, 2001, Stephen Lewis was appointed as Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa by the United Nation's Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Mr. Lewis' work with the UN has shaped the past two decades of his career. In the Autumn of 1999, Stephen Lewis returned to Canada after four years in his appointment as the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organisation's global headquarters in New York. Mr. Lewis was first appointed as Special Representative for UNICEF in 1990. In that capacity, he spoke and travelled regularly, acting as a spokesperson for UNICEF's passionate advocacy of the rights and needs of children, especially children of the developing world. In 1993, he became coordinator for the international study (known as the Graca Machel study) on the "Consequences of Armed Conflict on Children". The report was tabled in the United Nations in 1995. In 1997, in addition to his work at UNICEF, Mr. Lewis was appointed by the Organization of African Unity to a Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. The report was issued in June of 2000. From 1984 through 1988, Stephen Lewis was Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. In this capacity, he chaired the Committee that drafted the Five-Year UN Programme on African Economic Recovery. He also chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change, which drafted the first comprehensive policy on global warming. In the 1960s and 1970s, Stephen Lewis was an elected representative to the Ontario Legislature, becoming leader of the New Democratic Party and leader of the Official Opposition. He holds 15 honourary degrees from Canadian universities and is a noted radio and television commentator and labour relations arbitrator. Before his most recent appointment, Mr. Lewis worked as consultant to a number of UN agencies, including UNAIDS, UNIFEM (the UN Development Fund for Women) and the ECA (the Economic Commission for Africa). He is married to Michele Landsberg, feminist columnist with the Toronto Star; they have three grown children; Ilana, Avi, and Jenny.

Other related articles for reference:

- 'Africa's capacity to deliver is huge' an Interview with Stephen Lewis, UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
- Lewis: Taking on AIDS in Africa, a CBC Broadcast June 7, 2001 
- WHEN YOU THINK OF IT...we’re exiting the 20th century in a pretty sorry state. 
Stephen Lewis: Lower Our Sights - And Aim at Africa - an article by Stephen Lewis when he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations

Media Award
Conflict can be considered the meat and potatoes of journalism and the media. Conflict is both the common experience of humanity as well as its opportunity for progress. But disputes in the media are often reported as if the parties were boxers in a ring or horses running a steeplechase.  Much present day journalism LEAVES OUT the most important part of the story -- how a conflict might be transcended.  Besides reporting the immediate facts of a conflict, the task of the peace journalist is to look beyond the question of who wins, to how the situation might be gradually transformed. What is the conflict about? Who are the parties? What are their real goals? What are the deeper roots of the conflict in structure and culture, including the history of both? Undue focus on the violence, for instance, only serves to hide the underlying conflict and nourishes more violence. The peace journalist needs to report on those who are working to prevent further destruction by asking about their visions of conflict outcomes, their methods, and how they might be supported. Missing facts are as important as reported facts. The task of the good journalist is not only to report what IS, but also to highlight what is MISSING from the story.  (Thanks to Ray Cunnington for edited summary.)
Media - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation               
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ("CBC"), as the national public broadcaster, provides radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains.  The programming provided by the Corporation is predominantly and distinctively Canadian, reflects Canada and its regions while serving the special needs of those regions, actively contributes to the flow and exchange of cultural expression, is in English and in French, contributes to shared national consciousness and identity, is available throughout Canada and reflects the multicultural and multiracial nature of Canada.  Canada is fortunate to have a major media venue that is not controlled by private interests.  At the same time, and despite government control, the CBC has done a very good job of bringing news to Canadians in an unbiased way.  For this we must be grateful, and we must be vigilant not to lose such "freedoms of the press".

Other related articles for reference:

Depleted Uranium FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation .  Also Veterans misled about depleted uranium poisoning, say experts - article from CBC News Online, November 14, 2001.
- John Humphrey and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights By Bob Carty, ex Montreal, a CBC Radio program 
- How can we make peace and end the violence? a CBC Town Hall 
- Bush's war talk ends 'peace dividend'
- UN Peacekeeping in the New Millennium
- CONTAINING IRAQ: Discussion, Research, and Essay Questions


Civil Society Award

This new century calls for new ways of thinking and doing. The evolution of organized civil society is as significant as the invention of the nation state. Central to any discussion of suggestions for reform or new initiatives must be the role of civil society as a partner in the deliberations and implementation of the new social order. For it is us, mere mortal civilians, who are on the ground. More people are waging peace today than ever before. The new movement is powered by more than 20,000 civilian organizations around the world, up from just 985 in 1956, and their work is beginning to bear fruit.  “There is a growing influence of civil society,” says Tamara Malinova, political affairs officer of the U.N.’s Department of Disarmament Affairs. “No doubt about it.”  Civilian peace organizations have achieved some impressive results of late.  For example, the campaigns that resulted in an international treaty banning land mines and the creation of an International Criminal Court.  To quote Canadian Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 
Civil Society - Canadian Peace Alliance

The Canadian Peace Alliance is a coalition of groups working on peace issues with membership from coast to coast to coast.  CPA membership ranges from fully-volunteer local groups with half-a-dozen members to large trade union federations and peace NGOs with several full-time staff.  The CPA offers direct services to members, services to all people concerned with peace issues (which members may want to use and support) and a national voice in key peace issues (most important to smaller or regionally-based members).  Member groups give the CPA its dynamism, its political perspective (though individual member groups are not bound by CPA positions they certainly shape them) and its credibility.  The CPA helps peace groups across the country to communicate and sometimes to plan joint actions or campaigns.  The Canadian Peace Alliance works to build support for goals that include:

  • redirecting funds from military spending to human needs;
  • working toward global nuclear disarmament;
  • making Canada a consistent leader for world peace;
  • strengthening world institutions for the peaceful resolution of conflict;
  • protecting the rights of all people to work for peace, social & economic justice.

The Canadian Peace Alliance was founded in 1985 and is Canada's largest umbrella peace organization.

Other related articles for reference:
- link to CPA web site 
- CPA letter to Prime Minister

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Canada's Largest Umbrella Peace Organization


Peacekeepers Award
One of the current misconceptions in Canada is the role of peacekeepers in a Culture of Peace and human security (as versus the "scourge of militarism").  Peacekeepers (e.g.. the military, police, security guards, etc.) have a legitimate, necessary and positive role to play in building a Culture of Peace (some would say 'unfortunately', but it is a reality of the human condition).  Often they are called upon as a threat against violence, or after the fact to control violence.  We should Remember the peacekeepers who served (and serve) our country and future generations to maintain law, order and freedom.  However, as was the message in the movie 'Saving Private Ryan', remembering the dead is not sufficient ... each of us must honour our inherited commitment to those who served and died, in order that we may live, by doing as much as we possibly can to prevent violence and wars, at home and abroad.  
Peacekeepers - Department of National Defence/Défense nationale ("DND")
[Excerpt from the 1994 White Paper on Defence ]The primary obligation of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces is to protect the country and its citizens from challenges to their security. In the final analysis, a nation not worth defending is a nation not worth preserving.  The consensus achieved on the way ahead for an effective, realistic and affordable policy calls for multi-purpose, combat-capable armed forces able to meet the challenges to Canada's security both at home and abroad.  The Cold War is over. Yet Canada faces an unpredictable and fragmented world, one in which conflict, repression and upheaval exist alongside peace, democracy and relative prosperity.   As a nation that throughout its history has done much within the context of international alliances to defend freedom and democracy, Canada continues to have a vital interest in doing its part to ensure global security, especially since Canada's economic future depends on its ability to trade freely with other nations.  The world is neither more peaceful nor more stable than in the past. Canada's defence policy must reflect the world as it is rather than the world as we would like it to be.  We must maintain a prudent level of military force to deal with challenges to our sovereignty in peacetime; generate larger forces if needed; and participate effectively in multilateral peace and stability operations and, if and when required, in the defence of North America and our allies in Europe, and in response to aggression elsewhere.  Canada needs armed forces that are able to operate with the modern forces maintained by our allies and like-minded nations against a capable opponent -- that is, they must able to fight "alongside the best, against the best".  The challenge will be to design a defence program that delivers capable armed forces within the limits of our resources. By making difficult choices and trade-offs, we will be able to preserve the core capabilities and flexibility of a multi-purpose force. This force will enable Canada to attend to its security needs, now and in the future.  Canada is in favour of a vigorous and effective United Nations and we will enhance our ability to contribute to UN operations.  The modest program of assistance to Canadian universities and other institutions involved in defence studies will be maintained, and a chair of defence management studies will be established.  The Government believes the defence policy enunciated in the White Paper reflects a Canadian consensus. 
Defence Strategy 2020 (presented in 1999; reference ) marks a significant milestone, building on the strategic assessment embodied in the 1994 Defence White Paper, considered the needs and expectations of our major stakeholders, assessed the institution’s strengths and weaknesses, and analyzed emerging defence issues such as those associated with the "Revolution in Military Affairs".  The development of military capabilities requires lead times of up to two decades.  Military effectiveness requires that the right people, organization, equipment and doctrine be available to respond flexibly to emerging threats and opportunities. This is easier said than done.  At its core, the strategy is to position the force structure of the CF to provide Canada with modern, task-tailored, and globally deployable combat-capable forces that can respond quickly to crises at home and abroad, in joint or combined operations. The force structure must be viable, achievable and affordable.  A Vision for 2020: The Defence Team will generate, employ and sustain high-quality, combat-capable, inter-operable and rapidly deployable task-tailored forces. We will exploit leading-edge doctrine and technologies to accomplish our domestic and international roles in the battlespace of the 21st century and be recognized, both at home and abroad, as an innovative, relevant knowledge-based institution. With transformational leadership and coherent management, we will build upon our proud heritage in pursuit of clear strategic objectives
Other related articles for reference:
- Canadian Forces College continues to play an important role in the professional development of Canadian officers who seek to make a significant contribution to the military profession and to their country.  Web site
- Critiques of Canada's Military Budget
- Eggleton says:  "We Must Reinforce our Military," But to carry out what defence policy?  by David Morgan
- Security Politics is a Threat by Jan Oberg
- Playing radical footsie with the U.S. military By JEFFREY SIMPSON, Globe & Mail
- Dismantling the Myth of "Canada the Peacemaker" By Richard Sanders, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade.

Peace Philanthropy Award
Today, many organizations face increased expectations to meet community needs, increasing competition for funds, and demands for more accountability from funders and the public.  The environment that charitable organizations operate in is complex and ever-changing. Research shows that the voluntary sector is built on a very narrow base of donors and volunteers.  If it is the government's role to provide for basic human needs, it is the charitable sector's role, both as partner and counterpoint to government, to explore and challenge systems and solutions and to put the words to music. To do that effectively, the sector requires some independent money, money that is not tied to political timetables or points of view. This is where philanthropy comes in.  As Tom Axworthy said when he was with the CRB Foundation in Montreal, foundations are investment bankers in the commonwealth. They have the ability to deal with the basic fissures that produce the problems in the first place. Private foundations also have the luxury of time, and so can deal with the long-term. Peter Goldmark, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, describes philanthropy as the practice of applying assets of knowledge, passion and wealth to bring about constructive change.  Alan Broadbent of the Maytree Foundation, made the following comment: "The best philanthropy occurs at the vital crossroads of the donor’s values and the needs of the community's." It is my view that community foundations have a very important role to play in facilitating and enabling the best peacebuilding.
Peace Philanthropy - The Jack and Joanna Santa Barbara Family Foundation
Joanna Santa-Barbara

Joanna Santa Barbara is a child and family psychiatrist in Hamilton and a scholar at the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University, where she has taught Introductory Peace Studies. She has been a member of Physicians for Global Survival since 1982, and a past president of that organization. She has been actively involved in International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, serving as a board member and a vice-president. She was part of delegations of IPPNW affiliates to NATO in Brussels in June 1999 and June 2000. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Science for Peace. Besides ongoing work on the abolition of Nuclear weapons, other recent and current projects include one on trauma healing and reconciliation with war-affected children in Croatia, non-violence and respect for diversity in high-school youth, media violence, and using health as a bridge to peace.

Jack Santa-Barbara

Jack Santa-Barbara's current focus is on bringing the concepts and tools of ecological sustainability to the effective operation of public and private sector organizations. A 25+ year record of founding and operating successful businesses (1997 Recipient of the Financial Post’s ‘50 Best Managed private Companies’), and a long-time interest in ecological economics, has led to this focus. Jack recently chose to step down from the CEO position of the company he founded, CHC-Working Well, which he grew to be the largest behavioural health company in Canada, following its sale to Magellan Behavioural Health. CHC served many of Canada's largest corporations and private sector organizations, as well as hundreds of smaller organizations in every sector of the economy across the country. Jack is interested in applying his business experiences, and commitment to principles of ecological sustainability, to bridging the gap between the business and environmental communities. He has also held faculty positions at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto, where he both taught and managed large-scale research projects. He was the Founding President of the Canadian Evaluation Society, which brings together academics, the consulting community and government officials. His formal training (PhD, McMaster University, 1971) is in Experimental Social Psychology. He is currently on the Board of Directors of ACTION 2020, a community group dedicated to making Hamilton a " Sustainable City." Jack has also had a long-standing interest in peace issues, and has been an active supporter of McMaster University's Centre for Peace Studies. Recently he was invited to be a member of TRANSCEND: A PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORK founded by Johan Galtung. For the past two years Jack has organized a Peace Journalism Workshop conducted by Professor Galtung, and in 2001 was part of the McMaster team, which conducted conflict transformation and related workshops for Afghans living in Peshewar, Pakistan.

Other related articles for reference:
- A conversation among friends about National Missile Defence, With John Valleau, Joanna Santa Barbara, Jack Santa Barbara, and Sergey Plekhanov
- Bombing Anyone They Darn Well Please by Joanna Santa Barbara

Youth Award
Peace begins with children.  It is our children who may experience conflict and/or violence at a very young age - in either their home, community or school environment.  It is also our children who will lead future generations to either achieve a world of peace, or a world of violence.  We need to provide the children of the world with the skills they need to resolve conflict and build more peaceful communities.  By recognizing those youth who are contributing to building peace, provides a positive relevant example to other youth.  It also drives home to we adults the power of any individual to make a difference with their lives. 

Youth - Rebecca Dixon
Rebecca Dixon is 12 years old and lives in Ottawa.  Her list of accomplishments at such a young age is truly remarkable:  Rebecca received a UNESCO award in May 2000. UNESCO, as one of its Millennium Projects, selected 2000 children between the age of 8 and 15 from around the world who made a difference in the world.  Each of these children received this award. Rebecca made and sold spiced almonds to raise money for a church in Ukraine that was destroyed by a flood. 

Past Major Projects:


- Raised funds to help restore a Church in Ukraine . (See above for more details.)

- Organized a fundraiser to assist monastic communities in Canada .  The Archdiocese of Canada, The Orthodox Church in America , distributed the funds raised.  The project was completed in 2000.

- Organized a fundraiser to help Uganda Orphans with AIDS.  The Archdiocese of Canada, The Orthodox Church In America, distributed funds raised.  Project was completed in 2000.

- Organized a fundraiser to help with a food programs for children in Serbia .  St.Stefan Orthodox Church distributed the funds.  Project was completed in 2001.

- Organized a toy and book collection through my Girl Guide troop to assist the children and their families at Ronald McDonald House.  This project was completed in 2001.

- Organized a fund raising project to collect funds to support endangered animals.  A manatee by the name of Lucy was adopted.  This endangered animal was donated to Girl Guides from #52 Lansdowne.

- Organized "Maples for the Millennium" -  a project to buy new trees for Fairhaven , a property near Prescott Ontario This project replaced several trees that were lost during the "Ice Storm" of 1998.  This project involved contacting people across Canada and obtaining their support.  Support was also received from other countries.  This project was completed in 2001.  In 2002 trees that did not survive the drought of 2001 or their first winter will be replaced.


Current projects:


- Coordinating a collection of Campbell ’s soup labels to get school supplies for children in Ukraine .  I have contacted people across Canada and the United States of America to obtain their assistance.  This project was started in the fall of 2000 and will finish in the spring of 2002. I will use international contacts that I have for getting these supplies to Ukraine .

- Organizing the shipment of computers to children in Yugoslavia .  Contact was made with a donor.  This was followed up with a written proposal and an oral presentation.  Assistance was obtained from The Embassy of Yugoslavia.  They helped with the arrangements for transporting and storage of the computers, getting all the customs documents prepared, finding computer technologists in Yugoslavia to set up the computers, and contacting the Ministry of Education in Yugoslavia to find suitable schools for the computers.  Assistance was also obtained from a Canadian Moving and Storage Company.  A representative from Canada 's External Affairs will monitor the distribution of the computers.  This project is nearing completion.  The computers collected will be distributed to schools early in 2002.  I recently heard from a representative of the Yugoslavian Embassy.  The computers have arrived in Belgrade and are being refitted for use with the correct power supply.  Some have already been delivered to schools.

- Coordinating the erection of a monument to celebrate Children's Rights.  For the last two years I have been working with the Mayor of the City of Guelph , the Chairman of the Parks Department from Guelph , and a well known Canadian Artist to have a monument erected to celebrate Children's Rights.  In doing this project, I have had several contacts with officials from the Royal Canadian Legion, the City of Guelph, Members of Parliament, and Senators.  I have received a lot of support for the project.  The preliminary design is finished and a location for the monument has been selected.  In early 2002, the City Council of the City of Guelph voted to approve the project. Fund rising for the monument has started.  I hope to have this project finished so that it can Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Queen.  



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. 

Education - Larry Fisk                      
                                                          Larry Fisk with award           Bob Stewart 

Dr. Larry Fisk, joined the Conflict Resolution Studies faculty of Menno Simons College as the Paul and Esther Esau Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2000 - 2001. Dr. Fisk taught two specialty courses at Menno Simons College. "Pedagogy, Politics and Peace: the Inspiration of Ivan Illich and Paulo Freire" contemplated some of the basic writings of Illich and Freire which have turned pedagogy and politics upside down. "Love, Friendship And Politics: Reenvisioning Peace Education And Research" examined the question can we conduct peace education and research in such a manner that it enlarges our common humanity, contributing to the ecological, political and spiritual well-being of all?

Other related articles for reference:
- Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace
- Larry Fisk Biography
- "Inspiring Peace or Institutionalizing Passivity?: Cautions Surrounding a Canadian Peace Institute"

Business Award
Just as businesses participate in building a culture of violence, businesses must be involved in building a Culture of Peace. Canadian corporations should be expected to follow the same peace building values and ethics that we expect of our citizens. That these values would contribute greatly to peacebuilding at home and abroad is obvious.  Corporations must be increasingly responsive to issues affecting the physical, social and economic environments not only because of their impact on business performance but also out of a pro-active sense of responsibility to all constituencies served.  Corporations need to consider the balance between the short-term interests of shareholders and the longer-term interests of the enterprise and its stakeholders (including the community).  Meeting the traditional objectives and performance criteria is not sufficient. Voluntary standards which exceed the requirements of prevailing law and regulations are necessary to the development of sustainable practices. Society's "license or franchise to operate" has to be earned.  Corporations should lead by example through business practices that are ethical and transparent, and that reflect a commitment to human dignity, political and economic freedoms, and preservation of the planet.  Corporations cannot act alone but should seek to address key global issues through cooperative efforts with governments, other institutions and local communities.
Business - Citizens Bank of Canada                                 Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank is built on the premise that all companies have a responsibility to use their resources in ways that can make a positive difference to individuals, the community, and the world around us. Citizens Bank was launched in 1997 by Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (VanCity). The largest credit union in Canada, VanCity has a 50-year history of pioneering the concept of socially responsible business.  As indicated in their web site < > Citizens is "the only bank in Canada with an Ethical Policy < > that publicly states its position on eight key social and environmental issues, and we're committed to seeing that policy in everything we do. ...  What really sets Citizens apart from the competition in Canadian banking is the fact that we've taken our commitment to socially responsible business to heart. We have firmly and formally embedded that commitment in our corporate culture. Our Ethical Policy reminds us that we are not only accountable for our successes, but for making sure those successes do not come at the expense of our communities or the environment. At Citizens Bank, we believe we are stewards of the money our members place with us. Therefore, we must be responsible in how we use this money. The Ethical Policy is our guide in fulfilling this mandate.  More specifically, the Policy gives us a context in which to consider all of our business relations and operations. The policy addresses the bank's position in eight key areas: human rights, the environment, the tobacco industry, treatment of animals, sustainable energy, military weapons trade and manufacturing, employee relations and, of course, business conduct."

Other related articles for reference:
- Oxfam Canada has partnered with Citizens Bank of Canada to help raise money for the Oxfam projects
- VanCity is a sponsor of the Ethics in Action Awards
- Citizens Bank is a member of the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
- Citizens Bank is a ring site member of Bomis: The Business/Investing/Socially Responsible/Mutual Funds ring

Sports and Entertainment Award
We know from research in psychology that young children (and even adults) tend to model their behaviour and attitudes on those of adults, particularly adults they admire. Athletes and entertainers are role models. But Club Owners, sponsors and the entertainment media often encourage the violence, because it attracts spectators.  To children it all seems natural and sometimes confusing. Little does he or she know that the extreme violence he sees often grows more out of the owners' commercial interests than normal inclinations.  A well-adjusted child who watches acts of violence committed by thieves, murderers, or sadists in films or on TV generally knows that society disapproves of these acts. The child who watches sports knows that athletes' acts of violence are approved of. It makes sense that sports violence would serve as an important role model for children who tend to be well adjusted socially, while illegal violence on the screen would tend to have a greater influence on the behaviour of children who are more psychologically damaged and/or feel more alienated from society. We have reached a crisis point today. Contributing to this crisis is TV, which introduces violent athletes and entertainers as role models and often focuses attention on the violence.  It is time to honour those men and women in sports and entertainment who work to counter violence.

Sports and Entertainment - Michael Moore 

I am highly recommending that you go see Bowling For Columbine.  Its a documentary film by Micheal Moore, who is an American activist.  The film is a great demonstration of the attitudes and some of the causes of so much fear and death caused by guns in the U.S.  I think it is a film that everyone should see, although it is done tastefully some Americans of course may find it a little less amusing than us Canadians.  There was an American girl who went to the movie with us and she didn't appreciate it quite as much as us Canadians...who of course were used as better examples compared to the U.S. in terms of having a better living environment.  Did you know that in Canada we have approx 165 deaths per year from guns, while Germany has 255, and Great Britain has only 39.  The US has 11,124!!!!  A good quote from the movie is that "if safety was measured in terms of numbers of guns, the US would be the safest country in the world, but that's not how it works".  He also talks about stereotypes, racism, misconceptions/misinformation, fear and media's association with the problems of violence.  As soon as you get the chance, go see is getting rave reviews.  Here is a site that tells you about the movie - .  Mike Moore's web site is at .  Review courtesy of Robyn Stewart. 
Michael Moore is also the author of the book "Stupid White Men", the movie "Me and Roger Smith", the movie "The Big One", and a weekly series available on DVD called "The Awful Truth" exposing many awful truths.  Some say that Canada is only 15 years behind the United States.  If there is any truth to this, then Canadians should seriously think about the messages contained in Michael Moore's movies and books and take action to ensure we do not lose our way of life.  They will make you laugh, they will make you cry, they will make you shake your head, and they will make you want to shake the heads of our leaders who allow these things to happen.

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."