October 5, 2005


Dear Co-Learners, Educators and Students,

Re: Peace Conference for Youth:  November 24, 2005    


You are invited to bring students to attend our second, Youth Conference  entitled: "Building a Culture of Peace, the issues and opportunities for youth". .As a result of the work of many peacebuilders and peace educators in Canada, and following our success last year, the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace will again be hosting this forum to support peace education for youth. (See our poster attached.)

Our conferences further the principles of the United Nations “Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program”, in creating  a World Fit For Children.  They are conducted in a conferencing format called  Open Space Technology  to encourage and support youth to engage in active peace building. (adults will be invited to support as co-learners within this space for youth). Our conferences are empowering and affirm the innate wisdom of the participants.   The simplicity and creativity of Open Space Technology is briefly described at: http://www.genuinecontact.net/mtg_open_space.html   For the second year, the professional facilitator for this event is Leslie Higgins of Solution Consultants, Dundas, Ontario..  For an insight into what wonderful results can occur please read our 2004 report at:  http://www.peace.ca/Youth%20Peace%20Conference%20-%20Nov18-04.pdf  
Last year the students that joined us ranged primarily from Grade 6 to 12, and engaged in the process with great enthusiasm.  We also had some University students and Grade 4 - 5 students participate.  The adults who participated, in addition to teachers, enjoy working with young people and found great benefit.   All that is required of your students is an interest in Peace.   In preparation, students can refer to the background reading at
http://www.peace.ca/worldfitforchildrenreferences.htm .  Desired outcomes are listed below.

There is no registration fee for students under the age of 25. We do ask for a Registration Fee from adults designed to cover our costs, and any surplus will be contributed to the Canadian Peace Education Foundation. The Earlybird Fee for professionals (teachers) prior to November 9 is $100.00 for the day ($125.00 after Nov 9th)  For Registration and Information please refer to: http://www.peace.ca/registration2005.htm .     Teachers  can complete one Registration Form and indicate the approximate number of students that you will bring (please advise me if it changes significantly). Registration is required in advance as space is limited.

Registration begins at  8:30 am, the Program starts promptly at 9:00 am  and continue to 4:00 pm included is an hour of  peace related  entertainment.  Light and healthy snacks and juice will be provided during the morning and afternoon.  Lunch can be purchased on site, or brought.  

This year we will have a “Peace Showcase”  where schools and individuals are welcome to display their Peace activities,  including peace art as a means for us to share our peace experiences with others.  We have a number of display tables available so please reserve your table in advance.

We hope you can join us and/or advise your colleagues of this interesting and valuable opportunity and event.  The time is ripe to act on a Culture of Peace Program in Canada.  It will have a positive impact on our youth. 

If you would like any further information, please refer to our website or contact the undersigned.

Yours truly,



Robert A. Stewart, C.A. , C.M.C.

Director  (email: stewartr[at]peace.ca )



Box 70 , Okotoks , AB
  T1S 1A4
Ph: (403) 461-2469
Fax: (403) 938-4117


 The desired outcomes for the Peace Conference :

·       Ultimately, the creation of a Culture of Peace within and by the students

·       Understanding and promotion of the Culture of Peace Programme by the students

·       Identification of issues important to the students:  i.e. Bullying/ Racism etc.

·       Raised awareness about the issues and the impact on those effected

·       Identification of solutions to the issues raised

·       Dialogue and enhanced communication between the students

·       Network development between students interested in Peace

·       Identification of students interested in working toward solutions to the issues raised

·       Germination of working groups to address issues

·       Commitment of the students to move forward on addressing the issues

·       Ownership and buy-in


                                              Other Peace activities that week at McMaster include:

(1) November 21 - 23:   Peace and Leadership 3-day workshop                                                                                          

(2) November 24 – 28:  Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada                                                                                           http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm

High school students are welcome to participate in any of our Conference workshops November 25 to 27  at no cost.  They should Register online.  You may wish to take some or all of these into account in your planning. Our conferences and symposium are a rare chance for Canadians from all across the country to highlight peace education, research and a Culture of Peace in Canada.