Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ottawa Peace Festival 2013

September 21 to October 2, 2013
  • 18 non-violent peace events scheduled at 13 locations around the capital
  • Open to the public. Free admission. Some events request donations.
  • Events subject to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Interactive map.

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Photo Exhibit

September 1 — September 30

Peace Events

Saturday, September  21

14th Annual Grandfather William Commanda (Ojigkwanong) Peace Event in Ottawa, at Victoria Island (Contact: Circle of All Nations: Romola Trebilcock, 613-599-8385,; The Wolf Project; Plenty Canada; and City of Peace Ottawa: Peter Stockdale, 613-852-4527, City of Peace Ottawa VideosPROGRAM — MAPPHOTOS
  • 9 am - 11 am — Early Morning Activities
         — Opening Prayers and Ceremony
         — Pot Luck Breakfast
         — Discussions on Land, Water, Eel and Peace Themes
Concurrent events: Global March for Peace & Unity joins Paddle for Peace Celebration at 11 am.
  • 9:30 am-11 amGlobal March for Peace & Unity - Capital Area — Gather at the Human Rights Monument (corner of Lisgar and Elgin, in front of City Hall Elgin entrance). Opening Words from Youth Leaders
  • 10:00 am — Walk to Victoria Island, 138 Middle street. (Contact: Global March for Peace & Unity, Gabriella Fayant,, 613-809-3770; City of Peace Ottawa: Anita Rizvi,, 613 424 7738, Joe Staresinic, 613 620 5065) — MAP — PHOTOS
  • 11 am - 3 pm — Paddle for Peace CelebrationPROGRAM — MAPPHOTOS
         11.00 am — Canoes and walkers arrive at Victoria Island
                  — Opening Prayer
                  — Drumming
                  — Prayer for Water
                  — Prayer for Grandfather William Commanda
                  — Welcoming Remarks and Official Greetings
                  — Remarks from Special Guests
         12.00 pm — Lunch — Pot Luck Community Picnic
         1.00 pm — Drumming, Music, ...
                  — Informal Gathering and Sharing
                  — Birch bark canoe making demonstrations and discussions
                  — Information sharing tables – themes:
                         • Asinabka Indigenous Centre
                         • water, land, creativity, river art, peace and nature
                         • Grandfather’s Circle of All Nations books, DVDs and legacy
                  — Overview of City of Ottawa Peace Activities by Peter Stockdale and Bill Bhaneja
         3.00 pm — Closing Prayer

Sunday, September  22

Car-free day, City of Ottawa (

Monday, September  23

Tuesday, September  24

  • 7.30 am — Breakfast Speaker series: "Human Rights and Guatemala," by Eric Schiller, at Donna’s Express cafĂ©, 322 Churchill Avenue North (at Scott St) — Free breakfast. (by National Capital Peace Council (NCPC) of the Universal Peace Federation : Daniel Stringer,  613-792-1431) — MAPPHOTOS
  • 6 pm - 8.30 pm — CPI Panel: "Beyond War and Militarism: Nonkilling Security," Ottawa Main Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier (Contact: Iman Ibrahim, Canadian Peace Initiative, 613-276-6764) — POSTER — MAPPHOTOS

Wednesday, September  25

Thursday, September  26

Friday, September  27

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, September 29

Rally for the Rideau, To keep the 613 tar free (by Ecology Ottawa and partners), Facebook.
  • 9:30 am — Gather at Vincent Massey Park, walk along or paddle up the Rideau River.
  • 1 pm - 3 pm — Rally at City Hall.
2nd Annual M.K. Gandhi Lecture on Peace and the Humanities, Carleton University — (New) River Building, Lecture Theatre Room 2200, Floor 2, Carleton University — Free Public Lecture. Information: — $2 Parking in Lot P2 (Campus Parking Map) — Event MAPPHOTOS

Monday, September 30

  • 7 pm — Peace Song Sing-A-Long : Your chance to sing for peace! — Refreshments — Old Town Hall Community Centre, 61 Main Street at Hawthorne (Contact: Jason Bailey, Canadian Peace Initiative, 613-291-0200. — MAPPHOTOS
  •  7 pm — Movie : The Economics of Happiness, at Unitarian Fellowship of Ottawa, 400 McArthur Ave. (#14 bus) (  — MAP — no photos

Tuesday, October  1

Wednesday, October  2

  • United Nations International Day of Non-Violence, Gandhi's birthday
  • 7 pm - 9 pm — "Gandhi and King: Prophets of Non-violent Resistance to Evil: The Celebration." Greenery Room, Travel Lodge Hotel, 1376 Carling Ave (Contact: Daniel Stringer, National Capital Peace Council, 613-792-1431). — MAPPHOTOS
    — MC: Tayo Olafimihan
    — Presenter: Bill Bhaneja, “The Quest for Gandhi”
    — Key Note Speaker: Rev. Darryl Gray, “Can The Student Teach The Master?”
    — Oratory: Ewant Walters, Lloyd Stanford, and John Harewood, “A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, - A Reading in Three Voices”
    — Music: Ralitsa Tcholakova, violinist
  • 7 pm — Fast and Vigil — Closing Ritual: "Closing Circle" Candlelight Vigil, Just Voices and Chris White, on Parliament Hill.  (by; and Frances Deverell,\actions) — MAP — no photos

Event News

1 comment:

  1. Dear friends,

    Despite heavy downpour, the 7th Annual Peace Festival was launched at the Victoria Island this morning with the First Nations sacred ceremonies performed by Algonquin elders of the Circle of All Nations, keynote speech by Architect Douglas Cardinal and Culture of peace pronouncements by First Nations leaders championing the Paddle for Peace vision of the Late Grandfather William Commanda. The IDP Peace Proclamations were read by Canadian Peace Initiative members. The proclamations were from the UN Secty General and Mayors of cities and communities on both sides of the Ottawa River. The wet weather did not dishearten a crowd of approximately 100 who joined on the Island showing their commitment and intentions for nonviolent peace and caring stewardship of "Mother Earth". Earlier a smaller group gathered at the Human Rights Monument to commemorate those who had stood against social injustice and read the IDP proclamation issued from the Mayor Jim Watson's office.

    Thank you everyone who organized and attended.