Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ottawa Peace Festival 2014 — Program

8th annual — Updated: 25 November 2014

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Friday September 12, 2014

Art  Exhibits

September 1 to 30, 2014

September 21 to October 2, 2014

September 26 to 28, 2014

September 28 to October 2, 2014

Peace  Events

Sunday September 21 — International Day of Peace
  • 10:30 am to 5:30 pm — A Circle of All Nations Annual Peace Event : 15th Grandfather William Command Annual Peace Event, at J.K. Wyllie Boardroom, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa (Circle of All Nations, Romola Trebilcock, 613-599-5385, — Report — PosterMap89 Photos
    10:30 pm — Screening of Grandfather Commanda documentaries
    1 pm — Welcoming Remarks and Official Greetings
                  Prayer for Grandfather William Commanda
                  Welcome to the 8th Ottawa Peace Festival 2014
    1:30 pm — Panel Presentations
    2:30 pm — Group Discussion
    3:30 pm — Ottawa International Drumming Festival
    3:45 pm — Launching Ray Sunstrum's Book! — Break, Info Tables, Tea
    4:30 pm — Drumming and Dancing
  • 11:30 am to Noon — Re-dedicate "Peace Tower", Proclamations of United Nations' International Day of Peace, at Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa ON (Canadian Peace Initiative, Peter Stockdale, 613-852-4527) — ReportMap17 Photos

Monday September 22, 2014
  • 6 pm to 8:30 pm — Violence Against Women - Causes and Cures, panel of 6 women, Ottawa Public Library - Elmvale Acres Branch, 1910 St. Laurent Blvd (at Hamlet Road), Ottawa ON. (Moderator: Qais Ghanem, Dialogue with Diversity, 613-265-4654) — Report — PosterSpeakersMap17 Photos
    1.  Violence in Our Language – Misogyny’s License, by Shahla Khan Salter
    2.  Female Genital Mutilation, by Merertu Frissa
    3.  Violence against Women in Asia, by Kathy Bos
    4.  Violence Against Indigenous Women, by Vicky Chief
    5.  Rape as a Weapon of War, by Ute Gerbrandt
    6.  Death of a Thousand Small Cuts, by Sylvia Laale

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Wednesday September 24, 2014

Thursday September 25, 2014
  • No event.

Friday September 26, 2014

Saturday September 27, 2014

Sunday September 28, 2014

Monday September 29, 2014

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Thursday October 2, 2014

Festival Promotion


  1. Dear festival event organizers and supporters,

    Our heartfelt appreciation to you and your teams for making the 12-day Peace Festival a success. The 29 events this year were a record. They dealt with reconciliation, disarmament, and climate change. Their success resulted from conviction and cooperation on respective initiatives under the festival's broad theme of "Peacing together the Canada we want".

    The topic of stewardship of Mother Earth percolated throughout the Festival with a reminder that time has come for us settlers of the Turtle Island to value the wisdom of its indigenous people and their cultures. Also, that culture of peace must be nurtured at home first before we can in a meaningful way promote it abroad.

    Our publicity and your efforts e.g. including the program on your websites and FB pages, was greatly aided by the peace festival webmaster Andrei Conovoloff. Colleague Koozma Tarasoff is busy writing his festival feature with photos that he will soon circulate (most photos are already uploaded on our festival Our grateful thanks to Koozma and Andrei.

    Looking forward to seeing you again in April/May next year to prepare for our 9th Peace Festival. Until then our best wishes in your important work for nonviolent peace.

    With deep gratitude,
    In Unity of Peace,

    Bill Bhaneja and Peter Stockdale
    Co-convenors, Ottawa Peace Festival
    613-244-1979, 613-852-4527

    "If there is going to be change in the world, real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves." — Howard Zinn

  2. And who takes the time to thank you and your wonderful team for the beautiful job you do organizing this event Bill. Let me be one.

    Rev. Frances Deverell,
    Ottawa Host, ClimateFast

    " We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it." — Jay Inslee

    We are the ones we have been waiting for.

  3. And THANK YOU ALL for all the hard work and dedication that you show not only in organizing this Peace Festival (which I know is a huge undertaking), but in being the role models and passionate advocates for this culture of peace.

    We felt honoured to be a part of it.

    With love and gratitude,
    ~Mony and Alberto

    Mony Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso
    Pilgrims, Artists, International award-winning authors
    Twitter: @Walkingforpeace