Contact: Bill Bhaneja,, 613-244-1979 and Peter Stockdale,,613-852-4527, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CPI), and contacts shown in the program. — See Festival Archive and History — E-mail corrections to

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ottawa Peace Festival 2015

Festival de la Paix à Ottawa 2015

9th annual — Updated: 26 October 2015

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Exhibit and Film Festival

September 1 to 30, 2015
September 11 to October 2, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015

Peace Events
Proclamations, Panels, Awards, Arts

Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • 10:30 am to 4:30 pmA Circle of All Nations Grandfather William Commanda Annual Peace Event. — At: J.K. Wyllie Boardroom, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), 233 Gilmour Street, (Circle of All Nations, Romola Trebilcock, 613-599-5385, — PosterPanorama photoAttendanceMap

    11:00 — Opening Ceremony & Prayer
    11:15 — A Circle of All Nations, Culture of Peace Welcome – Romola
    12:00 — Special Guest Elders - Grace Sesma and Ken Cohen
    12:30 — Asinabka/Sacred Chaudiere Site update and discussion – MC Larry McDermott;
                   Urbanization, development and condos – Carolyn Andison
    13:30 — Break
    13:45 — Report: Circle of All Nations (CAN) work in South Africa: CAN, NACCW,
                   the Circle of Caring and strengthening Child and Youth Care Work - Romola
    14:45 — CAN colleague Adrian Esposito explores Indigenous Healing – Karen Bisson
    15:15 — Indigenous Languages Update – Serena d'Agostino;;
                   Indigenous Garden Report – Franny Varty/Dean Jones
    15:30 — The Wolf Project and Racial Harmony – Ray Sunstrum;
                   Special Focus on Uncle Gabriel Commanda and supporting his memory.
    15:45 — Thoughts about Peace, Consensus and Dissent – Tito Medina
    16:00 — Ottawa Peace Festival – Bill Bhaneja;
                   Encore Vivant!
                   How Grandfather's Legacy continues to inspire across the world!
                   Music, Light Dinner and Socialization

Monday, September 21, 2015
        — UN International Day of Peace

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015
       — UN International Day of Nonviolence
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmA Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future, featuring Daisaku Ikeda's 2015 Peace Proposal. — At: SGI Ottawa, 237 Argyle Street, 2nd floor (Soka Gakkai International, SGI Ottawa: 613-232-1100, — Link to the 2015 Peace Proposal — Poster — Photos — AttendanceMap
  • 7:00 pm+ Film Festival Nonviolent Political Action and Forgotten Voices of War. Continues on Friday evenings to the end of October.— At: University of Ottawa, Montpetit Hall, Room 202. (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Joey Clavette, 613-668-5527,, Facebook). — Photos — AttendanceMap
    1. Butterfly (43 min, 2014) documentary about former child soldiers in Sri Lanka's "No Fire Zone." Trailer (2:39 min). Review.
    2. Hope from Colombia (24 min, 2009) documentary about the first elected leader in history who totally committed himself to nonviolence (like M.L. King Jr.), trained by the Center for Global Nonviolence, Hawaii.

Festival Promotion Online
  1. Walking Across Canada For Peace, Spirit-Wrestlers Blog, March 4, 2015. — Jesse-Blue Forrest, Chair of the Toronto Department of Peace Initiative (DPI) chapter, announced that his 5-month PeaceWalk from Victoria BC to Ottawa ON in support of a Department of Peace is postponed until March 2016.
  2. Facebook — uOttawa Cinema Academica
  3. 13th Annual Friends for Peace Day, Sat Sept 26, Awakening, June 9, 2015
  4. CICR in Ottawa's Annual Peace Festival
  5. Ottawa Peace Festival – September 21 to October 2, 2015, by Louise Ouimet , Africa Study Group, July 22, 2015.
  6. See the movie that will inspire you to Free the Falls, Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands, August 5, 2015.
  7. 'Our Town', Ottawa Citizen, August 20, 2015, page C8.
  8. "Sept.21 to Oct. 2," What's Happening This Week, Ottawa South News, August 20, 2015, page 46.
  9. Ottawa Peace Festival inspires Edmonton, email from Colleen Ring, Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, August 22, 2015. Facebook. — 11 events scheduled.
  10. 'What's Happening This Week', Ottawa East News, August 27, 2015, page 26.
  11. 13th Annual Friends for Peace Day, WherEvent.
  12. UpBeat Peace Party DANCE, Saturday September 26, 2015. Allevents in Ottawa.
  13. Calendar of Events, Tone Magazine, September 2015, page 44.
  14. CIC National Capital: Peace and Security Issues: Canada’s Role : September 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, CIC Events, Septermber 2015.
  15. CICR in Ottawa's Peace Festival 2015, Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, Calendar, Registration, September 2015.
  16. Press Release: 13th Annual Friends for Peace Day, Leading Edge Foundation, September 2015. — Friends for Peace is an integral part of the Annual Ottawa Peace Festival.
  17. Ottawa Peace Festival (link), Reddit Canada, September 2015.
  18. Thursday Blend - I Am Alive: Peaceing Together The Canada We Want (begins at minute 5 of 63 min.) Hosted By Suzette Schmiedel, CKCU FM 93.1 radio, 7:00 AM, September 3, 2015.
  19. Ottawa Peace Festival ... Festival de la Paix à Ottawa 2015 9th annual ... Theme: “Peaceing Together the Canada We Want” 25 free events, hosted by 22 ... ,, 5 September 2015.
  20. Lots to see at the Ottawa Peace Festival, Peace Quest, September 5, 2015.
  21. "Sept.21 to Oct. 2," What's Happening This Week, Ottawa East News, September 10, 2015, page 42.
  22. DamNation Movie Screening, September 29, 2015, Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands, September 10, 2015.
  23. A Luta Continua: Interview with Peter Stockdale about the Ottawa Peace Festival (start time min. 7:30, end time 30:30, run time 23 min.), Host: Qais Ghanem, CKCU FM 93.1 On Demand, Sep. 11, 2015 , 9:00 AM
  24. "Peacing Together the Canada We Want," Calendar, PEN: Peace and Environment News, September- November 2015, page 4.
  25. Calendar, PEN: Peace and Environment News, September -November 2015, page 8.
  26. "Systems and structures – invitation to Pamela’s presentation at Ottawa Peace Festival," Freeing Chaudiere Falls and its Islands – Gathering, September 13, 2015.
  27. Peace Philosopher and Literary Figure: Leo Tolstoy: The 9th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival, Ottawa Public Library Twitter, 14 Sep 2015.
  28. "9th annual Ottawa Peace Festival," Our Town, Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 17, 2015, page C5 — About: Documentary Filmmaking and Friends of Peace Day.
  29. Caribou Legs completes Vancouver-Ottawa run to protect waterways, The Council of Canadians, September 17, 2015 — #Pledge2Protect
  30. "Sept.21 to Oct. 2," What's Happening This Week, Ottawa East News, September 17, 2015, page 42.
  31. Peace Philosopher and Literary Figure: Leo Tolstoy, by Sandra_Library, Ottawa Public Library Blog, Sep 17, 2015.
  32. Military Industrial Complex Films with Cinema Academica and the Ottawa Peace Festival, Facebook, September 19, 2015.
  33. 9th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival Sept. 21 thru Oct. 2 has 25 free events at 19 locations., Peggy Mason @MasonPeggy Twitter, September 19, 2015.
  34. Daily event announcement, Mirch Masala Mix, 97.9 FM CHIN Radio, Ottawa, September 2015.
  35. Ottawa Peace Festival: Around the Community, St. Joe's Weekend Bulletin, September 20, 2015, page 4. — URL is missing.
  36. Agnel, Robert Julian. A Circle of All Nations: A Culture of Peace, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. September 20, 2015 — 360-degree panorama video.
  37. Spafford, Laura. Ottawa Peace, Unity and Harmony Festival, Parliament Hill, Ottawa Canada. September 21, 2015. — 360-degree panorama video. 
  38. Ottawa Peace Festival, Events,: Diplomatic Agenda, Embassy News, September 21, 2015.
  39. Three Upcoming Events of Humanist Interest in Ottawa : Ninth Annual Ottawa Peace festival, Ontario Humanist Society, September 22, 2015.
  40. Invitation, Canadian International Council | Conseil international du Canada - Ottawa, Facebook, September 22, 2015.
  41. Anti-War Screenings: Fri, Sept 25, 7 PM @ 202 Montpetit, UOttawa. Military Industrial Complex Films with Cinema Academica and the Ottawa Peace Festival. Wednesday Weekly - September 23, 2015, OPIRG Carleton.
  42. Arts Night for Peace Festival Ottawa, Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:00 PM , Calendar:
  43. Military Industrial Complex Films with Cinema Academica and the Ottawa Peace Festival,, 25 September, 2015. — 11 attendees (52 invited)
  44. Peace and Reconciliation Event. Film Butterfly by Vishnu Vasu, Kijiji, September 26 , 2015 — Room directions
  45. Canada : Ottawa Peace Festival ~ link, Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace.
  46. Interview with Dr. Baranyi (segment 5:22 pm to 5:30 pm), Click Here, CHUO On-Demand, CHUO FM 89.1, September 30, 2015 — Internet radio host Mitchell Caplan interviews Prof. Stephan Baranyi about "Peace and Security Issues : Canada’s Role" at Ottawa Peace Festival 2015 (Sept 30).
  47. "Miscellaneous: 2015 Ottawa Peace Festival Foundation," International Peace Bureau Newsletter, November 2015, page 5.


  1. Maxim Zbitnoff, California. October 20, 2016.

    Thanks, Koozma. Glad to hear there is such a festival. And thank you for being such torch bearer of peace yourself.

  2. Sharon Tennison, Center for Citizen Initiatives. October 20, 2016.

    Dear Koozma,

    If you have another next year might I get an invitation?

    During the next year would any of your participants be interested in participating in a North American People’s Diplomacy trip to Russia?
    I just got the idea while looking at your photos.
    We definitely will begin these investigatory trips again in the new year.

    My daring idea is to take 100 Americans to Russia (numbers get attention), meet with numerous Muscovites from bottom to top in Moscow and then divide into ten groups of 10 people to go to 10 different regions in Russia to see for ourselves what is going on all over Russia. To do surveys, have discussions on all topics, meet with everyone from students to officials, but mainly business and professionals from bakers to bankers and officials. Last go to Petersburg for plenary meetings and breakout groups to determine how we can use this information for educating our peoples when the groups return to their homes. Everyone going will make a pledge to educate for six months on return home — everything from home meetings to university students to local officials.

    Hope to hear from you! All the best and thanks for your photos and explanations, Sharon

  3. Gordon Breedyk, Ottawa, Ontario. October 22, 2016.

    Great work as always Koozma!
    Thank you so very much.

  4. Hope Fitz, Woodstock, CT, USA. October 26, 2016.

    Dear Koozma,
    Thank you for resending the article with my picture so close to the audience. I like this picture better than any of the others taken by other people, and I am honored by your piece about me.

    My Best Regards, Hope

  5. S.Jeyapragasam, IndiaNovember 15, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Dear friend,
    I am in touch with all your emails. I greatly respect your sustained noble work. Let us remain in touch.
    with gratitude,regards and prayers,
    Yours sincerely, S.Jeyapragasam