Celebrate the Intl Day of Peace in #YEG

September 18, 2014

Local peace organizations celebrate the International Day of Peace – September 21st

Edmonton, AB (September 21st, 2014) – Communities across the world will come together today, on the International Day of Peace, to celebrate peace and voice their hopes for a more peaceful world.

Several of Edmonton’s peace-related organizations have collaborated to host a variety of engaging and inspirational events that will allow Edmontonians to join in these exciting global celebrations. The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action and the United Nations Association – Canada Edmonton Branch, among others, have created an inspirational mix of song, dance, spoken word, and keynote speeches that will inspire Edmontonians to think critically about their role in creating communities of peace, both at home and abroad.

The day’s events will begin at 12:00pm in Churchill Square, with the annual Peace Flag Raising Ceremony and will then move to City Hall for the “Right of Peoples to Peace” celebration. Performances include Global Voices Choir, One World Beat - Kita No Taiko and Sangea drumming performance, Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali spoken word poet, and a closing dance and drum circle led by Marcus Fung. Speakers include the Honourable Douglas Roche; Renée Vaugeois, Executive Director of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights; and Vivian Giang, UNA-Canada Edmonton Branch President. Throughout the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to browse the booths of a variety of peace-related organizations at the Building Peace Exhibition, learning more about the work Edmonton organizations are doing to build communities of peace.

For more information, please contact:
Tatiana Wugalter - tatiana@jhcentre.org

Awards Nominations Open!

September 15, 2014

The Human Rights Awards are presented annually to individuals of all ages, businesses or organizations that are making a positive contribution to the lives and well-being of people in Edmonton. These recipients are those that are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights in the city and making the community a place where all belong, are included and participate.

Awards are presented on International Human Rights Day on December 10th. This year's events will be held at the Transalta Arts Barn starting at 7 pm! Stay in touch for more information.

Nominations close Thursday, November 7th, and winners will be notified by November 15th, 2013.

Nominate someone today!



#YEGPeaceFest 2014!! Sept. 21

September 14, 2014


Edmonton is rocking this year for the International Day of Peace on September 21st!
Join us at City Hall to collectively call for ending war both here at home and abroad. Starting with the traditional peace flag ceremony outside at noon, the day will be a blessing of music, words, dance and more.