JULY 15, 2005 – 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


In Attendance:

Saul Arbess , from Victoria
Tom Rippon, from Victoria
Larry Fisk (part-time)
Bob Stewart , Chair


Tex Albert, in New York
Renee Vaugeois 

1.       Review of Agenda, and any Additions

The preliminary Agenda was used as a guideline (copy below).  There was a consensus among participants that this meeting should focus on ‘Action Items’.


2.       Update on new Peace and Governance Program in development at the University of Alberta (Renee Vaugeois by email)

From Renee, a quick update on the Peace and Governance Program at the UofA:

We have finally worked through some kinks and have made some great progress.  The Certificate title has been revised to "Peace and Post Conflict Studies" certificate and will be in the calendar for the 2006/07 academic year.  Students however in the meantime can take courses to receive the credit on their transcripts!  This is one major achievement.

The broader Peace and Governance Program itself has been revised.  We are going for a MA and PH.D. program right away and will be submitting the full proposal to the University and Government within the year.  This one is a long process, but as it looks, it will hopefully be in the calendar for the 2007/08 calendar year.  Courses may be developed sooner... but time will tell.  Our major hurdle was convincing our Dean that it was a needed program - we have succeeded in this task and he is now fully behind us.”


Renee suggests that CCOPP write Andy Knight a letter indicating progress of the organization and an official request to hold the Second Annual National Culture of Peace Symposium at the University of Alberta (following Bob Stewart ’s suggestion that CCOPP be the primary host and organizer, to ensure it happens in a timely manner).  The upcoming conference is discussed further below, and Bob Stewart will follow up with such a letter (Action Item).  Thanks to Renee for this.



3.      Report from Tex Albert


From Tex , submitted by email the following:


“Here is my brief report for the, July 15, CCOPP meeting in Calgary . Unfortunately I'll be unable to participate in this meeting one way or another as I'll be attending two conferences at the UN in NY, 10 - 22 July.


I - World Peace Forum 2006, June 23 - 28.


Vancouver City Council is firmly committed to hosting the WPF 2006*.  I have made various attempts to develop an effective link between CCOPP and the WPF 2006. I have to acknowledge that there is a need for improvement.


- While in  Vancouver  last February I was graciously lodged for a couple of days by Don Grayston who was then on the WPF Society's board. (Since, Don has withdrawn, understandably, from several boards & committees including WPF Society and the CCOPP Core Group re-prioritising his engagements following his retirement.)  Efforts to set up an appointment with the WPF 2006 secretariat then did not work out.  While out for a walk one mid-afternoon, on Don's encouragement, I even stopped by the WPF office but it was closed.

- I have written a couple of e-mails which I always copied to Robert Stewart . There has been no response from the WPF 2006 office.

- I have otherwise promoted WPF 2006 as widely as possible and secured a few endorsements, of which I am aware, both from Canada and abroad.




For effectiveness CCOPP should consider nominating as liaison with WPF 2006 someone living in Vancouver , or nearer to there, who may also be otherwise implicated with WPF 2006 to be its liaison with WPF 2006. Suggestions: Saul Arbess , Tom Rippon or Gabriela Lasko.(I also recommend that Gabriela be the Arts and Culture liaison in the CCOPP working group and in particular the liaison with WPF 2006 for that aspect of their program.)

*Note that since a month or so WPF 2006 is firmly on track with a new team at the helm and new office locations.


- Lynn Hainsworth (Executive Director - Operations)
- Jef Keighley (Executive Director - Outreach)

- Tania Aguila (Administrative Co-ordinator)


World Peace Forum 2006, #420 550 West 6th Avenue , Vancouver , BC V5Z 1A1 ; Ph 604 687 3223/Fx 604 687 3277; web site



II - Interreligious Dialogue:


On 30 March 2005, I launched the Yahoo Group .  The group has twelve members so far. Some basic information pertaining to interreligious dialogue has been made available. There has been some interactions among the members.  From informal discussions with Shall and Paul as well as information received from Renée Vaugeois the hope has been to develop Interreligious Dialogue within CCOPP during a conference that was being proposed at the U of A towards the end of the year.  Note that I have linked up Renée with the Program Specialist responsible for Interreligious Dialogue at UNESCO. (By the way it was a coincidence that I got this contact as I tried to organise, through a friend in Paris , that Shall Sinha and his wife be received at UNESCO to present copies of his publications during their recent trip in Europe . Unfortunately Shall was unable to make use of this opportunity which had been secured for him.  Also, I am hoping to attend an International Symposium, 'Cultivating Wisdom, Harvesting Peace' 10 - 13 August 2005, at the Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University , Brisbane . The Centre's Director (Founding) is Professor Toh Swee-Hin who used to be at the University of Alberta and is the Laureate, UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2000.



i - That CCOPP develop its Interreligious Dialogue program through the synergy that can result, applying OST (Open Space Technology), in the course of meetings scheduled at an upcoming conference. Renée on behalf of U of A will no doubt update us further on this...


ii- CCOPP support, to the extent possible, to enable me to secure sponsorship to attend the Brisbane International Symposium would be much appreciated. I thank the members who have been encouraging me.”


The World Peace Forum 2006 is discussed further below, including Bob Stewart will follow up with contact with Jef Keighley (Action Item).  Incorporating the CCOPP Interreligious Dialogue Program into the planning for the Second Annual National Culture of Peace Symposium is included below (Action Item).  CCOPP does support Tex ’s participation in the Brisbane Symposium; Tex should look into potential funding sources and CCOPP will help however possible (Action Item)  (but CCOPP has not raised funding yet, which is also discussed below).



4.      Telling the “CCOPP Story”


Participants discussed the need to communicate our “CCOPP Story” better, for existing and potential participants.  We have formalized our Mission Statement (“To Advance a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, at home and abroad”), and we have written a significant amount of supportive material, however we must refine the brief narrative of how we will achieve our Mission .  It must bridge the two worlds of the ‘concrete’ and the ‘abstract’; the ‘product’ and the ‘process’; the ‘immediate’ and the ‘long-term perspective’ (some would say the ‘realist’ and the ‘utopian’).


We discussed the view that CCOPP is positioned to analyze the gaps impeding progress from a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, and is building the network of organizations, people and information to fill the gaps.  We act as a catalyst.  We have a long-term perspective, a process.  We think beyond the current conflict (“the time to prevent a conflict is ten years before”).  We are declaring a space that we will occupy, without duplicating what others are doing and in fact utilizing existing infrastructure wherever possible and appropriate.  We are continuously learning and evolving to most suitably fill the gaps.  Bob Stewart will draft the next version of the “CCOPP Story” for Members consideration. (Action Item)



5.      Building the CCOPP Government Relationship


Saul Arbess provided a status report on the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (Saul will be forwarding a written status report; in the meantime, see the web site at ). [The updated status report is now copied below.]


Saul will be participating in a meeting in London , England October 18 – 19, 2005 ‘The First People’s Summit for Departments of Peace’.  The ‘Second People’s Summit for Departments of Peace’ is planned for Victoria , B.C. June 21 – 22, 2006, immediately prior to the World Peace Forum.  Saul will be visiting Ottawa in early November and will take the opportunity to meet with the Ottawa-based group working on a proposal for a Canadian Department of Peace.  The two initiatives have agreed to work together to hopefully arrive at a consensus for one Canadian Initiative, since they are quite complimentary.  Saul will consider suggesting an Open Space Workshop in Ottawa while he is visiting to help come to a meeting of minds.  Saul will also consider writing a ‘Protocol’ which will guide their Initiative, which will facilitate participation by others, and will review that developed by CCOPP at . (Action Item)


We discussed the need to develop ‘A Strategy: How to Relate to Government’.  We talked about using the recent Government of Canada International Policy Statement (reference ) as an initial opening to dialogue:

-          eg. “we want to work with you, as you have recommended, with respect to fuller integration of foreign policy, defense and civil society, at home and in the field”

-          build on what Canada has said they will do (using their own words; hold them to account)

-          we can help bring civil society together; we can help build a popular groundswell

-          work at levels of MPs (eg. Keith Martin, Alexa McDonough, etc.; build a base of support at this level, if possible)

-          work at level of Senators (eg. Romeo D’Allaire, Landon Pearson, etc.; build a base of support at this level, if possible)

-          look to Doug Roche for advice and support

-          look at how Canada ’s International Policy Statement might compliment the recent Reform of U.N. document (reference )

-          participate in upcoming hearings on Canada ’s International Policy Statement (which raises the urgency to develop a CCOPP position/strategy)

-          work with key peace organizations, such as the World Federalists, Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee, UNAC, etc. who have government’s ear (build a relationship with these organizations)

-          address the usual government response “we are doing that already” (i.e. identify the gaps, and how to fill, and why; eg. Building capacity and civil society)

-          address government learning how to work within a Culture of Peace and Non-violence

-          work (by individuals) with Riding Associations and Campaign Associations, in support of our CCOPP cause

-          work within existing structures of government

-          ‘government’ includes the federal government, provincial/territorial governments, municipal governments


We have initiated a CCOPPgovernment Yahoo Group.   To subscribe, send an empty letter to  .

Bob Stewart will draft ‘A Strategy: How to Relate to Government’ for Members consideration.  (Action Item).

This topic will be the major theme of our Second Annual National Culture of Peace Symposium discussed below.  (Action Item)  The draft Strategy Paper will be pre-reading material for the Conference, and will be useful as a Marketing Document (eg. how will CCOPP serve me in government?; how will CCOPP serve my constituency?)



6.      Building the CCOPP Relationship with the Canadian Military


The discussion evolved to the CCOPP relationship with the Canadian Military.  CCOPP is fortunate to have someone who is knowledgeable working with us: “Major Thomas Rippon serves in 39 Canadian Brigade Group in Victoria . He teaches cultures of violence and peace at Camosun College and is a faculty project supervisor at Royal Roads University .”  See his article “Leadership for a Sustainable Culture of Peace: The UN Mission in East Timor” at


Tom indicated that the new Chief of Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, has been describing a strategy called ‘the three block war: peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding’.  At past Peace Education Conferences at McMaster, we have had representation from the Peace Support Training Centre of the Department of National Defence providing a mission brief on the role of the military in Peace Support Operations.  CCOPP has people, information and skills to help build capacity and civil society roles, filling gaps.  So we have a lot to talk about.  Tom will help us in this respect, and we will reconnect with Major Lindsay Reinelt ( ) and Lieutenant Colonel David Last, PhD, Registrar and Associate Professor, Politics and War Studies Royal Military College of Canada Kingston (reference ).  (Action Item)


[It is also noted that Rick Hillier is recently being quoted and/or described in the news as, “We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people”, “the coming military effort against terrorist scumbags in Afghanistan”, “seeing an Americanization of the Canadian Forces”, “Canadians need to prepare psychologically for the strong possibility some of their soldiers will be killed in a new military operation in southern Afghanistan”.  We will have a challenge  building a relationship with the Canadian Military, but ultimately we must all remember that we are in this for the same reason: to prevent Canadians and others from dying and suffering in wars and other violence.  “How?” is the question.]



7.      Second Annual National Culture of Peace Program Symposium in Canada


We discussed the following, to suggest for Members consideration (your input is invited):


Timing – between early December to the end of March 2006, when it works best for the University of Alberta Peace and Governance people and Doug Roche.  Suggested dates (1) Friday January 27 to Sunday January 29; (2) Friday March 17 to Sunday March 19; (3) Friday March 10 to Sunday March 12; (4) other.


Meta-theme – “Four Levels (federal government, provincial government, municipal government and civil society) Working Together To Build a Better Future”


Desired Outcomes – (a) An Action Plan ‘How We Can Work Together to Build a Better Future (for Canadians and Others)’; (b) Government pledges to work with civil society to build a better future, thereby advancing a Culture of Peace and Non-violence; (c) identify and fill gaps (eg. what is falling through the gaps; develop a CANADEM capacity for issues within Canada; etc.).



Friday – a structured day, with Agenda and Action Items.   The main item on the Agenda will be the Government Relationship: (a) the Government of Canada and a Department of Peace (eg. A one window point of liaison and working together on matters of a Culture of Peace and Non-violence at an individual level, family level, community level, national level and world level); (b) Provincial Governments and the provincial peace education mandate (eg. To work together on the Canadian Peace Education Strategy); (c) Municipal Governments and Mayors for Peace (building peace in our communities); (d) Civil Society and Working Together, Building Capacity to support government advancing a Culture of Peace. 


Saturday – a semi-structured day with keynote speaker (consider David Adams ), plenary session with presentations on the following five topics, followed by break out sessions (discussion and reporting).  An invitation would be extended to academics and others for papers on how your organization/program/project/idea works with/can work with a Canadian Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program.  Tom suggested a “Poster Presentation” (he will provide additional information on this – Action Item).  The five topics suggested:

i)                    Canada ’s foreign affairs, military and civil society working together (panel with a good moderator possible)

ii)                  Peace education ministries, schools and civil society working together on the Canadian Peace Education Strategy and creating a Culture of Peace and Non-violence in schools

iii)                Community violence prevention (provincial and municipal governments working with civil society; including restorative justice, community wellness, etc.; creating a Culture of Peace and Non-violence in our communities)

iv)                Interreligious dialogue (the role of religious organizations and people in working together and building a Culture of Peace and Non-violence)

v)                  Media, as part of the solution (consider IMPACS as moderator ; Media That Matters)


Sunday – an unstructured “Open Space Technology” day, consolidating the action items from Day 1 and 2.  Desired Outcome – How We Can Continue to Advance CCOPP – Revisions to Our CCOPP Action Plan.  We also hope that we will have an effect on participants’ respective Action Plans similarly.  We recognize that some participants will not be able to (or wish to) stay as long as others, and that is fine.


Pre-reading – We will post pre-reading material since we are not re-starting at ‘Ground Zero’.  This will give people new to CCOPP a chance to get up to speed.  It would include, for example, our Strategy: How to Relate to Government, and Our CCOPP Story (where we are, what we have done, our current action plan), etc..


Other – since the Mayor of Edmonton is part of the Mayors for Peace Program, he may be a good person to open the Symposium (“photo-op”).  A good logo might have representatives from the various organizations holding hands around a globe with Canada showing.


Following input from Members, Bob Stewart will write an email to Doug Roche seeking his input, followed up by a letter to Andy Knight at UofA to start the organization of the Symposium. (Action Item)



8.      Media (the CCOPP Action Item ‘Free Flow of Information’ and CPNN-Canada)


Tom provided an introduction as follows: “I am pleased to announce that CPNN-Canada website is up and running .  The guiding principles are to add value and not duplicate. I purposefully designed the website with simplicity in mind as this portrays a more peaceful perspective. Both the means and the message need to reflect a culture of peace.  There are three functions of CPNN-Canada: to provide a moderated forum for those who wish to submit articles, commensurate with UN resolutions and UNESCO’s direction; to provide a list of up-and-coming peace-related events (conferences, seminars); and, provide brief executive summaries of major writings on cultures of peace. Motivation for the latter came from many who stated that they find themselves overwhelmed with the huge volumes of literature on peace.  The success of CPNN-Canada will depend on support and input from all of you in these areas. I look forward to your comments.   In April, I applied to the federal government to incorporate CPNN-Canada as a Society; to date, the feds have not replied. I will keep you posted.”  Tom is planning to build a network of individuals in each province to support CPNN-Canada.


We talked about the prevalent philosophies that “violence sells newspapers” and “corporate media have a vested interest in the status quo”.  We talked about the difficulty of getting support from corporate media, and the lack of peace education among media people (reference ).  We talked about the growth of Alternate Media (of which CPNN is one), using Community Media (eg. Those small local weeklies that actually circulate to more people than the large dailies) and University Radio Stations, with the theme ‘to build a better future’.  Building on the successes that are happening, counteracting the ‘doom and gloom’ (but not ‘Pollyanna’).  Action Item: How to create and grow that niche?  This will be included in the topic at the upcoming Second Annual National Culture of Peace Program Symposium above.  (Other keywords: Media that Matters; Media for Social Responsibility)



9.      CCOPP Marketing Strategy


We discussed the need to develop a CCOPP Marketing Strategy, incorporating the following highlights:

-          the need to talk to different audiences in ‘different languages’.  For example, “building a better future” is apt to interest some people more than building a Culture of Peace (i.e. they may understand building a better future, where they may not understand all the connotations of the word “peace” or “culture”).

-          Identifying and building on our “power base”.  For example, we have some powerful resources in our network of knowledgeable people and organizations, information and databases to help others (“you”) to build a better future and/or help you achieve your goals and objectives

-          Tell the story of CCOPP: why people would want to get involved

-          Tap into baby boomers, Legion Members, etc. who have time, resources and interest (and a circle of influence), where people struggling with career and family may not be free

-          Our strengths are gap analysis, gap filling


Bob Stewart will draft ‘A CCOPP Marketing Strategy’  for Members consideration.  (Action Item).

Tom Rippon will give consideration to writing something on ‘a Culture of a Civil Society’ (as a subset of a Culture of Peace) .  (Action Item).

Saul Arbess will give consideration to writing something on ‘what is true security?’ (in response to a recent headline following the British bombings of a quote from a British MP that “security trumps rights”;  consider Swedish P.M. Olaf Palme’s concept of ‘common security’, and Lloyd Axworthy’s ‘human security’) .  (Action Item).



10.  World Peace Forum 2006 in Vancouver


Key upcoming dates:

June 21 – 22, 2006 in Victoria , the Second Peoples’ Summit for Departments of Peace

June 23 – 28, 2006 in Vancouver , the World Peace Forum

June 29 – July 3, 2006 in Calgary , the International Peace Research Association Conference


WPF has been in touch inviting CCOPP participation and Bob Stewart will follow up with contact with Jef Keighley, suggesting a CCOPP program (Action Item).  We would wish to highlight our successes, particularly in building relationships between and among civil society and governments (truly “We the peoples” approach).  We would speak to proceeding from the gap analysis, here is how we are addressing it, networking, clearinghouse, etc.


Through Larry Fisk, we will also seek a CCOPP presentation to IPRA 2006.  (Action Item)



11.  CCOPP Action Plan



-          we have an Initial Draft of a CCOPP Action Plan at

-          we have an initial SWOT analysis (prepared with respect to a Canadian Peace Institute that provides a good starting point and can be tailored to CCOPP) at

-          we have created a CCOPPactionplanning Group.  If anyone would like to participate in the Initiative, discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to  . You can also read past correspondence on the CCOPPactionplanning web site, once registered. Join us on the email listserver for the next round of discussion on planning to build the Canadian Culture of Peace Program through action.

-          “An Inventory of Peace Things To Do” is proposed at  .


We are all eager to see Action Items and successes.  It is now emerging that we need a Group to take this foundational work and develop it into a Higher Level Action Plan, with priorities, time lines and committed people resources (it may be envisaged that this might look like a typical engineering ‘Project Management PERT Graph’).  We need to broaden the group(s), revise the Action Plan to the next level, in preparation for the Second Annual National Culture of Peace Program Symposium.  The Action Planning will be an organic process (i.e. receiving suggestions from nodes and feeding back to nodes, node-specific planning and CCOPP organizational planning, etc.; items will be dropped if no people are interested, added if they are).  Bob Stewart will facilitate the Action Planning initiative until another facilitator steps forward.   (Action Item)


All members should seek people who would like to “champion” the various nodes of CCOPP activity.  (Action Item)



12.  CCOPP Governance


We observed that developing the CCOPP Governance is not an obstacle currently, and is an organic process (“let it evolve”).  The following are considerations:

-          a ‘Co-operative’ type organization may fit better than a typical ‘Corporate’ or ‘Partnership’ style

-          ‘Co-Chairs’ to spread the responsibilities

-          ‘Servant Leadership’ and/or ‘Stewardship’ style

-          Seek consensus: (a) full consensus/any objections to this action?  Do we have consensus?  If objections, then how to deal with objections; how resolve/transform; (b) not blocking – is your objection strong enough to block consensus?; how resolve/transform; (c) is the decision according to the values of the Culture of Peace Program?  People meet in subgroups to try to resolve, report to the whole.  We do not imagine that we would have serious splits often, particularly since most of our issues relate to process rather than dilemma specifics.


While not urgent, Bob Stewart will draft ‘A CCOPP Governance Strategy’ for Members consideration.  (Action Item).



13.  Other


-          the web sites are up an running at and

-          the nucleus of a Canadian Peace Speakers Bureau has been initiated at

-          Shall Sinha will be leading a group of approximately 15 on an “In Gandhi’s Footsteps” Tour of India December 24 to January 14 (or part thereof), designed to connect with the IPRA Asia-Pacific Peace Research Conference (reference )



14.  Action Summary


Bob Stewart

a) draft the next version of the “CCOPP Story” for Members consideration

b) draft ‘A Strategy: How to Relate to Government’ for Members consideration

c) Following input from Members, write an email to Doug Roche seeking his input, followed up by a letter to Andy Knight at UofA to start the organization of the Symposium.

d) draft ‘A CCOPP Marketing Strategy’  for Members consideration

e) follow up with contact with Jef Keighley, to develop a CCOPP program at the World Peace Forum

f) facilitate the Action Planning initiative until another facilitator steps forward

g) draft ‘A CCOPP Governance Strategy’ for Members consideration

h) invite Canadian Universities, Colleges and other institutions to join the CCOPP Stakeholder Web/Network

i) organize the Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada November 24 – 28, 2005 at McMaster University to advance the Canadian Peace Education Strategy, develop the theme “Peace Pedagogy: Educating Educators to Teach Peace”, and fill the gaps in Canadian Peace Education (reference )

j) organize the Second Annual Leadership, Governance and Peace Workshop November 21 – 23, 2005 at McMaster University (reference )

k) represent CCOPP at the upcoming Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Conference July 19 – 21, 2005 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, with the theme “From Reaction to Prevention: Civil Society Forging Partnerships to Prevent Violent Conflict and Build Peace”.  1,000 participants from around the world are expected, and Bob is a member of the Conflict Resolution Education Working Group at this Global Conference.  (reference ).  Bob will be distributing 1,000 copies of the laminated chart copied below, advertising the CCOPP web site.

l) represent CCOPP at the upcoming Second Annual Conference on Conflict Resolution Education September 28 – October 1, 2005 in Columbus , Ohio .  Bob is leading a six hour workshop “Developing Leadership Skills in the Field of Conflict Resolution Education”.  (reference )  Bob is also a Member  of the Advisory Committee for the newly forming International Center for Conflict Resolution in Education (ICCRE).


Tom Rippon

a) help with strategy to build a relationship with the Canadian military, include reconnecting with Major Lindsay Reinelt ( ) and Lieutenant Colonel David Last, PhD, Registrar and Associate Professor, Politics and War Studies Royal Military College of Canada Kingston (reference ).

b) Consider a CCOPP Media Strategy: How to create and grow that niche?  This will be included in the topic at the upcoming Second Annual National Culture of Peace Program Symposium.

give consideration to writing something on ‘a Culture of a Civil Society’ (as a subset of a Culture of Peace)

c) information on a “Poster Presentation” for the CCOPP Symposium (and the IPRA 2006 Conference)


Saul Arbess

a) give consideration to writing something on ‘what is true security?’

b) research the existence of a Canadian Environmental or Ecological Strategy

c) consider “Open Spacing” the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative in early November, including development of a “protocol” or guidelines


Larry Fisk and Bob Stewart

a) seek the opportunity to do a CCOPP presentation to IPRA 2006



a) seek/identify people who would like to “champion” the various nodes of CCOPP activity; invite participation by interested parties (particularly for the Resource Raising Group)

b) Tex should look into potential funding sources to attend the Brisbane conference and CCOPP will help however possible

c) review all of the above and provide input, feedback, suggestions

d) promote Culture of Peace Programs and Conferences in each Province

e) if you can help or wish to facilitate any of the above action items, please let us know



15.    Next Meeting


We will canvas Members about a one day meeting in September or October 2005 in Edmonton , hoping to connect with a time convenient to Doug Roche and Andy Knight.  We will wish to advance our plans for the Second Annual National Culture of Peace Program Symposium in particular.  Target dates may be one of (a) between Friday September 23 to Monday September 26; (b) between Friday October 7 to Monday October 10 (however that is Thanksgiving Day); (c) between Friday October 14 to Monday October 17; (d) other?








Working Group for a Federal Department of Peace

June 2005 Update



Greetings: We wish to update all of our supporters on developments toward our goal of a Federal Minister of Peace. This covers the period September, 2004  through June, 2005.  Thanks to all those who have contributed to our work. Submitted by Saul Arbess, Spokesperson


September – December, 2004

Presented/discussed our proposal at peace - related events, including:

Simon Fraser University Peace Education Conference, Oct 1-3;

World Peace Forum(to be held June 2006) planning meetings, Vancouver, Oct .17 and Nov.26/27with a proposal made for a presentation on ministers of peace worldwide;

The Canadian Peace Alliance AGM, Nov 5-7, Toronto;

Symposium on Implementing a Culture of Peace in Canada, Nov 21-23, McMaster U., where our project became a principal objective of the new organization, the Canadian Culture of Peace Program(CCOPP);


January  - June, 2005

Discussion of our proposal by the NDP International Affairs Committee with agreement to receive a further submission to respond to the committee’s critique and seeking endorsements from all political parties;

Presentation at  the Nonviolent Peaceforce  Canada’s International Consultation on an unarmed Civilian Peace Service for Canada which would come under a Minister of Peace;

Publication of an article on our proposal in the Canadian Voice of Women Newsletter, “Voices” and a request for an article from Conscience Canada;

Pursuing additional endorsements and the formation of local working groups across Canada;

Hosted  a Festival of Peace in Victoria, June 10-12, which featured a talk on global peace initiatives by Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, an update of our work, and poetry, music, a peace prayer flag-making workshop, and the launch of a book of poems entitled, Searching for Peace, as a fundraiser. The Festival culminated in a concert by the Getting’ Higher Choir. 1000 people attended  some part of the overall event;

Creation of a Department of Peace listserv at:

Please go to the listserv to join in the on-line discussion of our project and respond to the questions raised there as well as to make your own comments on our project;

Designated as the Working Group for Governmental Initiatives in the World Peace Forum Planning process  with responsibility to plan activities and speakers around this theme;

Publication of a major article in the Victoria Times-Colonist, June18, 2005, calling for a Minister of Peace;

We have, to date, received supporting grants from the Somerset Foundation B.C.$5000) and the Franz Blumenfeld Fund($600)

Co-sponsor  of the First Annual People’s Summit for Departments of Peace, Oct. 18, 19, 2005, in London, UK

Agreement with Richard Skinner, President, Royal Roads U. and Budd Hall, Dean of Education, U. of Victoria, to convene a Strategy Seminar for Creating Ministers of Peace, June 21,22, 2006, at Royal Roads University to be designated the Second Annual Summit for Departments of Peace.