Contacts

Contact: Peter Stockdale, drpeterstockdale@gmail.com, 613-852-4527; Qais Ghanem, qaisghanem2@gmail.com, 613-265-4654; or Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CPI), or event contacts shown below. — See Festival Archive and History — E-mail corrections to OttawaPeaceFestival@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ottawa Peace Festival 2017

11th annual — Updated: 19 September 2017
Festival de la Paix à Ottawa 2017















Exhibit and Film Festival
September 2 to October 2, 2017
Peace Film Festival — 5 anti-war, indigenous peace, justice films followed by discussion, on 5 Saturday evenings — 7 pm to 10 pm — All 5 films shown at: University of Ottawa, Montpetit Hall (MNT, Room 201) — (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Michael Goguen, michael.goguen@gmail.com) — FacebookFilm list — Photos — Map
  1. September 2 — “Origins — Our Roots. Our Planet. Our Future.”
  2. September 9 — “Daughter of the Maya” – Nobel Peace Laureate Initiative
  3. September 16 — “Kanehsatake
  4. September 30 — “Under the Same Sun
Saturday, September 2, 2017
7:00 pm to 10 pm — Film Festival #1 — “Origins — Our Roots. Our Planet. Our Future.” This is a movie that explores how people in modern times can balance living in a technological worlds and respecting our biological, cultural, and human needs —  Montpetit Hall, MNT Room 201, 125 University, University of Ottawa — (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Michael Goguen, michael.goguen@gmail.com) — FacebookFilm list — Photos — 7 — Map — Briefs
Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:00 pm to 10 pm — Film Festival #2 — "Rigoberta Menchu: Daughter of the Maya” — The story of an unlikely hero, a poor peasant Maya girl living in a remote section of Guatemala, that survived a genocide and became a voice for her people across the world. “Daughter of the Maya” shares the story of 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu – Montpetit Hall, MNT Room 201, 125 University, University of Ottawa — (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Michael Goguen, michael.goguen@gmail.com) — FacebookFilm list — Photos — 14 — Map — Briefs
Saturday, September 16, 2017  
7:00 pm to 10 pm — Film Festival #3 — “Kanehsatake”— On a hot July day in 1990, an historic confrontation propelled Indigenous issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Québec, into the international spotlight and into the Canadian conscience. Director Alanis Obomsawin endured 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Québec police and the Canadian army — Montpetit Hall, MNT Room 201, 125 University street, University of Ottawa — (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Michael Goguen, michael.goguen@gmail.com) — FacebookFilm list — Photos — 14 — Map — Brief 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
7:00 pm to 10 pm — Film Festival #4 — "Under the Same Sun” (2015) Karim Jamal accidentally falls into the hands of a group of Hindu and Muslim village children near the border of India and Pakistan and discovers the true meaning of brotherhood and compassion — Montpetit Hall, MNT Room 201, 125 University, University of Ottawa (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Michael Goguen, michael.goguen@gmail.com) — FacebookFilm list  — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
Peace Events
Proclamations, Panels, Awards, Arts
Pre-Festival Events
Thursday, September 14, 2017
12 noon to 1 pm — "Friendship Potluck Luncheon" — “A Study of State-Led Peacebuilding in Kenya” — Nyambura Githaiga, PhD (uOttawa) Kenya has a history of recurring and escalating localized violent conflict. Civil society and religious institutions have responded in peace-building, and since 2001 the state has had a growing peace-building role. — St. Paul University, Room G102 — (Vern Neufeld Redekop, PhD, vredekop@ustpaul.ca) — Facebook — Photos — 22— Map — Parking — Briefs
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm — “Letters Project: Post-Genocide Restorative Justice in Rwanda” — Delphine Furaha (Fine), Prison Chaplain, Rwanda with Dr. Pierre Allard, former Assistant Commissioner, Canadian Penitentiary Service and President, The Letters Project delivered over 400 letters to genocide victim-survivors written by perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide, which resulted in hundreds of meetings between victims and génocidaires in prison. — St. Paul University, Room G102, 223 Main Street (north-side campus) — Presentation in French — (Vern Neufeld Redekop, vredekop@ustpaul.ca) — Facebook — Photos — Attendance — Map — Parking — Briefs
Thursday, September 21, 2016
UN International Day of Peace
12 noon to 1 pm — "InnerSpace" & Peace Day City of Ottawa Proclamation – Mindfulness to Peace – Jon Cabot-Zinn leads "mass community mindfulness meditation" at the Centennial Flame, Parliament Hill with Lululemon (Scheherzade van Aarle, scheherzade.vanaarle@gmail.com, InnerSpace Mindfulness/Meditation) — Facebook — Poster — Photos — Attendance — Map— Parking — Briefs
Friday, September 22, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm — "Ottawa-Gatineau P.E.A.C.E. Meditation Project (2018)” — presentation by Daniel Mauro — Saint Paul University, Amphitheatre, Guigues Hall, Room 1124, 223 Main Street (north-side campus) — (Daniel Mauro, OttawaPeaceProject@cgocable.ca) — Facebook — Poster — Photos — Attendance — Map — Parking — Briefs
 7:30 pm to 10 pmThe Group of 78 Policy Conference: "Getting to Nuclear Zero: Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World," followed by Q & A. — Keynote speaker: Tariq Rauf, specializing in nuclear weapons policy since 1986. — Cartier Place Hotel, 180 Cooper — (Robin Collins, robincol@gmail.com, group78.org) —  Program, Registration — RSVP: $10 —  Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm — “Peace Arts Night" — An evening with guitarist Jason Bailey; guitar, KG – poet; and Alberto Agraso, visual artist. At: First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave — (Arts Night/ Joycelyn Loeffelholz-Rea joycelynloeffelholzrea@gmail.com) — FacebookProgram — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
Saturday, September 23, 2017
11 noon to 12:30 pm — “Friends of the Ottawa Riverbank Greenup: Peace of Green” — River cleanup at Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John at MacDonald Pky — Free lunch — (National Capital Peace Council of UPF/ Daniel Stringer, 613-218-1431, thestring@rogers.com) — Facebook — Photos— Attendance — Map — Briefs
2:00 pm to 4 pm — “Multicultural Mindfulness Meditation for PeaceDay 1 of 2 — First of 2 days of friendship, dance, speakers, meditation, qi gong and yoga. Part of a Sri Lankan peace initiative. — Speakers: (1) Buddhist Monk Bhante Kovida, and (2) Col. (ret’d) Paul Maillet — Paul Maillet Center for Ethics (PMCFE)/ — Ottawa Central Library (Main), Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe — Facebook — Poster — Photos — Attendance — Map — Parking — Briefs
12 noon to 4 pm — “Kids Love Peace” — Kindness and friendship, music and dancing, yoga, painting, biking, sports, arts and crafts, mindfulness. — At: Sandalwood Park, 2850 Sandalwood Drive. — (Lindsey Barr, 613-619-1907, worldchangingkids@gmail.com) — Poster — Facebook — News — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:00 pm to 4 pm —“Multicultural Mindfulness Retreat and Social for PeaceDay 2 of 2 — Second day of friendship, dance, speakers meditation, qi gong and yoga. Part of a Sri Lankan peace initiative. Speaker: Buddhist monk Bhante Kovida. — For info contact Paul Maillet Center for Ethics (PMCFE)/ Paul Maillet, pmaillet@magma.ca, 613-866- 2503). — McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy St off Bronson Avenue — Facebook — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
7:30 pm to 10 pm — "150 Canadian Stories of Peace"  In recognition of Canada’s 150th year of Confederation and contributions to peace of its residents, 150 stories have been collected from individual Canadians for a book on their unique ways of building peace in themselves, their homes, their communities and beyond. A selection will be read. — At: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe and Laurier — (Walk for Peace/ Mony Dojeiji monyandalberto@walkingforpeace.com) — AnnouncementFacebookWebsite — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs

Monday, September 25, 2017
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm — "Does Diversity Lead to Peace or to Conflict" — At: Ottawa City Hall, Richmond Room Panel Discussion with active audience participation. Canada's Speakers: Roman Mukerjee, Tarun Kumar, Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Concordia University,  Moderator: Qais Ghanem, Speakers: Roman Mukerjee, Tarun Kumar, Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Concordia University, (Dialogue with Diversity/ Qais Ghanem qghanem2@gmail.com) — Facebook — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:30 am to 9:00 am — Breakfast Seminar Series: “Dialogues for Peace: How Inheritors of Trauma Can Be Leaders for Change" by Dr. Gita Baack — At: Newport Restaurant, 322 Churchill Ave N (former Donna's Express Café ) (corner of Scott St, 1 block SW of Westboro Rapid Transit Station). Free breakfast. — (National Capital Peace Council/ Daniel Stringer, 613-218-1431, thestring@rogers.com) — Facebook — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
Mercredi 27 septembre au vendredi 29 septembre, 2017
11h à 15h – Forêt de Paix (venez écrire ou dessiner des messages de paix et les placés dans la “forêt”) – Université d’Ottawa – Place université, 120 privé Université – program@uottawa.ca, 613-562-5800 poste 4424
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
11:00 am to 3 pmPeace Forest and Noon Meditation/Discussions (come, write or draw peace messages and place in the “forest”) 12 noon to 1 pm — Toning for Stress Reduction (Daniel Mauro) – At: Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Ottawa,  University Place, 120 University Private – program@uottawa.ca, 613-562-5800 ext: 4424  — Facebook — Poster — Map — Parking
Thursday, September 28, 2017
11:00 am to 3 pmPeace Forest and Noon Meditation/Discussions (come, write or draw peace messages and place in the “forest”) — 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm — “Conversation on the Ottawa Peace Project” (Daniel Mauro & Crystale Boisvert) – At: Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Ottawa, University Place, 120 University Private – program@uottawa.ca, 613-562-5800 ext: 4424 — Facebook — Poster — Map — Parking
7:00 pm to 10 pmHeart of Light with Bradfield — Concert for Hope, Healing, Peace and Reconciliation, including songs by Bradfield and witness testimonials on peace. — By Bradfield and the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR). — At: Saint Paul University, Mazenod Chapel, LaFramboise Building, Second floor, 223 Main Street — (Contacts: Stephane Vezina, svg745@hotmail.com and Iman Ibrahim, 613-235-5800, iman.ibrahim@cicr-icrc.ca) — Facebook — PosterMap — ParkingTickets: $30 in advance ( heart_of_light.eventbrite.ca ) or $40 at the door.
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:45 am to 2:30 pm — "Youth for Nuclear Disarmament Day" — Multi-school Model UN debate on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, followed by small-group discussions on nuclear disarmament — Ottawa City Hall, Champlain Room, Heritage Building, 110 Laurier Ave W.— (SGI Canada, Glenn Turner, glennturner.ca@gmail.com, and Councillor Catherine McKenney's office) — WebsiteMap — Parking
11:00 am to 3 pmPeace Forest and Noon Meditation/Discussions (come, write or draw peace messages and place in the “forest”) — 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm —“Guided meditations” (Crystale Boivert) – At: University of Ottawa – University Place, 120 University Private – program@uottawa.ca, 613-562-5800 ext: 4424 — Facebook — Poster — Map — Parking
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:30 am to 4:30 pm — “Circle of All Nations 19th Annual Peace Event - William Commanda Legacy: Indigenous Wisdom, Environmental Stewardship, Social Justice, Racial Harmony and Peace Building” — Workshop presentations honouring Donald Marshall Jr. and focus on Indigenous restorative justice: NFB Doc Ojigkwanong; Indigenous Justice, Corrections and Policing, Marshall Inquiry, Treaty Rights, American Eel, and Donald Marshall Sr. Cultural Camp Documentary; Circle of All Nations Art Panels (+ Victoria Island), Story of the Beothuks and Canoe Art — circleofallnations@sympatico.ca — J.K.Wyllie Boardroom, 233 Gilmour St, Ottawa — Poster — Facebook — News — Photos — Attendance — MapBriefs
12 noon to 4:00 pm — “Kids Love Peace” — Kindness and friendship, music and dancing, yoga, painting, biking, sports, arts and crafts, mindfulness. — At: Fairlea Park, 2989 Fairlea Crescent — (Lindsey Barr, 613-619-1907, worldchangingkids@gmail.com) — PosterFacebook — News — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs
7:00 pm to 10 pm — Film Festival #4 — "Under the Same Sun” (2015) Karim Jamal accidentally falls into the hands of a group of Hindu and Muslim village children near the border of India and Pakistan and discovers the true meaning of brotherhood and compassion — Peter Stockdale, drpeterstockdale@gmail.com — Montpetit Hall, MNT Room 201, University of Ottawa — (uOttawa Cinema Academica, Michael Goguen, michael.goguen@gmail.com) — FacebookFilm list — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs

Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 am to 4:30 pm — “Circle of All Nations 19th Annual Peace Event - Grandfather William Commanda Documentaries”:  11 am The Awakening;  1 pm “Le Portage des Sagesses” 3 pm “Good Enough For Two”, (each followed by circle discussion) – Come and Go, or Have a Commanda Crash Course to Peace — circleofallnations@sympatico.ca — J.K.Wyllie Boardroom, 233 Gilmour St, Ottawa —PosterFacebook — News — Photos — Attendance — Map  — Briefs
  • 2:00 pm — Garlanding at the statue;
  • 2:30 to 3 pm — Short cultural program;
  • 3:00 to 4 pm — Lecture + q/a - "Samadarshana and samabhava: Gandhi on the plurality of religions" —  Speaker: Dr. Bindu Puri (JNU, New Delhi, India);  
  • 4:30 pm: — Reception — 
At: Gandhi Statue; Lecture Theatre, Richcraft Hall, (former River Building), Carleton University — (MGPC/ Mayurika Chakravorty mayurika.chakravorty@carleton.ca) — PosterFacebook — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs

Monday, October 2, 2017
 — UN International Day of Nonviolence
7:00 pm to 10 pm — “Empowering People to Solve Conflict in OttawaOttawa Multicultural Vision Circle, and Fairlea Community Association work with other members of Fairlea Park Housing Co-op to resolve deep conflict. Former resident, Josh Hawley, of Co-op Homes Action Network, provides Ontario level context. — At: allsaints Event Space, 10 Blackburn Avenue (at Laurier) chapel downstairs, — (Tito Medina, titomedinamusic@yahoo.ca) — Facebook — Photos — Attendance — Map — Briefs



  1. Awakening Ottawa, by Daniel Mauro, Tone Magazine, August 11, 2017
  2. Ottawa Peace Festival with Cinema Academica - Origins, Meetup.com, Aug 25, 2017
  3. International Peace Day Events, map 
  4. Lots of action at Ottawa Peace Festival, Ottawa Family Living 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ottawa Peace Festival 2016

Festival de la Paix à Ottawa 2016

10th annual — Updated: 5 October 2016
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Exhibit and Film Festival

September 1 to 30, 2016
September 10 to October 1, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016


Peace Events
Proclamations, Panels, Awards, Arts

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
        — UN International Day of Peace

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm — Workshop: "Spiritpainting for Peace," (Registration is FULL). — (Jen Jones: 613- 266-8063, jenniferjones2828@yahoo.com, spiritpainting.com, www.jenjonescounselling.com) — Poster17 Photos — Attendance 7 Map — Briefs
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm"Internet and Middle East Conflicts: Secdev and Salamatech Syria," panel discussion — At: Ottawa Public Library, Main branch, Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe and Laurier — (Canadian International Council, National Capital Branch, CIC NCB Middle East Study Group and Secdev Foundation: George Jacoby, 613-851-6219, georgejacoby@rogers.com) — Poster — Program — 17 Photos — Attendance 32 — Map — Briefs
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    1. George Jacoby, Chair, Middle East Study Group.
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  • 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm"Peace Arts Night," An evening with literary writer Mark Frutkin, visual artist Janet Agulnik, and poet Evelyn Voigt with musician Marie Rakos — At: First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave (Arts Night/ Joycelyn Loeffelholz-Rea joycelynloeffelholzrea@gmail.com) — Facebook/ Poster — Program — 43 Photos — Attendance 60 — Map — Briefs
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016
       — UN International Day of Nonviolence
  • 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm"Annual M.K. Gandhi Lecture on Peace and Humanities" — At: River Building, Carleton University, Gandhi Statue and Room 2200 — (MGPC/ Mayurika Chakravorty mayurika.chakravorty@carleton.ca) — Poster — 110 Photos — Attendance 150 — Map — Briefs
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    2:00 pm — Garlanding Gandhi Statue, outside
    2:30 pm — "Ahimsa: A Way of Life; A Path to Peace." lecture by Professor Hope K. Fitz,
    Eastern Connecticut State University, River Building, Room 2200

    4:00 pm — Musical Recitation, and Reception
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Festival Promotion Online
  1. 2016 May 8 — Ottawa Peace Elders on Rogers TV — Video + program summary
  2. Facebook — uOttawa Cinema Academica
  3. Facebook — #ottawapeacefestival — Setting up the exhibit at the Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa!!!
  4. 2016 Sept. — What's Happening This Weekend: Sept 21-Oct. 2, Ottawa East News, page 30.
  5. 2016 Sept. 1 —  Ottawa Peace Festival 2016, Ottawa Start, 1 September 2016. 
  6. CICR – Ottawa Peace Festival 2016, September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm, Lebanese in Ottawa,
  7. "Ottawa's community spirit showcased in Ottawa Peace Festival," Newsstagger.
  8. "Ottawa’s Community Spirit Showcased In Ottawa Peace Festival," Trend Portal News.
  9. "Ottawastart's Weekly Event Roundup: August 28-September 3," MyUniforms.com
  10. 2016 Sept. —  "The 10th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival 2016," Tone Magazine, pages 4, 5, 6, 7.
  11. 2016 Sept. —  "Ottawa Peace Festival: Peace - a Matter of Consciousness," Ottawa Public Library
  12. 2016 Sept — Peacetech and the Syrian Conflict: What Canadians Are Doing, CIC National Capital
  13. 2016 Sept. — Current Events, September 2016, RenfrewToday, 96.1 Radio;
  14. Gandhi Foundation Links
  15. 2016 Sept — Next Monthly Pastoral Newsletter, not posted, St. Paul's Eastern United Church.
  16. 2016 Sept. 3 — "Full interview with Mony Dojeiji on the Ottawa peace festival," OLA News, YouTube (1 min.).
  17. "Building Peace through Friendship“, All Events In Ottawa
  18. 2016 Sept. 5 — "Sri Lankan organization to discuss 'Building Peace Through Friendship' at 2016 Ottawa Peace Festival," ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
  19. 2016 Sept. 10 — Sept. 26: Ottawa Peace Festival - Gender Based Violence, by Dr Qais Ghanem, Unpublished Ottawa. 
  20. 10th Ottawa Peace Festival, Events in Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen online. 
  21. 2016 Sept 12 — MirichMasala Mix, with Hunsdeep, CHIN FM 97.9, 6-7 pm.
  22. Sept 13 — Peacetech and the Syrian Conflict: New Report By The British Council, Project SalamaTech 
  23. Sept — PeaceTech and the Syrian Conflict: What Canadians Are Doing, Wherevent  
  24. 2016 Sept. 15 — CityFolk, ribfest, homecoming and tall ships: What to do this weekend, by Kirstin E. Endemann, Ottawa Citizen.
  25. 2016 Sept. 15 — Sept. 21-Oct. 1, What's Happening This Week, East Ottawa News, 15 September 2016, page 34.
  26. 2015 Sept. 16 — Ottawa Peace Festival, A Luta Continua, CKCU FM 93.1 — Iman Ibrahim interviewed by Dr. Qais Ghanem, 9-9:30 am. Interview starts at minute 5:30.
  27. 2015 Sept. 16 — Peter Stockdale interviewed by Lindsey Barr founder of World-Changing Kids (WCK), and Metroland journalist projects coverage in Ottawa-South, Wellington, Nepean, ... 
  28. 2016 Sept 18 — St. Joe’s Weekend Bulletin, St. Joseph's Parish  & Sanctuary, Ottawa, page 4.
  29. 2016 Sept. 19 — New kids festival coming to Heatherington, Fairlea to break down barriers, MetroNews Canada.
  30. 2016 Sept. 20 — Fairs, Animation and Oktoberfest: What to do this week, by  Kirstin E. Endemann, Ottawa Citizen -- It's also the UN International Day of Peace ...
  31. 2016 Sept. 22 — "Annual Ottawa Peace Festival," Our Town, Ottawa Citizen, page C6 
  32. 2016 Sept 21 —  "Click Here", CHUO FM 89.1, Mitchell Caplan radio show. 
  33. 2016 Sept 21 — PeaceTech and the Syrian Conflict: What Canadians Are Doing, The SecDev Foundation.
  34. Everything You Treasure: For a world free from nuclear weapons – Sept 29, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Community Updates, Events & Opportunities, Tobi Talks: Monthly musings from City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum.