International Day of Peace

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Hamilton ON

For Immediate Release

International Day of Peace, Sunday September 21th 2014

Hamilton City Hall Peace Garden by the Peace Pole

Culture of Peace Hamilton invites you to join us in celebrating peace and embracing live-affirming pathways of living that help to build a local and global culture of peace


Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch in the Garden @ 1:00  It will be followed by a ceremony from 1:30 to 2:30 which includes:


  • Drumming
  • Welcome by Culture of Peace member Rev. Cynthia Vermillion-Foster
  • Collective Reading of the UN Declaration of the Right of Peoples to Peace
  • A Puppet Show directed by Melanie Skein
  • Reading of 6 Pathways (by children)
  • Moment of Silence
  • Singing of Peace Is In Your Hands: an original song created by a Hamiltonian


Media Contact:

Gail Rapport (905) 527-0470

Ray Cunnington (905) 628-4976

173 Dundurn Street South,Hamilton, ON. L8P 4K5


Background Culture of Peace:

Culture of Peace Hamilton is an offshoot of United Nations Canada. For over a decade it has supported initiatives to reduce violence and oppression.


When Hamilton was hit by a wave of vandalism following the 9/11 attack on New York, we proposed a plan to protect immigrants and vulnerable minorities from hate crimes.  After much effort we obtained a federal grant of $120,000 over three years, to launch the Citizen Protection Project.  Although the initiative received additional support from the community, and from the City and Police, it was unable to attract sustaining funds.


From the beginning we have participated and supported the activities of many other groups. We have also attempted to raise money through Hamilton Peace Dollars. We have been active in the development of a new Peace Garden at City Hall.  At our own expense we have conducted preliminary research into the positive values that individuals and social justice groups contribute to a Culture of Peace in Hamilton.


Recently we brought these ideas to the attention of a city-wide audience when we celebrated the first decade of a Culture of Peace with a new song, a new logo, and a strong endorsement for us to continue our work.


Participate in our meetings. Support local events such as the Gandhi Festival, Earth Day, UN International Day of Peace and Martin Luther King Day.


Our planning meetings are held roughly once a month. As the times are irregular, please call ahead:

Ray (905) 628-4976 or Gail (905) 527-0470


Links to Others Organizations:

Department of Peace Hamilton

United Nations Association in Canada, Hamilton Branch

World Report on Culture of Peace

Manifesto 2000 – United Nations Association of Canada