The Canadian Peace Initiative envisions a federal department and senior minister of peace to act as a leader, supporting civil society involvement. We are seeking $25,000 to give us the resources to broaden our outreach with a strong social media presence that brings us to the forefront of the national discourse on a positive future for Canada in the world and gives voice to all of us who want to see more humane, peaceful and sharing societies everywhere.
We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path ... we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle ... to a positive contest to harness humanity’s creative genius for the purpose of making peace.
Dr. Martin Luther King
Who We Are
We are a non-partisan, not- for- profit grassroots movement working to establish a federal Department of Peace. Our Board is made up of individuals from across Canada working within their communities, with municiple councils, cities and peace groups. The project managers of this crowdfunding effort are Theresa Dunn, mediator/negotiator, Saul Arbess co-founder of the Canadian Peace Initiative and retired professor in anthropology and Penny Joy filmmaker. We are members of the Canadian Peace Initiative.
Our Campaign Objectives
The mandate of the Canadian Peace Initiative is stated on our website:departmentofpeace.ca. Our goals are nonviolent(non-killing) conflict resolution and establishing a culture of peace as a Canadian reality. There are five main principles:eliminate nuclear weapons and increase disarmament, develop and promote peace education,engage women and indigenous peoples in decisions, implement a civilian peace force, and implement the values of peacebuilding and restorative justice in domestic issues.
The goal of the crowdfunding is to raise monies to support a communication strategy through social media to spread the message of Peace as a Canadian principle and political value to a critical number of Canadians. We will use the funds to develop our social media presence and create educational resources for individuals and groups.
Gift item from 'The Gun Sculpture'
'Flower Burst' by William Allister - the lottery gift
Where and why
The goals of the Canadian Peace Initiative touch all corners of this great country. Everywhere people hope to live a healthy life, free of violence, with their needs met. Conflicts, when they arise, whether regional, federal or global, can be resolved by peaceful means. However, many policies of our national and global leadership do not support this approach. It is time to actualize the human right to peace, regardless of culture, faith, gender or class. It is time to commit to each person in Canada and abroad the intent of helping people live long and full lives free from exploitation and violence.
Since 2004, when the Canadian Peace Initiative was first conceived by 8 visionaries, we have engaged people from all walks of life, Members of Parliament, activists and academics. We have inspired books and movies published with the theme of a Department of Peace . We have engaged Members of Parliament to submit a Bill to Establish a Department of Peace (see Bill C-373).
Crowdfunding is our first national fundraising effort. On March 4th, we will launch a video highlighting our desire for a Department of Peace and a return to Canada's peacebuilding role. Over the following 6 weeks we hope that everyone who views the video will share it with others and get the word out. We hope that by sharing this ideal we will take a step to be a leader in change and inspire politicians to guide us in this renewed political agenda during the proposed 2015 federal election.
Donations will allow us to sufficiently build a social media and communication presence that all Canadians can access and know they have a choice and a way to making a difference.
Now is the time for Canada to Establish a Department of Peace
'The Visit' print by Colleen Gray