By Colleen Ring
We had a beautiful Peace Day Celebration and “launch” of the Edmonton Peace Festival at City Hall. Amazing presentations by Indigenous Elder Taz Bouchier, Nina Delling-the United Nations Association in Canada, Edmonton Branch, Heather McPherson-Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, Colleen Ring-The Edmonton Peace Festival, City Councillor Mike Nickel and Jesse Lipscombe: anti-racism activist and co-founder of #MakeItAwkward Campaign. Uplifting performances by Belmead School Choir, Coronation School Choir and singer Roya Yazdanmehr. We had 150 people join in our celebration for peace.
On September 21 we also “opened” a display of peace poles at Edmonton’s City Hall. This art installation was on display throughout the 12 days of the Peace Festival, up until Oct. 2.
The Edmonton Peace Pole Project is a joint initiative of The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, Inner City Youth Development Association and the iHuman Youth Society. The young artists who have created these poles are served by these inner city agencies.
The images shared on these Edmonton peace poles are all the more poignant and profound as they come from hearts which have known little peace, young artists living on the fringes of a world which has rarely shown them peace. The hopes of these youth for a world of peace and justice connects with each viewer at a point where all differences are peeled away and unity around our common longing for peace becomes the point.
One of the goals of this project is to eventually see peace poles displayed in locations throughout Edmonton. As these poles with their messages, intentions and hopes for peace are shared they will contribute to creating cultures of peace throughout our city.
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Photo Credit: Colleen Ring