An inaugural week-long event to recognize the International Day of Peace was launched Thursday at The Forks.
Peace Days begins on Sunday, September 15 (International Day of Democracy) and aims to develop a firm commitment towards creating and expanding the culture of peace and compassion in the city of Winnipeg and throughout the province of Manitoba. Peace Days will conclude on September 21 — the official International Day of Peace.
The public events making up the week include music, dance, meditation, film, renowned speakers and concerts.
Canadian singer-songwriter Sierra Noble offered up a taste of what to expect during the media launch held on the path of Mahatma Gandhi Way.
“It’s important to think globally and act locally to foster a spirit of peace and understanding through events like Peace Days, which should be celebrated as a novel approach to making our world a better place,” said Christine Melnick, Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism.
Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. and former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer provided a video message as part of the launch.
A full listing of Peace Days events can be found at PeaceDays.ca.