Peace and Disarmament

Back to listFeb 18, 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Shows in Edmonton, Canada

From January 31 through February 8, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition appealing for a culture of peace centered on nonviolence and tolerance, was on display at Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Alberta State, Canada. The exhibition, shown for the first time in Canada, was part of the university's "Global College Week (January 31-February 4)," an annual event to raise awareness and responsibility for today's global issues. SGI organized and created the exhibition, which portrays the potential of ordinary individuals to contribute to peace. Illustrating the importance of building a culture of peace at all levels and across geopolitical lines, the show highlights the work of a dozen people famous for their role in conflict resolution, while showcasing the artwork and essays of children, destined to inherit this task. Launched in August 2003, the exhibition traveled to various venues in the USA, including the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C., as well as venues in Spain and Switzerland.

On January 31, Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace Chair Prem Kalia and representatives of the Alberta State Council and Edmonton City Council attended the opening. Grant MacEwan College President Dr. Paul Byrne stated that the exhibition supports the important task of promoting intercultural communication and mutual support and understanding among people. On the occasion, commemorating the SGI's 30th anniversary, Edmonton City Council commended the members of the SGI and its president, Daisaku Ikeda, for their tireless efforts to advance peace, culture and education.