Peace and Disarmament
SGI-Canada Members Join Peace Pole Event in Calgary
On September 20, 2009, SGI-Canada members from the Calgary area joined with a host of other groups and organizations to celebrate a collective statement for peace in the heart of Calgary's Peace Park. The event included representation from 16 nongovernmental organizations, 15 cultural groups, 15 faith-based groups and denominations, 4 foundations, 6 peace groups and many individuals.
The day began with a well-attended "Peace Walk" through Prince's Island Park in Calgary. The unveiling of the Calgary Peace Pole followed, with remarks from provincial and municipal government representatives as well as Peace Pole Committee members.
The event was the culmination of two years of united efforts to have a Peace Pole erected in Calgary, adding to the 250,000 Peace Poles currently existing around the world.
A key feature of Calgary's Peace Pole is its inclusion of numerous languages. The motto "May Peace Prevail on Earth" is inscribed on the pole in English, French and aboriginal languages including Blackfoot (native to Alberta, Canada) and Cree (one of Canada's largest aboriginal groups). In addition, the word "Peace," translated into the 80 languages commonly used in Calgary, is engraved on a secondary pole.
The Calgary Peace Pole acknowledges the efforts in the community to care for all citizens and for the environment as well as an affirmation of the work of many to make the world a better place.
[Adapted from an article from the October 2009 issue of the SGI-Canada Online News; photos courtesy of SGI-Canada]