Peace and Disarmament

Back to listSep 26, 2009

SGI-Canada Contributes to Annual Ottawa Peace Festival

090926x_canada_ottawa_peacefest.jpg UNAC representative Shane Roberts

On September 26, 2009, approximately 80 people attended an event titled "Buddhism in Action–A Proposal for Peace," held at the SGI-Canada Ottawa Community Center as part of a 13-day annual Ottawa Peace Festival held in Ottawa, Canada. The festival, organized by the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC) NCR Branch and many local peace organizations, included art exhibits, forums, cultural showcases and discussion groups relating to the goal of creating peace.

SGI-Canada's contribution took the form of an interactive multimedia exhibition based on "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History," SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal. Sections focused on issues such as food supply, the environment and the campaign for nuclear disarmament. The two-hour event opened with remarks from Peace Festival organizer Balwant Bhaneja (Co-Chair of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative) and UNAC representative Shane Roberts, followed by an introduction to the 2009 Peace Proposal by an SGI-Canada leader, John Callahan.

The video "Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace" presenting the experiences of survivors of the WWII atomic bombings in Japan was also shown. The interviews were recorded by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee.

[Adapted from an article in the October 2009 issue of the SGI-Canada Online News, SGI-Canada; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]