Culture of Peace Hamilton is one of a cluster of groups and individuals who consider peace a local issue as much as an international one.
For fifteen years, as part of the United Nations Association in Canada (Hamilton Branch) it has attempted to build a culture of peace in this community consistent with United Nations Manifesto 2000.
The six great pathways to peace, printed below, transcend divisions of race, gender, and religious beliefs.
Over the years Culture of Peace Hamilton has worked with many local groups, including government, towards Hamilton becoming a safer and more inclusive community. Presently it provides peace luncheons twice a year; holds regular meetings, has donated a thousand narcissi bulbs to the City Hall’s Peace Garden; has helped build four labyrinths in the city to commemorate peace, and planted a number of peace poles.
By addressing local differences with the peacemaker’s tools, anger or hostility can often be transformed and violence avoided. By offering the hand of friendship, social friction can be reduced and more satisfying personal relations restored.
Six Pathways of Peace by Nobel Peace Laureates
Respect All Life:
Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination or prejudice.
Practice active non-violence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents.
Share with Others:
Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression.
Listen to Understand:
Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others.
Preserve the Planet:
Promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and developmental practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet.
Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity.