Institut Pacifique

Institut Pacifique

May 23, 2006 11:43 ET

MONTREAL LAUNCHES 'Give Peace a Chance Week', May 28 to June 2006

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 23, 2006) - The Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, and Chief Executive Director of Pacific Path Institute, Claude Moreau, today launched "Give Peace a Chance Week", and tonight, the city council will proclaim the week of May 28 to June 2, "Give Peace a Chance Week - I can make a difference", urging Montrealers to help build a better world. To mark the event, a delegation of children conveyed to the mayor wishes for peace expressed by their fellow students.

"More than ever, Montreal is recognized as a city of solidarity that is tolerant and inclusive, a city where differences are accepted and encouraged. I am proud to belong to a community that promotes peace. Thanks to the Pacific Path Institute, among others, young people have tools to build and enrich a culture of peace in Montreal... a culture that my administration expects to preserve," said Mayor Tremblay.

"The Pacific Path Institute is proud to be associated with Montreal for "Give Peace a Chance Week". For more than seven years now, our organization has been working to promote peace in the community and especially in schools, by teaching children conflict resolution. This week for peace is a unique opportunity for all to act in that direction. I congratulate the Ville de Montreal for this wonderful initiative and am convinced that young people all over will want to contribute to the success of this week," said Claude Moreau.

With this proclamation, Montreal wishes to assert and share its commitment to peace, mutual aid, respect and cooperation, values that are included in the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

"I can make a difference"

With "I can make a difference" as a theme, some 700 schools on the Island of Montreal will seek the involvement of their students in a series of activities focusing on peace, including a dress-in-white day, a one-minute of silence, and an exchange of peace messages by students.

To close the week on June 2, Mayor Tremblay will highlight the contribution to peace of students, school officials and artisans of the Pacific Path Institute by holding an event in their honour.

Montreal, city of peace

For several years now, Montreal has taken position for peace through several initiatives. In 1986, the city council proclaimed Montreal as a zone free of nuclear weapons and related components. In the early 1990s, the city council encouraged the government of Canada in its international campaign to ban anti-personnel mine. At the Montreal Summit, in June 2002, Montreal committed itself to building a city that is integrated, friendly, pleasant and inclusive. In 2003, the city administration proclaimed Yom Hashoah Day as a day to remember the victims of the holocaust.

In 2004, Montreal became part of the Mayors for Peace organization, joining forces with more than 1,000 cities from 11 countries demanding the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. More recently, Mayor Tremblay took part in the United Nations Conference of Mayors for Peace, in New York, marking the 7th review assembly of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Mayor Tremblay took advantage of this forum to reaffirm the importance of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and dismantling the arsenals of weapons dating back to the war.

Pacific Path Institute

The Pacific Path Institute is a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote the resolution of conflicts and mediation as an effective way to prevent violence, especially in schools, with the Pacific Path campaign. Launched in 1998, this campaign, which brought together more than 1,000 schools throughout Quebec, helped teach conflict resolution to 235,000 students and the mediation process to 6,000 young people. The Pacific Path Institute was recognized in 2001 by UNESCO for the quality of its programs, and for promoting peace-related actions among young people.

Contact Information

  • Source : Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    Maxime Chagnon
    (514) 872-5527
    Institut Pacifique
    Claude Moreau
    (514) 598-1522
    or (514) 994-3513 cell.
    Information: Claire Rocher
    Division des communications sectorielles
    (514) 872-9080