It’s September 21st, which means it’s the International Day of Peace! This day was established in 1981 by the United Nations to strengthen ideals of peace across the world. 

To celebrate Peace Day, we’re sharing our favourite non-profit organizations in BC that advocate for peace.

What is the International Day of Peace?

The International Day of Peace, or “Peace Day”, is observed around the world and provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

This year’s #peaceday celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “The Right to Peace- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

The Peacemakers

To celebrate Peace Day, we’re sharing our favourite non-profit organizations in BC that advocate for peace, in Canada and beyond. Whether they focus on food security, human rights, or sustainable housing, these non-profits bring peace to those they connect with.

Dialogue and Resolution Services | Victoria

Dialogue and Resolution Services are the South Island’s only non-profit specializing in conflict resolution, providing assistance to individuals, families, co-workers, neighbours and businesses. They provide a safe, reliable and professional alternative to going to court in order to resolve conflict and plan the way forward.

PeaceGeeks | Vancouver

PeaceGeeks build digital tools to empower communities in the pursuit of peace. They collaborate with communities to put technology tools and digital literacy in the hands of citizens, peacebuilders, human rights defenders and humanitarian responders.

Posted by PeaceGeeks on Monday, June 4, 2018
WITS Programs Foundation | Victoria

The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization.

Peace and Love International Society | Vancouver

Peace & Love is committed to empowering the most marginalized and vulnerable citizens of our global community, regardless of religion, sex, personal convictions, or geographical location. They aimss to assist in achieving human security and human rights for all.

Education for Peace – Canada | Victoria

Education for Peace creates a civilization of peace by assisting individuals, families, schools, communities and groups to prevent conflict, strengthen inter-group cooperation and apply the principles of unity-in-diversity, equality and justice.

Global Peace Network | Vancouver

Global Peace Network focuses on contributing to a sustainable, hopeful and progressive future for some of the world’s most impoverished communities.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society | Victoria

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society’s mission is to assist in the settlement and adjustment of immigrants and refugees in Canada, and to provide services designed to increase the newcomer’s participation in Canadian society, by assisting the newcomer to overcome barriers.

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education | Vancouver

The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is inspired by the Dalai Lama’s vision for 21st century education. His belief that a balance between educating the mind and educating the heart will help create a more compassionate and peaceful world is the cornerstone of the Center’s mission.

Sources: United Nations

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