September 27, 2005
Saskatchewan Students Celebrate
Province's Centennial Peace Day
Hundreds of students gathered in three
cities today promoting peace and celebrating the
proclamation of Peace Day in Saskatchewan.
"During our centennial year, young
people throughout the province have been participating
in a number of activities that promote a culture of
harmony and understanding," Provincial Secretary Joan
Beatty said. "The proclamation of Peace Day acknowledges
the power of children's voices. All it takes is the
example of one young person to create positive change in
their local schoolyards, their communities and their
As part of the Saskatchewan Centennial
2005 Peace Project, supported by SaskEnergy and the
Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Red Cross, grades
four, five and six students attended "Hear the Children"
peace day events in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Regina.
About 2,500 children participated in a morning of
activities that promote co-operation, mutual respect and
non-violence. They also created their own personal
message for peace and held a peace march.
"The actions by our young people to
promote a peaceful and caring society in their schools,
communities and abroad will bring long-lasting benefits
to our province," Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Chair and
Moose Jaw North MLA Glenn Hagel said. "It is especially
rewarding to see our youth so involved in promoting
peace this year, when we commemorate our centennial and
the Year of the Veteran."
September 21st also marks International
Day of Peace, established by the United Nations General
Assembly to encourage people around the world to observe
one full day without violence. In 1998, SaskEnergy and
the Meewasin Valley Authority held the first "Hear the
Children" peace day event in Saskatoon in recognition of
the International Day of Peace.
"After growing the annual event to more
than 1,000 students in Saskatoon, management of the
program was turned over to the Canadian Red Cross,"
SaskEnergy Community Relations Manager Leslie Gosselin
said. "Expanding the event to include other communities
is a great way to celebrate the centennial. We thank all
partners for their support in reaching out to
students so that peace may be celebrated provincewide."
In addition to the peace day events,
students are planting a peace pole, which is a column
with the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" engraved
in a different language on each of its four or six
sides. About 80 schools have already committed to
planting peace poles. It is hoped that 100 will be
planted during the centennial year. Students are also
invited to participate in a "Designs on Peace" contest.
From the artwork submitted, 100 pieces will be selected
by a panel of independent judges to form a permanent
Additional information on Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 is available online at
For More Information, Contact:
Saskatchewan Centennial 2005
Phone: (306) 787-1254
Cell: (306) 530-5775