December 1, 2005
Saskatchewan students usher in second
century with a centennial message of peace
hundred pieces of artwork promoting a peaceful and
caring society in schools, communities and abroad have
been selected to create a permanent legacy of peace, a
gift from Saskatchewan students as the province enters
its second century.
"During the province's centennial year,
young people have been participating in a number of
activities that strengthen and commemorate the ideals of
peace," Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy Harry Van
Mulligen said. "Their artwork is a lasting reminder to
residents and visitors about the type of society that
our youth want to grow up in and lead into the future."
Close to 2,000 original works of art
were submitted to the Designs on Peace contest, which
was part of the Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Peace
Project. The project is a partnership involving the
centennial office, SaskEnergy and the Canadian Red Cross
in Saskatchewan. From the artwork received, a panel of
judges selected 100 prints for permanent display. Each
original design has been transferred to an 8" by 8"
square piece, which also includes the student's name,
grade and home community. The pieces may be displayed
separately or arranged in a group.
"The theme for Saskatchewan's
centennial, 100 years of heart reflects who we are as a
province and who we are as people," Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 Chair and Moose Jaw North MLA Glenn
Hagel said. "Our students are to be commended for their
commitment to promote a culture of mutual respect,
compassion and understanding during our centennial year
"Throughout 2005, we worked with our
partners to show young people that peace begins at
home," Regional Director for the Canadian Red Cross in
Southern Saskatchewan Cindy Fuchs said. "We thank
teachers for embracing this project and working with
their students to help them understand the role that
they play in shaping the future for themselves and for
In addition to the "Designs on Peace"
contest, students were invited to plant a peace pole in
their school yard or community. The peace pole is the
international symbol of peace. It is expected that 100
peace poles will be planted throughout Saskatchewan in
the centennial year.
About 2,500 students also attended "Hear
the Children" peace day events in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw
and Regina on September 21, 2005, which was proclaimed
Peace Day in Saskatchewan.
Additional information on Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 is available online at
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Centennial 2005
Regina: (306) 787-1254
Cell: (306) 530-5775
Regina: (306) 777-9822