Every year, on September 21, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.
Peace Week began when Conrad Grebel University College initiated a series of community events for the week surrounding the International Day of Peace. Since 2017, we have been opening up this initiative to Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond.
We invite you to continue to make Peace Week a region-wide celebration by attending an event in your community or planning your own event to mark the occasion your way!
Community Event listing
'Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War' Exhibit
An exhibit of the Mennonite Archives of Ontario that highlights 12 Canadian "sites of nonresistance".
War monuments, cenotaphs and honour rolls remind us daily of the most dramatic and familiar stories of war. This exhibit tells war stories of a different kind, and lays out an alternative memorial landscape—the landscape of nonresistance. These stories are gleaned from letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, government documents and family histories found in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Together, they paint a picture of the Great War from a “peace church” perspective.
You can find this exhibit in the Milton Good Library and Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery on the 3rd floor of Conrad Grebel University College. Exhibit hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:00 pm
A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land Art Exhibit Reception
This exhibition, sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee and curated by the Korean Art Forum, collects rarely seen works by American, Chinese, North and South Korean artists.
Responding to the speeches given by leaders of North and South Korea at an inter-Korean summit in 2018, this exhibition serves to communicate the following thesis: Peace is not an absence of war, but the living process of freely interacting with others and understanding their values and perspective, while realizing truth and justice.
Exhibit reception: Thursday September 20 at 4:00 PM in the Grebel Gallery.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Join Queen Street Yoga's Basics Class for a Cause
Queen Street Yoga in DTK is participating in KW’s Peace Week 2018! Drop in for their $5 Basics Class on September 23, at 6pm, and the proceeds will go to the Healing of the Seven Generations, an organization that does intergenerational healing for the effects of residential schools on First Peoples.
If you enjoy it, you can keep going after Peace Week is over – classes run every Sunday night at 6 PM and proceeds will continue to go to the Healing of the Seven Generations.
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00 am to Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 6:00 pm
All Nations Grand River Water Walk
The All Nations Water Walk will begin at the headwaters of the Grand River and follow the beautiful river-ways. The walk is intended to honour the water and connect all peoples to creation. It is also a walk in memory of the late Violet Caibaiosai, one of the original Water Walkers.
Join Mary Anne Caibaiosai and others in following the footsteps of Josephine Mandamin, an Anishnaabe Elder, who has honoured the water by walking the perimeter of the Great Lakes.
This journey on both sides of the Grand River will run from September 15-29 2018.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00 pm
St. Pauls 15th Annual Pow Wow
Every year in the fall, the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre hosts a Pow Wow and it usually falls within Peace Week!
A Pow Wow is a coming together of the first peoples to celebrate and honour our traditional teachings. The Pow Wow includes drumming, dancing and other elements of Indigenous culture. Craft and food vendors are on site, and there are different stations where visitors can go to learn about different aspects of Indigenous culture.
St. Pauls 15th Annual Pow Wow will be at Waterloo park (near the band shell) on Saturday September 22, 2018 with the grand entry at noon and the closing ceremony at 5pm.
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 8:00 pm
#ChurchToo Theatre of the Beat Performance
#ChurchToo is uniquely designed to cater specifically to the questions and concerns of each community that hosts it. Nine playwrights from across North America have each written a scene to explore the realities of sexual misconduct, power, and abuse within our church communities.
The show opens at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener, Ontario on September 21-23, 2018.
Events listed are not necessarily Grebel events. Grebel is not responsible for external events.