April 6, 2005
Saskatchewan students will create a
centennial peace legacy
Close to 300 students from the Grant
Road and Kitchener public schools in Regina committed to
usher in Saskatchewan's next century by creating a
culture of mutual respect and understanding starting in
the province's centennial year.
"The Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Peace
Project engages the province's young people in using
thoughts, words, art and action to promote a peaceful,
caring society in their own schools, communities and
abroad," Premier Lorne Calvert said.
Through art projects, peace poles,
celebrations and virtual diaries, the Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 Peace Project will provide opportunity
for young people to get involved in centennial
celebrations while creating ongoing benefits for their
"Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders,"
Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Chair and Moose Jaw North
MLA Glenn Hagel said. "It is fitting during our
centennial year that we will help young people build a
legacy of peace that will bring long-lasting benefits to
communities throughout the province."
In 1998, SaskEnergy founded the first
"Hear the Children" peace day event in Saskatoon. In
2003, the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan began
hosting the event as part of its educational
programming. Building upon the success of this
initiative, two additional "Hear the Children" peace day
events will be held in the province in September, 2005,
in Regina and Moose Jaw.
"We are pleased that a very successful
program that began in Saskatoon is being expanded to
provide opportunity for all young people in Saskatchewan
to share their views about peace," Doug Kelln, President
and CEO of SaskEnergy said. "Whether they want
schoolyards free from bullying or a violence-free world,
this project gives our youth a sense of responsibility
about the role they play in shaping the future for
themselves and for our province."
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 tile display.
Students will also be encouraged to
plant at least 100 peace poles, the international symbol
of peace, in schools and communities throughout
Saskatchewan. A peace pole can be any column with four
or six sides, such as a fence post available from local
lumber yards. Each side displays "May Peace Prevail on
Earth" in a different language.
Photographs of the students' activities
may be also submitted to an online photographic diary.
"We are honoured during our centennial
year to be working with our partners on a program that
provides young people with an opportunity to have their
voices heard," Cindy Fuchs, Regional Director for the
Canadian Red Cross in Southern Saskatchewan said. "Peace
begins with ourselves, but by working together, directly
with our young people, we can make a difference in the
quality of our lives, our institutions and our
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