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Peace: The Exhibition

Developed by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, this travelling exhibition explores the ways that Canadians have defined, made and kept peace at home and around the world. Peace is examined on three levels: how we negotiate to obtain and protect it; how we organize and demonstrate to demand it; and, sometimes, how we fight to achieve it.

Negotiate

This section explores the key role played by Canada’s Lester B. Pearson in resolving the 1956 Suez Crisis through negotiation and the establishment of the first United Nations Emergency Force, which included Canadian peacekeepers. Visitors will also learn about the heated national debate over Canada’s response to the Suez Crisis.

Organize 

Canadians reacted to the global challenge of living with nuclear weapons in very different ways. In this section, visitors examine these reactions through stories about key nuclear events such as disarmament protests, the “Diefenbunker”, and the testing of American cruise missiles in Canada.

Intervene

This section documents Canada’s intervention in Afghanistan, including its combat role, work to promote development and rebuild state structures and the role of individuals and non-governmental organizations to help the Afghan people.

Personal Stories

Visitors to the exhibit will encounter many stories of individuals, families and groups associated with the three episodes above, including anti-nuclear activist Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing who later moved to Canada and was eventually awarded the Order of Canada for her work against nuclear weapons; General E.L.M. Burns, a Canadian who was the first commander of the first UN Peacekeeping force; and “Skateistan”, an international charitable organization with Canadian support and participation that uses skateboarding to connect with and educate Afghan youth, especially marginalized street kids.

Peace – The Exhibition is open for public viewing in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ “Expressions” gallery.