The Mayor of Boston proclaims Peace Tree Day on June 1, 2013 and becomes the first American city to proclaim the day!
Peace Tree Day
, inspired by the award-winning Canadian film by Mitra Sen, is a celebration of peace, diversity and fusion through the arts by children and youth that empowers them to become leaders for social change.
Peace Tree Day was first proclaimed by Mayor David Miller on June 1, 2006.
This year, Ottawa joins the growing list of cities to proclaim Peace Tree Day in Canada which includes Vaughan, Windsor, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Georgina and Markham.
After the tragic bombings in Boston, there has never been a more important time for the children, youth and families of Boston to discover the value of sharing each other’s cultures and faiths in order to create greater understanding, unity and respect for people of all backgrounds.
The Peace Tree film shares the story of two little girls, from different faiths, who dream of celebrating each other’s festivals, Christmas and Eid, but run into problems at home trying to convince their families that it’s really all about peace.
So the children create a Peace Tree – a tree that highlights the symbols of all our cultures and faiths on one tree to reflect the beauty of diversity in unity.
Today, children in schools around the world are creating Peace Trees and inspiring young people to create inclusive communities where people of every culture and faith are embraced and celebrated. Families can also gather in their communities to create Peace Trees on Peace Tree Day.
In Toronto, student Peace Tree Ambassadors will be celebrating their 8th Peace Tree Day festival and will share their intercultural workshops with seniors to expose them to the vibrant colours of diversity.
The children will teach the seniors Bollywood Flamenco Dance Fusion, Yoga, Chinese Brush Painting, Aboriginal Dot Painting and more to create a unique and vibrant experience for both generations!