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Edmonton, AB T6G 2S4
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Mahatma Gandhi Memorail Day

Annual  Banquet 2012

Pakistan Flood Relief Fund 2010


Youth Conference 2011

Project In Progress

The Mahatma Gandhi 2012 Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities.

Essay Writing Contest

Season of Nonviolence 

Alex Neve, Amnesty International 2011 Speech 1 

Alex Neve, Amnesty International 2011 Speech 2



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The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation
For World Peace

Welcome to the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace. The Foundation, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, traces its origins to 1988 when observances of the anniversary of Gandhi's birth were so well received by the people of Edmonton that the initiators launched plans to enlarge the annual observances, to memorialize Gandhi and to share his teachings through a national foundation to be known as the "Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace."

About the Foundation

Humble Beginnings

The origins of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace can be traced to 1988. That year, for the first time, the mayor of Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) proclaimed the week of Gandhi's birth anniversary Mahatma Gandhi Peace Week. This has since become an annual event.

Also in 1988, some of the members of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Committee (a sub-committee of the Council of India Societies of Edmonton) envisioned the establishment of an annual observation of Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2nd, and prepared a program that included a banquet honoured by the presence of the High Commissioner of India to Canada, a garlanding of the bust by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and a public lecture delivered at the University of Alberta by His Excellency Douglas Roche, Canada's Ambassador for Disarmament to the United Nations.

The 1988 observances were so well received by the community that the initiators launched plans to enlarge the annual observances, to memorialize Gandhi and to share his teachings through a national foundation to be known as the "Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace." The Foundation has now become the vehicle for conducting the annual observances and other projects. The foundation's dedicated volunteer Board of Directors works within Alberta and also within the Canadian community to address Gandhian philosophies in order to promote the ideals of non-violence in educational institutions.

Objectives

The objective of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace is to share, in a universal and cross-cultural way, knowledge of Mahatma Gandhi's beliefs and philosophies. The Foundation initiates, conducts and supports research, studies, wrtiings, teaching, education and scholarship in international understanding based on the teachings, philosophies, activities and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. The Foundation establishes, maintains and supports academic chairs, lectureships, professorships, exchanges and assistantships on its own account and in conjunction with other institutions.

The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace has limited resources for funding projects outside our regular activities as described above. However, the Foundation does consider some funding assistance to recognized organizations. Unfortunately, we do not have the funds to sponsor individuals at this time.

Membership

Membership in the Foundation is open to all, and it is the hope of the founders that the objects and programs of the Foundation will be embraced by the entire Canadian community in recognition of the universality of Gandhi's beliefs and teachings. The Foundation is federally incorporated and has tax-exempt status as a charity under the Income Tax Act of Canada.

A membership form is available in PDF format for those wishing to join the Foundation.

 
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