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
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.
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 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.