Exhibition and Peace Panel at Mount Royal University
By Ian Mattinson, Calgary
SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers speaking on the panel
On March 30, Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary hosted the exhibition "Everything You Treasure: For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons" sponsored by the Soka Gakkai International. The exhibition was displayed in the busy student corridor aptly named Mainstreet and drew many visitors and interest.
(Left): Exhibition "Everything You Treasure : For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons" on display at Mount Royal University (Right): Viewing the exhibition
The exhibition was held concurrently with a keynote address and panel discussion on the theme "Human Security Worldwide–Building a Culture of Peace in our Community." Cesar Jaramillo, National Director of Project Ploughshares, gave the keynote address titled "The Human Imperative for Disarmament" followed by a panel discussion that included SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers, Professor Mark Ayyash, Director of Peace Initiative of MRU, Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, Beth Tzedec Congregation, and Bev Delong, Chairperson, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Many thought-provoking idea's and hard facts about the current state of nuclear arms in the world were shared. The main thrust of the dialogue was that simple abhorrence to this evil is not enough as we as citizens need to raise our voice.