Canada: Pax Christi Toronto holds Peace Walks to address a variety of social justice issues
11/8/18 - Each year, Pax Christi Toronto plans Peace Walks which are inspired by Pax Christi member and Basilian priest Fr. Bob Holmes. They collaborated with Development & Peace, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Camp Micah, KAIROS, Jesuit Volunteers and the Blue Scarf Movement in planning an April Peace Walk for Earth Day and will also conduct one in September for the International Day of Peace.
Typically, walkers will stop at 6 or 7 locations in downtown Toronto illustrating various peace and justice issues. Peace Walks highlight issues including extractives, indigenous rights, and protection of the Earth.
In April, the Earth Day Blue Scarf Peace Walk included the opportunity for people to add a message honouring the gift of water. Development & Peace representatives bring the "river of water drops" to many gatherings and participants are invited to add their 'drops' to the river. Luke Stocking of Development & Peace spoke to the group about water on the University of Toronto campus on the site of a buried river that used to be a meeting place for the indigenous Anishinaabe people.