The Public Peace Prize at the Montreal World Social Forum!!!


Visit the kiosk of the Public Peace Prize
At the World Social Forum!!!

August 10 -11 – 12, 2016
UQAM – Pavillon SH 201, President Kennedy Avenue


Join the round-table discussion on promoting peace initiatives and peacemakers,Friday, August 12, 1 PM at the World Social Forum
McGill University, Pavillon Bronfman, (Local OO2),
1001, Sherbrooke West

The Round Table (in French) will bring together several contributors:

  • Anne Beaumier, instigator and President of the Festival de la paix à Victoriaville created in 2009
  • Adriana Eslava, from the Columbian Amazon, Coordinator of Réseau Outils de paix.
  • Elana Wright, Program Officer, Advocacy and Research at Développement et Paix
  • Colette Coughlin, Public relations for the Public Peace Prize
  • Guy Demers, Sociologist, artist and sociocultural mediator, member of Artists for Peace and the international movement ATD Quart Monde
  • Ferdinand Djayerombe Vaweka, native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and president of Antennes de paix – Pax Christi Montréal, working for human rights, social justice and the transformation of conflicts.

The starting question : How to make peace initiatives and peacemakers better known in a media culture centered on sensationalism, scandal and violence?

The Round Table is open, please participate!

 Offer your vote for peace!

It is time to nominate people or initiatives for the 2017 Public Peace Prize!

The Public Peace Prize is a citizens’ initiative without borders. Its sole goal is to make better known as many peacemakers and peace initiatives as possible.



¡¡¡El Premio del Público por la Paz estará presente en el Foro Social Mundial 2016 en Montreal!!!
Visite nuestro kiosco los días 10, 11 y 12 de agosto de 2016 en el Pabellón SH de la UQAM (segundo piso) ubicado en 201 Avenida Président-Kennedy.
Participe en nuestra mesa redonda que trata de la promoción de iniciativas y de artesanos de paz, el viernes 12 de agosto a la 1:00 de la tarde en el edificio Bronfman de la Universidad McGill (local 002), ubicado en 1001, calle Sherbrooke Ouest.
Es el tiempo de proponer el nombre de personas o iniciativas al Premio del Público por la Paz 2017, ¡ofrezca su voz a la paz!

Narine Dat SOOKRAM receives a commemorative plaque

narine-dat-sookram-pppOn May 28th, Narine Dat Sookram, the 2016 Public Peace Prize winner in the category of Social Integration & Community Peacemaker, was presented with a commemorative plaque. He received this honour during the Caribbean Dreams Concert in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada).

It is very fitting for him that the award be presented not only at the annual concert that he has been organizing for the immigrant community for the past 14 years, but also that it aligned with the commemoration of Guyana’s 50th Jubilee of independence. A member of the Public Peace Prize team was in attendance to present him with this well-earned mark of recognition and appreciation.

Narine is of Guyanese descent, and his concern and support for others branches out from his local community to the greater Canadian community, extending to the Guyanese community both locally and abroad.

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My views on peace!


Narine Dat Sookram

When it comes to peace I think the most important thing for me is to have people come together to celebrate life together as one.  I also think that it is time that people look beyond our differences not only to respect each other but to make sure that every human being has equal opportunity.  One of the things I try to put into practice is to live my life with a conscious mind, because I believe that peace itself starts from home and I think that it is everyone’s obligation to be part of the process.

However, because of my passion for a more peaceful world, I have initiated a community concert and a community radio show to spread the importance of peace.  In particular, with the Caribbean Dreams Concert, I showcase talents from different cultures and the idea behind it is that I want the broader community to have a better understanding of other cultures, because I strongly believe that the more people are knowledgeable of other cultures the less likely they are to be judgemental.  But when I really come to think about it, there is no better way to promote peace than to have a diverse set of ethnic backgrounds under one roof, because to me it is the best way to breaker the barrier between our differences.

My weekly community radio show is another initiative that is a powerhouse that I use to promote peace.  The good thing with this show is that I get to choose the type of songs I play and usually it’s songs that the Caribbean/West Indian people can listen to and feel a sense of home.  But best of all I get to connect with my listeners locally and internationally where I get to influence them in a positive way.  I really want people to know that there is not a specific formula to promote peace in the world around us, but it is surely possible when we can work together to achieve a common goal.  Though the world is divided, it is up to us to make that history.

Dr. Narine Dat Sookram, Hon. D. Hum. Litt.

February 10, 2016