A Circle of All Nations: A Culture of Peace
- We Are All Connected (Grandfather's perpetual prayer and reminder)
On the 20th of September 2015, the Circle of All Nations hosted its 16th annual celebration
of the United Nations International Day of Peace, animating the work and legacy of late Algonquin elder William Commanda.
The Circle of All Nations is a global eco-community unified by Elder Commanda’s fundamental and unshakeable conviction that as children of Mother Earth, we all belong together and with nature, irrespective of our individual colour, creed or culture.
William Commanda (Ojigkwanong - Morning Star)
Born: 11 November 1913 into the Squirrel Clan
- Indigenous Elder of the Kichisippi - Ottawa -River Watershed, Canada
- Founder of the Circle of All Nations
- Officer of the Order of Canada
- Honorary doctorate University of Ottawa
- Honorary doctorate Univerisitie Quebec et Outaouais
All of Elder William Commanda’s activities are organic and interconnected:
The Circle of All Nations is neither an organization nor a network – rather it is a growing circle of individuals committed to:
- promotion of racial harmony
- advancement of social justice
- recognition and honouring of Indigenous wisdom and peace building
The core values sustaining the Circle are:
These values were originally presented in the Circle of All Nations
The critically important peace and environmental work of the late Grandfather Commanda continues in his legacy vision for global peace, as articulated at the Asinabka
(place of glare rock) site.
This unique Indigenous meeting place of geological, heritage, historical, spiritual and sacred importance was used by the ancient people of the American North East for over 6,000 years, since the last ice age and the retreat of the Champlain Sea.
The Sacred Chaudiere site remains a special site for all people to meet within the natural setting of the islands of fire including Chaudiere and Victoria Islands (the Asin Minotik), the Ottawa River (Kichisippi) and the Chaudiere Falls, (Akikpautik) in the center of the National Capital Region in Ottawa, Canada's Capital city.
Grandfather Commanda's vision for reconciliation at this peace building site has been developed and shared with the Algonquins of the Ottawa River Watershed, governments, countless people and organizations, nationally, internationally and at the United Nations since 1997.
A Culture of Peace
Grandfather Commanda talks about
the islands, the falls, the Algonquin Nation and people.
View the conceptual designs
of Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal
for the Asinabka National Aboriginal Centre
To view a related panorama: Ottawa Peace Festival
look for Laura Spafford in the World Wide Panorama all participants directory.
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Behind the scene : how this panorama was made ▼