Presentation Title

Making Peace and Local History: The Kamloops Peace Walk

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented Friday March 31, 2017

Abstract

The Kamloops Peace Walk began in April of 1979 under the title “Nuclear Awareness Day March and Rally” during a time when the Cold War was in full swing. Although it has not been officially declared the oldest and longest running peace walk in Canada, there is substantial evidence that it is. Over time the walk has changed and manifested with its political and environmental landscape. It serves as a meeting point for a diverse set of groups and members of the community and has carved out a permanent residency on the calendar in Kamloops.

This project began as an undertaking presented by Ginny Ratsoy in tandem with the Kamloops Chapter of the Council of Canadians in order to draw further attention to, and expand the writings on, the Kamloops Peace Walk. This opportunity is a semester-long service learning opportunity in which the student is granted access to an array of archived material that has been collected since 1979 by various members of the community regarding the walk.

The final outcome of this project will be the production of various articles regarding different aspects of the walk and how it has changed over time. In my presentation I will share a research poster outlining the history of the peace walk. The archives contain many wonderful images, stories, and newspaper articles that I will be sharing as well.

This project draws attention to an important local annual event in the community. It also focuses on how this event has developed and changed in the political climate that surrounds it. As time passes and wars are fought, issues regarding peace and war open up important global discussions. I will share how Kamloops has integrated these global discussions into the community through the Peace Walk.

Department

History

Faculty Advisor

Ginny Ratsoy

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Making Peace and Local History: The Kamloops Peace Walk

The Kamloops Peace Walk began in April of 1979 under the title “Nuclear Awareness Day March and Rally” during a time when the Cold War was in full swing. Although it has not been officially declared the oldest and longest running peace walk in Canada, there is substantial evidence that it is. Over time the walk has changed and manifested with its political and environmental landscape. It serves as a meeting point for a diverse set of groups and members of the community and has carved out a permanent residency on the calendar in Kamloops.

This project began as an undertaking presented by Ginny Ratsoy in tandem with the Kamloops Chapter of the Council of Canadians in order to draw further attention to, and expand the writings on, the Kamloops Peace Walk. This opportunity is a semester-long service learning opportunity in which the student is granted access to an array of archived material that has been collected since 1979 by various members of the community regarding the walk.

The final outcome of this project will be the production of various articles regarding different aspects of the walk and how it has changed over time. In my presentation I will share a research poster outlining the history of the peace walk. The archives contain many wonderful images, stories, and newspaper articles that I will be sharing as well.

This project draws attention to an important local annual event in the community. It also focuses on how this event has developed and changed in the political climate that surrounds it. As time passes and wars are fought, issues regarding peace and war open up important global discussions. I will share how Kamloops has integrated these global discussions into the community through the Peace Walk.