Current Initiatives

Peace Building 365

Peace Building 365

Peace Building  365 

- Promotes Positive Peace and Peace Literacy Education in action

- Inspires Clubs in the District to create a PeacCommittee in each of their clubs

- Create actionable projects to be a Piece of Peace  .

Peace Projects and activities under Peace Building  365:

  • Celebrating September 21st International Day of Peace 
  • Peace Days & Peace Days 365 throughout the year
  • Peace Poles  examples include

          1) Peace Pole located in St. Vital Park, by St. Boniface/ St. Vital Rotary Club in collaboration with City of Winnipeg;

          2)  Plans for Peace Poles in City of Selkirk and City of Kenora in collaboration with their local Rotary Clubs.

  • Mediators Beyond Borders International(MBBI)  

Peace Days was inspired by Rotary World Peace Partners in 2010 and grew out of a desire to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Peace, on September 21st each year.

 In 2010, Winnipeg celebrated with a Concert for Peace, where music was the medium to communicate the importance of working toward a more peaceful and compassionate society.

Peace Days evolved, and in 2015 became a festival with community events spanning from September 11 through to the International Day of Peace on September 21. 

Peace Days has further expanded into additional events year round called Peace Days 365.

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Peace Literacy Canada

Peace Literacy Canada

Education is our most powerful tool for change in creating positive peace. In an effort to create a more peaceful and just world, peace literacy will equip students and educators with the tools to build strong communities, peacefully confront the root causes of problems, navigate change and uncertainty, teach responsible digital citizenship, with the end goal of creating peace that is resilient and sustainable allowing us to thrive as human beings. 
Peace Literacy Canada will invest in curriculum development that is relevant and timely. Custom programs can be created for learning opportunities for both you and young at heart. As we enter the world of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, many valuable technological tools are also available to support the goals and objectives of peace literacy! 
In order to create peace, we must create a safe place of belonging for all where every voice can be heard. Building on the strong foundation of youth programs, educational initiatives along with other like-minded organizations, the collaboration between Peace Literacy Canada, Rotary District 5550 and World Peace Partners will work together to ensure every student has access to peace literacy education and work towards the common goal of real and sustainable peace in our communities. 
Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP)

Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP)

Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) has a mission to catalyze societal change by inspiring Indigenous & Non-Indigenous relationship building, strengthening community well-being and advancing the next generation of leaders.

HIP's vision is that all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples work together,
interconnected and interdependent, for the benefit of future generations. 

While HIP remains focused on education, awareness and relationship building, it places emphasis on building of meaningful, equitable and long-lasting relationships. By creating bonds and supporting one another, HIP employs key elements needed to walk the path together.    National HIP website located at

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Peace Education

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Peace Education

This is an incredible international way of having students in schools from two different countries dialoguing with each other.

We have a large number of UNESCO Associated Schools here in Winnipeg and in the Province of Manitoba, Canada. One of our Strategic Initiatives with World Peace Partners D5550 is called "UNESCO Associated Schools Network Cross Borders for Peace Project" ("UNESCO Schools Project") 

During a 3-year pilot program in 2015-2018 a middle school in Winnipeg connected virtually with a middle school in Cleves OhioIn their 2nd year they focused on citizenship in USA. For their 3rd year the students learned how one becomes a Citizen in Canada.

A neighbouring Rotary Club in each Country connected wth each school for support. Two American Rotarians funded this pilot project. TheCanadian Commission for UNESCO  and the US UNESCO Commission welcomed the launch of this 3-year pilot project between these two middle schools. UNESCO Schools commit to the Four Pillars of Learning:

Learning to know
Learning to do
Learning to be
Learning to live together

Themes of Study
ASPnet and UN priorities
Education for Sustainable Development
Peace and human rights
Intercultural learning

Click link for more information: About the network

The project leaders reflected on what was learned in this pilot and decided to take on the greatest immediate existential threat and risk to humanity as a topic for study and dialogue at a high school level. This led to the Youth Nuclear Peace Summit Oct 9-11, 2019 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Rotary World Peace Partners utilized the remaining funds for the Youth Nuclear Peace Summit, provided both American and Canadian schools were involved so as to foster cross border peace relationships. The Summit’s theme was: Focussing on the existential threats and risks of Nuclear Weapons. Canadian Commission for UNESCO allowed this to happen but did not sponsor it. UNESCO schools and other schools participated because of their interest in the topic.

This Summit led to the outcomes described on the website link below.
To learn more:  YouthNuclearPeaceSummit.Org

Rotary Peace Fellowship in Peace and Development

Rotary Peace Fellowship in Peace and Development

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers and service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field; or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Local Rotary Peace Fellows are key volunteers in WPP programs as Rotary World Peace Partners ("WPP") works supportively with Rotary Peace Fellows locally, regionally and internationally. Rotarians in District 5550 are encouraged by WPP to recruit candidates to apply to become Rotary Peace Fellows. 

Click the link for more information:

Rotary Peace Centers program 

Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR)

Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR)

The Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR) formerly referred to as AGC (Adventures in Global Citizenship) is a 6-credit university course at The University of Winnipeg Global College. This summer intensive course runs for two weeks in summer and explores global issues using the city and province as a living human rights classroom.

Many Rotary Clubs within D5550 donate to World Peace Partners D5550 for the purpose of either 1) choosing and sponsoring a university student and paying for their tuition or 2) supporting learning activities included in the Emerging Issues In Human Rights University Course.

This is a “jumpstart” university course for Grade 12 graduates that earns 6 university credit hours for someone eligible at the University of Winnipeg Global College or another university that consents in advance to recognize the credits. The course attracts students who are curious about issues of human rights and democratic citizenship in a globalizing world.  Because of the experiential nature of this course and the community engagement activities, students speak of the transformative impact this course has had on their lives.

The course is currently being updated and revised. The Global College plans to offer Emerging Issues (EIHR) again in July 2022.

Link to Global College Main Website at or the University of Winnipeg General Academic Calendar