International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is a day to contemplate injustices done in the name of colonization or expansion of territory. Among these events are the removal of native peoples from their land, forced religious conversion, physical enslavement, or even episodes of genocide or near-genocide. Although many indigenous peoples have overcome these historical wrongs, not all have yet done so, including the Chechens of Russia and the Hmong of Southeast Asia,.

Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki

August 6 – 9, 1945: More than 200,000 people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki lay dead from the use of the first atomic bombs. Since August 1945, many thousands more have died, and continue to die, from the radioactive fallout of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  For a reflection from Pax Christi and prayer resources, please click here.

REFLECTION: On the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – a plea for peace


National Peacekeepers’ Day –Canada

Today is an official remembrance day for Canadian veterans of military peacekeeping activities.   It is officially marked on 9 August of each year and alternately may be observed on the closest Sunday.  The date was chosen to commemorate 9 August 1974, when nine Canadian Peacemakers were killed when their plane was shot down over Syria, the highest number of Canadian peacekeepers killed in a single incident.