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About Nonviolence

Nonviolence values equality, liberty, diversity, and justice. It describes a state in which liberty is affirmed - recognizing human intention, rights, freedom, and will. As long as we hold the belief that violence is inseparable from human experience we will continue acting in ways that deny the humanity of others.

Nonviolence is a conscious choice that is possible in every situation. Viewed this way violence becomes a signal that indicates a need for change. In all its forms (racial, religious, sexual, economic, etc.) violence creates needless suffering and delays personal and social progress.

Tools that help us realize nonviolence include: introspection, direct communication, compassion, and reconciliation. It is within each of our capacities to grow as we work for a world of nonviolence.

Building New Relations

The world is built through our relationships - each of us affecting the other, and being affected by our surroundings.

Building New Understanding

The way we understand the world (our personal values, beliefs, philosophies, etc.) guide what we do in the world.

A change in consciousness equals a change in the world.

Building New Strengths

As we continue to act in the spirit of nonviolence, we grow internally, developing new skills and comprehensions.

By working together in new ways we open the future to new personal and social possibilities.

About Us

The Nonviolence Festival is a volunteer driven initiative based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. We organize activities that raise awareness about the power of nonviolence.

The Nonviolence Festival is connected to World Without Wars and Violence.


The first Nonviolence Fair and Concert was held in 2005, in Waterloo Park. It was organized by volunteers to highlight the many positive activities in Waterloo region.

From this first event volunteers continued to organize other projects to bring people together and to raise awareness.