Last year Nancy Maddams was invited to offer a presentation at the Friends for Peace Day on September 27th, 2014.  Nancy is a KLEO board member and a strong supporter of the Ladies of Nong Tao weaving initiative.  Nancy was unable to attend the event as her journey’s around the world continue and asked me to take over. The plan was for me to speak about the ancient technique of back-strap weaving used by the Karen people in Thailand and Burma. The inspiration of the intricate weaving patterns and designs,that have been handed from mother to daughter for centuries come from nature. Members of the Ottawa Karen Youth Club would also perform a fashion show of their colourful unique clothing.DSC_3429-offsetUp-1100x803

Friends of Peace Day, “Is a day to celebrate the consciousness of peace, social justice and planetary care rather than bemoan their scarcity. Mayor Jim Watson had this to say: Friends for Peace is an outstanding organization that does very important work, promoting, strengthening and maintaining peace, planetary care and social justice within our communities and the environment. ” It’s a day for young and old as the diversity of Ottawa turns up for a great time.

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Eight members of the Karen youth group, from left to right, Ethu, MuMu, Daylya, Salee, Eh Doh Thaw, Klee, Wahk’sha and Eh Soe Moo donated their time and energy to make the presentation the great success it was. Their enthusiastic, “strike a pose” to Pharell Williams song Happy had the crowd clapping and cheering them on.

Best of all was to see the pride the youth had in their culture and the fun and laughter these young Karen people had sharing an important part of their culture.