UN Peacekeeping

2006 marked the 50th anniversary of the Suez Crisis and the world's first designated UN peacekeeping mission. Since Canadian Lester B. Pearson (subsequently a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and our Prime Minister) first proposed that the United Nations send a multinational contingent to the Suez canal in 1957, over 120,000 Canadians have served in more than 50 operations from Congo to Cyprus to Cambodia and, more recently, East Timor, Haiti and Sudan.

With the support of the Canadian International Development Agency, Veterans Affairs, National Defence, Foreign Affairs, and the RCMP, among others, UNA-Canada has launched a national project to commemorate this anniversary. This website showcases the activities that were undertaken across Canada to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping.