The Canadian Association Of Veterans In United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) is the largest association of peacekeeping veterans in Canada, with chapters in every province. Our organization was created upon three concepts - assistance to and activism on behalf of serving and retired Canadian peacekeepers and their families, commemoration of fallen peacekeepers and of the brave acts by peacekeepers, and education of the public about peacekeeping and peacekeepers, known as ACE (Assistance, Commemoration, Education).
Our accomplishments include:
To provide the best possible service to our members, their families and to members of the Canadian Forces, we participate as full members of the:Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
CAVUNP was a driving force for this award, linking with other veterans organizations to keep the initiative alive through five years and five Private Member’s Bills in the House of Commons. The Order in Council was signed 27 September 1999 which approved the award of the Medal to each member of the Canadian Forces upon completion of their first peacekeeping mission.Monuments to Peacekeepers
The national monument of Canada to peacekeeping is in Ottawa. Named “Reconciliation”, the monument was the logical follow-on in Canada to the award in 1988 of the Nobel Peace Prize to United Nations Peacekeeping. The monument was unveiled October 8, 1992. The DND project officer was John Gardam OMM, MSM, a past president and past chairman of the board of directors of CAVUNP.Peacekeeper’s Day 9 August
CAVUNP has obtained, from all but one province and from many cities and towns, approval in perpetuity of the annual Peacekeepers Day on 9 August when we remember the fallen, give thanks to our families and friends who have supported peacekeepers during missions in far-away lands and, honour those peacekeepers who have received awards for bravery during a mission.Peacekeeping Roll Of Honour
We maintain a record of each fallen Peacekeeper. Our national website includes a Roll of Honour which lists in chronological order the date on which each Peacekeeper died in the service of peace.Acts of Bravery in the Service of Peace
We maintain a record of the awards for bravery received by peacekeepers. Each record includes the citation for the award. This will be included in our national website.7th Book of Remembrance
In the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa are displayed the Books of Remembrance which record the names of Canadians who died in all the major conflicts since the Boer War in South Africa in the 1890s.CAVUNP Newsletter
Our newsletter, “The Thin Blue Line” is published quarterly and mailed to all members. We also post it on our website. It is well-received by our members and also by various government departments and other peacekeeping associations with whom we have links.CAVUNP Website
This site publishes a variety of information and has been the source of assistance about peacekeeping to many students around the world.Educating the Public
Through a variety of means, we endeavour to inform the public about the role of peacekeeping, the experiences of peacekeepers, the extension of Canadian values to people in whose country we are serving so they may learn about Canadian society.Links with Veterans Organizations
CAVUNP has forged links with various veterans organizations in Canada and abroad which have objectives and views common to ours. In this way, we lend our weight to issues of importance and serve the communities in the best way.