Welcome to WILPF Canada!

WILPF Canada’s goals are to bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known and help abolish the causes and the legitimization of war; and to work toward world peace; total and universal disarmament; the abolition of violence and coercion in the settlement of conflict and their substitution in every case of negotiation and conciliation; the strengthening of the United Nations system; the continuous development and implementation of international law; political and social equality and economic equity; co-operation among all people; and an environmentally sustainable development.

For more about WILPF, its history, goals and activities, visit WILPF International.


NEWS:

Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

WILPF Canada has endorsed the appeal of Hiroshima survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Setsuko Thurlow to Prime Minister Justin that the Canadian government ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. For the full text of her statement which has been circulated to heads of state across the world, please go to  http://www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca/ ...
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July 24, 2020: Please cancel the $19 billion fighter jet procurement

Friday morning Wilpfers and others gathered outside the constituency office of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan to present the following letter: Dear Honourable Harjit Sajjan, We are writing to you on the National Day of Action “Strike for Climate Peace: No New Fighter Jets“ to let you know that we strongly oppose the Canadian government spending $19 billion on 88 new fighter jets. Today demonstrations are taking place outside the offices of Members of Parliament of all the political parties across the country. Canadians do not want the federal government to spend precious public tax dollars on a new weapon system, but want investment in crucially needed domestic programmes. We have heard only last week how the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the women’s participation in the labour force down to its lowest level in three decades. We call on the federal government to address this situation as well as long-standing gender economic inequality by fully funding a National child care programme as well as other measures to assist women, such as actions against gender based violence. Surely this is a sounder investment for Canada than fighter jets that are unnecessary; intend to destroy life, and exacerbate the climate crisis. We plead ...
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Friday, July 26: National Day of Action “Strike for Climate Peace: No New Fighter Jets”

WILPF and other groups will be demonstrating outside Defence Minister MP Harjit Sajjan’s office at 6406 Victoria Drive.  Please join us at 11:00 am ...
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Hiroshima Day in Nanaimo, August 6 from 1-3 pm, Maffeo Sutton Park with displays and music

“It has been 75 years since the first use of the atomic bomb when the city of Hiroshima was reduced to ashes in 1945.  To commemorate this event, for the past eighteen years, we have  held a lantern ceremony at dusk,” wrote Dyane Brown from the Nanaimo Branch of WILPF, organizers of the event, in a letter address to the Nanaimo mayor and city council. “Because of COVID, we have had to develop a new plan.” Peace songs will be sung by Janette and Tristan  prior to the event. At  1 pm  Margaret Sutton will play her shakuhashi flute and  every  half hour there will be a reminder of Hiroshima Day and a minute of silence.  Some of the lanterns will be on display at the park and everyone is encouraged to make a lantern of their own and put it in their window on August  6th.  Because of COVID 19, instructions from the Chief Medical Officer of BC will be respected with social distancing and the distribution of masks if required ...
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Submission from the Vancouver Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom regarding systemic racism in police departments and the redirection of funds from the Vancouver Police Department on July 2, 2020

To the Mayor, Councillors and Manager: In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, the world watched for nearly 9 minutes the horrific murder of an unarmed African American man by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. (May 25,2020). The global response under the banner of Black Lives Matter was swift. There have been huge protests and loud calls for an end to systemic racism in society, in particular, in the criminal justice system. This has opened up a public conversation on police brutality, the relationship of the police to marginalized communities and the need to defund parts of police budgets and re-allocate these funds to under-served communities, through social programmes. It is within this context that the Vancouver Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom calls on the City Council of Vancouver in consultation with the City Manager and the Vancouver Police Board to redirect financial resources from the Vancouver Police Department. This redirection of financial resources should go towards comprehensive alternatives that support the social needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and other marginalized communities. There must be transparency in how these funds are spent. We recommend: 1. An overhaul of police ...
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