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
On Monday January 15 at 5 pm, there will be a candle light vigil to support the peace-building process in Korea. This will be at the Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo chapter.
The vigil is in solidarity with activities organized by The Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security On The Korean Peninsula to coincide with the Foreign Ministers Conference there on January 16.
A delegation of sixteen women peacemakers from Asia, Europe and North America have come to Vancouver to ensure that women’s perspectives are included in the official discussions and that the only option on the table to resolve the Korean crisis is a diplomatic one.
To support this, candle light vigils will be held in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Saltspring Island, and in Victoria.
January 15 is Martin Luther King Day in the US where King spoke out boldly about the links between militarization, social injustice and spiritual death. In reference to Vietnam, he rejoiced that religious leaders were choosing “ to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based on the mandates of conscience and the reading of history.”
Everyone is welcome to this Nanaimo vigil and participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring candles!
For further information, call 250 753 3015.
Canada plans to create an overseas mining watchdog early next year, a move welcomed by environmental and human rights activists. Ottawa says it will create an independent office that will specifically look at Canadian oil, mining, and gas companies’ activities abroad.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE JAN 15 – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY! 6:30 pm Art Gallery, 7 pm Convention Centre
WITNESS FOR PEACE – JAN 16TH – 8 AM – EAST SIDE OF WEST CONVENTION CENTRE
VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA
“FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY” JANUARY 16, 2018 2:00-5:00 PM
Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University
580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance)
Download the flyer for more information: Teach In Flier for Vancouver.pdf
Sat. Nov. 11th – Seaforth Peace Park, Vancouver We hope you will join us for:
Let Peace be Their Memorial – Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War a wreath laying ceremony commemorating civilian victims of war and conflict
This free, public, city sanctioned event is again co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies and the BC Humanist Association at the south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park (Burrard @ 1st Ave) from 2:30 to 3:45pm on Remembrance Day. A colour poster is available here (76kb 8.5×11″). Participants will include representatives from Médecins Sans Frontières , Innocence Lost Foundation , David Suzuki Foundation and WILPF.
You are invited to the re-launch of Kim Goldberg’s Submarine Dead Ahead: Waging peace in America’s Nuclear Colony.
This book chronicles the activities of the local and historic “Nanoose Conversion Campaign”, a creative and dedicated group of peace activists which brought attention to the fact that American nuclear powered and nuclear capable warships were using the test range at Nanoose and travelling through our local waters.
Kim will read from her book and sign copies. All proceeds from sales will go to WILPF, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. This promises to be an exciting afternoon with past members of the Nanoose Conversion Campaign in attendance and a lively discussion guaranteed. With Canada’s refusal to sign and ratify The Nuclear Prohibition Treaty last month, this will be a very relevant afternoon. Please join us for this free event and bring your friends! For further information, call 250 753 3015.