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


RECENT NEWS:

Let Peace be Their Memorial

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.

 

Nov. 9: Book launch in Nanaimo, 2 pm at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library

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.

May 27: Patsy George will talk about the U.N. Association and its work locally.

Six members have committed to coming. Let’s bring the number up to ten!  Let Judy know.

Let Peace be Their Memorial – Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War

Join Us November 11 to Commemorate Civilian Victims of War and Conflict at the south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park at Burrard and First Avenue from 2:30 to 3:45pm.

Let Peace be Their Memorial – Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War will commemorate civilian victims of war and conflict.  The ceremony will the laying of wreaths, include peace songs and two or three brief presentations.

This free public, city sanctioned event is being co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies and the BC Humanist Association.

Aug. 6: Hiroshima Day in Nanaimo

Nanaimo’s fifteenth annual Lanterns for Peace Ceremony will be held on Saturday August 6th.  Lanterns will be launched at dusk at Swa A Lana Lagoon on Nanaimo’s waterfront.  This is an event for everyone including families and children.

The ceremony is to commemorate the anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb when the city of Hiroshima was reduced to ashes in 1945.
The City of Nanaimo has declared August 6th, Hiroshima  Day in Nanaimo.  This is in keeping with Nanaimo’s status as a nuclear-weapons- free city and with past proclamations by the City.

This year there will be folk dancing at 8 pm which anyone is welcome to join.  The dance will be followed by peace songs at  8.45 by The Owl and  The Pussycat.  The Lantern Ceremony begins at  9 pm and includes The Everybody Sings  Choir, The Nordli Ukelele  Group, Margaret Sutton  playing the Shakuhashi. ( Japanese flute) and words by our MP Sheila Malcolmson and MLA  Leonard Krog. The public is invited to help launch the lanterns at 9.30.

The ceremony is organized each year by the Nanaimo Chapter of WILPF.