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:

Letter to the PM on defence and foreign policy, October 17, 2020

Dyane Brown, WILPF Nanaimo, has sent the following letter to Trudeau, the  Defence minister, the Foreign Affairs minister, and MP Paul Manly. Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are very concerned that in the midst of this pandemic  that you are considering spending $19 billion on the purchase of  88 combat planes. These fighter jets are incredibly expensive to maintain costing  $15,000 an hour to run and leaving a  huge carbon footprint. They will not protect Canada but will be used to further destabilize the world. We urge you to change the direction of this government to focus, not on war, but on peace. We urge you to take the following steps: Cancel the call for new fighter jets Sign the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Find ways to work towards peace within NATO or leave NATO. We do not need to belong to a military alliance that has shown itself to be aggressive and provocative, bombing Serbia, Libya, Syria and Iran, and now engaging in provocative actions near Russia’s borders. Direct funds from the military budget to ensure that primary needs of Canadians are being met, needs like good health, clean water and shelter. Canada’s military budget is the 14th highest in the world ...
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WEBINAR: Challenging Canada’s $19 Billion Warplane Purchase

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM (PDT) Please join the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and World Beyond War for our upcoming event with Green MP Paul Manly, NDP MP Leah Proud Lakota Gazan and activist Tamara Lorincz to discuss Canada's $19 billion fighter jet purchase. Don't miss! #NoNewFighterJets #Demilitarize #Decarbonize. Save your spot by registering at https://actionnetwork.org/events/challengingfighterjets?clear_id=true&fbclid=IwAR0r6E8Cn4c8XAzuKN6Hdi_foejFugCdj_W0x4X7Vj3yC-et9oxEcuhNaz4 The Trudeau government is planning to buy 88 new fighter jets for $19 billion but that doesn’t include life-cycle costs. It’s the second most expensive procurement in Canadian history. Canada can’t decarbonize and buy carbon-intensive combat aircraft. Fighter jets are bad for the climate and harm people. We should be building not bombing. We need green jobs not war jobs. Say NO NEW FIGHTER JETS. TAKE ACTION: Please contact your Member of Parliament and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell them that you do NOT want your tax dollars spent to purchase new costly, carbon-intensive fighter jets, call the PM at: 613-992-4211 or email him: pm@pm.gc.ca Sign the petition “No New Fighter Jets for Canada”:  https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/cancel-the-19-billion-fighter-jet-purchase-use-the-funds-for-the-green-new-deal ...
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No to the purchase of fighter jets! Wilpfers demonstrate outside Defense Minister Harjit Sajjin’s office.

On October 2nd, 2020, Ellen Woodsworth and other Wipfers demonstrated outside Defense Minister Harjit Sajjin’s office, as part of a Pan-Canadian Day of Action. Ellen read a letter to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in front of his (empty) constituency office in Vancouver Friday noon, protesting Canada’s federal government plans to purchase 88 fighter jets at a cost of $19 billion: ...
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Sept. 21: International Day of Peace

In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and following the United Nations lead, Vancouver's mayor Kennedy Stewart has proclaimed September 21st, 2020 as the International Day of Peace. WILP Canada supports and applauds the City of Vancouver for taking this step. ...
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WILPF Canada’s position on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction Israel (BDS)-campaign

In response to a request from the German section of WILPF, the following letter was sent on August 8, 2020: As individual members, most of us have supported the BDS movement all along but we are happy to state that we as a section of WILPF endorse it in principle. The annexation of the Palestinian Settlements is in complete violation of International law and it is our position that we have the right to advocate and take peaceful measures to get Israel to comply with international law. BDS is a legitimate, non- violent protest to protect the rights of the Palestinian people. The Government of Canada has always taken the position that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory and that it does not form part of the State of Israel. The Canadian government opposed Israel’s construction of the barrier inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is contrary to international law under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Canada has taken the position that Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are a violation of this convention. However, the government of Canada, in its efforts to develop an antiracism strategy, adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism last year. There is ...
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