Peace Gathering Agenda

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On behalf of the Womens International  League for Peace and Freedom,

I welcome you here today.

We thank the Snaw-Naw-as Mustimuxw First Nation for the land we are gathering on today.  Haych qu.

 The  Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Range ( CFMETR) base is on the unceded lands of the Te’mexw Treaty Association. The Snaw-naw-as Nation has recently asked for a portion of their land back for a community park.

We support their efforts and will look for ways to assist

where necessary and appropriate.

We are gathering on Remembrance Day to remember all the casualties of war including

children killed, injured or orphaned by war,

refugees  fleeing conflict,

citizens relocated,  ostracized and lands stolen

Indigenous victims of genocide and cultural destruction,

 women raped in war,

and the environmental destruction caused by wars.

 We understand that increased militarism only escalates conflict

and we urge real dialogue and communication in ongoing wars today.

Together we reaffirm our commitment to  peace.

In being here, we follow our code of peace:

I will act in a peaceful and positive way with my words,

with my tone and with my physical body.

I will listen to the perspective  of  others.

I will not respond to provocation.

Please  move back to allow any vehicles through to or from the base

and act with respect.

Since it is a cold day, we will be brief.

We will have a song,

then a few words from anyone who would like to speak  ( max  3 minutes)

then Brad from the  Freedom from War  Coalition  will say a few words

and introduce a moment of silence.

There will be a second song

and then we will officially adjourn

and those who  want to stay can continue to share music or visit.

Thank you all.

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Peace Gathering

Peace Gathering

A peace gathering will take place this year at the gates of CFMETR at Nanoose Bay On November 11th at 1 pm.

Canada plays host to several countries at the base that is jointly operated with the USA. Nuclear powered and nuclear capable submarines travel through our waters on their way to Nanoose Bay where they test unarmed torpedoes.

The base is on the unceded lands of the Te’mexw Treaty Association.

The Snaw-naw-as Nation has recently asked for a portion of their land back for a community park.

“We support their efforts. We also support a focus on peaceful conflict resolution.

War has no victors, only death and destruction.” said spokesperson Dyane Brown,

“Increased militarism only escalates the conflict. The threat of nuclear weapons makes efforts for real dialogue and compromise essential in the current war between Russia and NATO over Ukraine.

This will be a quiet reflective gathering.

There will be some music, some talking, and a moment of silence remembering all the victims of war both military and civilian.“

The event is organized by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo Branch

and the Freedom From War Coalition.

Everyone is welcome.

WHITE POPPY

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Remembering the children who are now orphans.

Remembering all the victims of war both military and civilian.“

 

Jane Addams –founder of WILPF in 1915

during World War I stated–

“I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war

but the nurture of human life,

and that in time this nurture would do away with war

as a natural process.

Lanterns for Peace Ceremony 2022

We want to thank everyone who participated in the Peace Lanterns event.

It was a special time and each person contributed so much-whether singing, speaking, playing instruments, listening,placing lanterns in the water and paddling a canoe. Thank you.

Together we affirmed our need for peace.

Lanterns for peace 2022

Lanterns for Peace Ceremony August  6th, 2022

Prelude:   8.30  pm  Peace songs by Janette Briere and  Frank Graham

Emcee –  Theresa Hood 

9 pm -Welcome 

Mayor Leonard Krog reading the Proclamation for the City of Nanaimo and a few words …

Eleanor Sinclair, Patti Patstone and Kirsty McDonald  playing harps


Diane Brennan reading a message from MP, Lisa Marie Barron.

Paulette  Roscoe reading a message from MLA  Sheila Malcolmson

Tami Hirasawa from the Central Vancouver Island  Japanese Canadian Society

Also known as 7 Potatoes http://www.sevenpotatoes.com

Janis Harper  singing “Imagine”

..9.30 lanterns

Harp music while lanterns are carried to the water

To continue the theme of the Peace Lanterns Ceremony –An important event coming on Tuesday August 9, 2022

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day 77th Anniversary Commemoration

Virtual event happening Tuesday Aug 9th at 4 pm on Zoom.

Please register to listen to the important messages about the
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) from Setsuko Thurlow. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday June 29, 2022

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Please join us at noon on

Wednesday June  29th at Diana Krall Plaza in Nanaimo

to participate in “No to NATO”,

a national campaign from June 24th to  30th to raise consciousness

about  the dangers of belonging to an aggressive nuclear-armed alliance

with first-strike capacity.

We will likely walk briefly to the corner of

Commercial street

and the highway  near Port Place Mall.

To urge Canada to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 

Today–June 17, 2022 —

A group of Nanaimo citizens were at the  Diana Krall Plaza at noon on Friday to urge Canada to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 86 countries have signed this agreement and 61 have ratified it.  Next week from June  21 to 23rd the first meeting of these states  takes place in  Vienna, Austria. 

“Canada needs to  have representation at this important meeting even if only as an observer.” says Dyane Brown, representative of the Nanaimo chapter of the Womens’ International League for Peace and Freedom. “With the military build up in Europe, USA and Canada,  there is a  greater risk of nuclear war.” This Treaty is the first one to  completely outlaw nuclear weapons.

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Donation for the Ukraine

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WILPF NANAIMO

We collected $235 at the Peace Vigil for the Ukraine on March 20, 2022. The total donation amount is $470.00 with federal funds matching program.

Donations will go to local Nanaimo branch of Red Cross, they are set up to channel funds directly to Ukraine humanitarian aid. 🕊

Thank you to all who donated to help the Ukranian people.

Vigil for Peace in Ukraine

 

We want to thank everyone who came to the Vigil.

Even though it was a cold windy day on March 20th,

the Vigil had a good turnout of people

with signs and wearing blue and yellow.

We had a few speakers and then 2 minutes of silence to focus on the Ukranian situation. We then sang the lines “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Then we all walked to Terminal Street and got a lot of support from drivers passing by.

Thank you to Sheila Malcolmson MLA and Lisa Marie Barrons MP
for attending with encouraging words.

Thank you to Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin for the article and photographs in the Nanaimo Bulletin.

Community members in Nanaimo call for end to war in Ukraine