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Hiroshima Day in Nanaimo will be                                                           marked on

       August 6th,2020


        From 1-3 pm at

    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,”

said Dyane Brown from  the Women’s International  League for Peace and Freedom, organizers of the event.

“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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On Monday January 13, 2020

We have 2 events planned —

please join us —At 10 a.m. we have our WILPF meeting. and 

At Noon we are having a vigil by the                         Nanaimo Harbourfront library.


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                *****    2019

You are invited to join members of

              WILPF Nanaimo

for a half hour vigil focused on

         ” Canada Out Of NATO”

Monday December 9th; 2019 from  9.45 until  10.15 at the Diana Krall plaza  in front of the Harbourfront Library.

   At  10.15, we will go to the large meeting room

upstairs in the library for  tea and potluck snacks.



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The City of Nanaimo has declared August 6th as 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.

Lanterns will be launched at dusk about 9:30 at Swa A Lana Lagoon on the Nanaimo waterfront.  This is an event for everyone including families and children and everyone will be invited to help launch the lanterns.

The program this year will begin with peace songs at 8:30 by Tristan and Janette. 

The Lantern Ceremony will begin at 9:00 with Margaret Sutton  playing the Shakuhashi ( Japanese flute), harp music by Eleanor Sinclair, songs by Angelique. This will be  followed by messages from our MP Paul Manly, our MLA Sheila Malcolmson and our mayor Leonard Krog, finishing with a song by Micalla Wallace. 



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Many women got together for tea and snacks..we had a lot of fun meeting new people..


20180308_154505 had a wonderful speaker Sheila Malcomson.

Sheila answered many questions and  connections were made.

Beautiful vintage tea cups, homemade bread and amazing red roses!



These are the children’s art peace posters!

Beautiful…Thank you to all who entered them at the Downtown Library…and thank you to Caitlin- Children’s Librarian!

The children received either a book on Peace or art supplies.




JANUARY 15, 2018

To support the peace-building process in Korea. 

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.

This is a picture of the Sign on Sheet




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The UN adopted the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons on July 7, 2017, and the Treaty opened for signing on September 21st. Nuclear Weapons states and NATO members, including Canada, have not signed. Yet. Read the full Treaty here:
Article 1 of Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons
1. Each State Party undertakes never under any circumstances to:
(a) Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
(b) Transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly;
(c) Receive the transfer of or control over nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices directly or indirectly;
(d) Use or threaten to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;
(e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;
(f) Seek or receive any assistance, in any way, from anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;
(g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of an nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control.
October 6th, 2017: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which is a coalition of over 433 peace and disarmament groups, won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in bringing about the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons at the UN. We are part of ICAN as members of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network.
Sign-On Campaign: Sign the Ban Treaty as a citizen
 Copy the Sign-On sheet and get 20 names and signatures.
 Drop off completed sheets to 410 Superior St., Victoria
 or scan or photograph them and send them to for printing. Then destroy your original to avoid duplication.
 We will take the papers to Ottawa in the spring to show that thousands of Canadian citizens support the Treaty.
Other actions: has a Declaration of Conscience you can sign online to tell the Government to sign the Treaty.


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You are invited to the re-launch of Kim Goldberg’s

“ Submarine Dead Ahead: Waging peace in America’s Nuclear Colony”

Thursday November 9th, 2017 at  2 pm

at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library.

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.