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.
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.“
Depicting war through art can provide a different view of what we hear
or see on the news.
War is an uncreative act.
There is nothing about it that helps humanity.
Words are inadequate to reveal the horrors of it.
Many artists have shown the traumas and hardships of war.
These paintings did not glorify war as was the custom.
Here are a two of them.
a German artist who lived through two world wars.
Die Mütter [The Mothers], 1922, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4the_Kollwitz
The Parents, sheet 3 of the series »War«, 1921/1922
Woodcut, Kn 174 V c https://www.kollwitz.de/en/sheet-3-the-parents
Guernica by Pable Picasso 1937 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guernica_(Picasso)
Guernica was a Spanish town that was bombed around World War 2.
It depicts the suffering of innocent people.
This week is Disarmament Week according to the United Nations.
The UN was established October 24, 1945.
77 years have passed. We continue to hope for a more peaceful world
and we will remember the victims of war.
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 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”
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.
Invitation to Join us at the Lanterns for Peace Ceremony.