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.