From May 12 to May 13, 2017, we hosted the inaugural Provincial Peace & Disarmament Summit. It opened on Friday with a premiere screening of the film “A Bold Peace,” an inspiring documentary about Costa Rica’s path of demilitarization. On Saturday, we had great speakers, workshops and panels and closed with songs from the Gettin’ Higher Choir. A big thanks to all of our speakers, participants and sponsors of our inaugural Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit. It was a great success!
Check out the photos and our Summit 2017 Actions and Inspirations, a compilation of all the inspiring resources and the important actions that people shared during our closing summit session. Read our final Summit Report 2017. See also some of the media that we received about the summit.
Gratitude to our key note speakers: Jamie Swift, author of The Vimy Trap: Or How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War; Nicola Peffers, author of Refuge in the Black Deck: The Story of an Ordinary Seaman; and Bill Geimer, author of Canada: The Case for Staying out of Other People’s Wars. Thanks to Lorne Underwood for providing the First Nations welcome in the morning and to Linda and Pedro of Pasifik.ca for recording the summit.
Thank you to the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Social Environmental Alliance, Nonviolence International, PeaceQuest, Level Ground, Between the Lines and the Gettin’ Higher Choir.
Wednesday, May 31 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria.
Wednesday, June 28 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria.
Wednesday, July 26 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria.
All are welcome to attend our group meetings to help us plan for peace, disarmament, nonviolence and social justice. Representatives from the Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Peace Coalition, Peace One Day, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and more! All welcome to join us to create a culture of peace in our city, country and world. For more information about our meetings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTION: BAN THE BOMB!
Saturday, June 17 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Legislature, 501 Belleville St, Victoria.
Wear white, we will hold a banner and take a big group picture. In solidarity with Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in New York on the same day. Historic UN negotiations started at the UN last month for a convention to ban nuclear weapons but Canada is shamefully NOT participating. Call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join these important international talks to abolish nuclear weapons and protect people and the planet: email@example.com Organized by the Vancouver Island Peace & Disarmament Network and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Visit www.vipdn.org
HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI REMEMBERED
Wednesday, August 9
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Rd., Esquimalt
The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan will be held at Esquimalt Gorge Park (off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway). We join in the global call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.