White Poppies are for a culture of peace

This Year Wear a White Poppy...

...Because Remembering is Important,
But it Isn't Enough

We can provide White Peace Poppies in Canada. Do take a look at our Buy or Make Poppies page on depots around Vancouver and how to make your own

In 2018, we are once again offering subsidized poppies for use in elementary and secondary school classrooms. This is made possible by generous supporters. Teachers also helped us assemble classroom materials.         More about white poppies in schools ...

In 2017

  • Thu. Nov. 9th - Evening of Peace Songs and Poetry at Notional Space , 1523 East Pender (near Commercial) Door 7:30 pm. Concert 8 pm.
    Featuring the Left Coast Labour Chorus; Re:Sisters; Jim Edmondson & Madeleine DeLittle; Ruth Walmsley and Friends, Bill Hood & Georgina Arntzen; plus poets Christopher Levenson, Leslie Timmins, Ken Klonskey and others. =
  • Read article in October 2017 issue of Common Ground Magazine

  • Book Tour Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars by William (Bill) Geimer. Saturday July 15 6:30pm at People’s Co-Op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.
    As a veteran of the US 82nd Airborne Division and through his work as a lawyer and law professor emeritus, Bill presents a compelling case that Canada can end its fealty to powerful patrons like the UK and the US and instead make a more valuable contribution to international relations.
    Available in Victoria from the author, Monroe Books and Chapters; in Vancouver from People's Co-op Bookstore

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    Teresa's VIPDN talk about Remembrance Day

    May 13 2017 PROVINCIAL PEACE AND DISARMAMENT SUMMIT at University of Victoria, organized by Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network. See vipdn.org
    Slides from presentation: Slideshow-VPP@VIPDN.pptx (13MB)

    Click to see Teresa's VIPDN talk about Remembrance Day (YouTube 17m)

    In 2016

    In 2014

    In 2013

    • November 11 at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Vancouver's Grandview Park, Father Hollander focused on the importance of justice, kindness and reconciliation, quoting "Swords into Ploughshares" and Micah 6:8 . He acknowledged civilian victims of war and wore a white poppy alongside the red, and nobody took offence.
    • Listen to Teresa speak to Garth Materie on CBC radio Saskatoon about White Poppies in November 2013 Poppy-131107-cbc-sk.mp3 (MP3 6.5MB 5m50s, right-click to download).

    In 2012

    • press conference November 2, 2012
      On Friday November 2 at 10:30am we held a campaign launch and press conference at Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery. Veterans Woodrow Coward and David Laskey spoke about the importance of remembering all victims of war. We unveiled a pair of wreaths with white and red poppies to illustrate the relative count of civilians and military victims in modern wars, and also talked about the environmental impact of war.

    • See Nov.11 2012 video of Bill Geimer " Pre-Dawn Commemoration of Military and Civilian Deaths" in Victoria on Pasifik.ca (4m30s on YouTube), alongside many videos of important social justice events.

    • Read Nov.01 2012 article about White Poppies in Vancouver in Courier OnLine

    • Read Nov.09 2012 article about White Poppies in Canada in vancouver.24hrs.ca by Kendall Walters. Published in many community papers across Canada.

    We started wearing handmade white poppies several years ago.  For us, wearing both red and white poppies is a way of saying "Remember the fallen, including civilians, and work for peace".  We have had many meaningful conversations with strangers that started with "What's the white poppy for?".

        In 1934 the first campaign to distribute white poppies for peace was launched.  79 years later, the world has seen over 300 wars, and the killing of more than 200 million people.  Let's work to make peace their memorial.

    More about why wear a white poppy ...

    Website: PeacePoppies.ca