August 6th and 9th will mark 75 years since atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people.
The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons* (CNANW) will host a virtual event on August 6th from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern to honour the victims of this unspeakable act, and to consider new action to help rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Featured Speakers :
Ms. Setsuko Thurlow O.C. – who, as a 13 year old girl survived the bombing of Hiroshima and became a lifelong activist for nuclear abolition. In 2017, Ms. Thurlow, with Ms. Beatrice Fihn, co-accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for its work in advancing negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;
The Honourable Douglas Roche, O.C. – former Senator, Ambassador for Disarmament and, among many other things, founding Chair of the CNANW;
Mr. Alain Dondainaz – Head of Mission to Canada of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
Ms. Peggy Mason, former Ambassador for Disarmament and current President of the Rideau Institute;
Ms. Ray Acheson – Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF);
Mr. Cesar Jaramillo – Executive Director of Project Ploughshares;
Professor Michel Duguay – former Coordinator of the Let’s Move Quebec Out of Nuclear movement and, more recently, has written extensively about genomics and the essential unity of humanity.
Moderator: Earl Turcotte – Chair of the CNANW
Following brief presentations, there will be discussion on the way forward toward a nuclear weapons free world. The event will end with a ceremonial ringing of a bell 75 times to mark each year since the bombs were dropped.
Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the date.
Please note that we will use the Zoom Webinar software. For free registration, please the button below.
We hope that you join us on this solemn anniversary. Expect to leave inspired and more determined than ever to relegate nuclear weapons to the dustbin of history!
CNANW Steering Committee
Earl Turcotte (Chair)
Bev Delong (Past Chair)
Rob Acheson (Treasurer)
Dr. Adele Buckley
Dr. Nancy Covington
Dr. Jonathan Down
* The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) was established in 1996 by representatives of national organizations that share the conviction that nuclear weapons are immoral and should be abolished. We believe that Canada should lead in working for their early abolition.
· Canadian Disarmament Information Service
Photo credit: wikimedia images (A-bomb testing)