Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace


Posted by strattof on May 5, 2016

In North America, Mother’s Day comes from an anti-war Mother’s Day Proclamation written in 1870 by US suffragette, abolitionist, and peace activist Julia Ward Howe. 

Horrified by the carnage of the American Civil War, Howe became a crusader for peace and for the equality of all people, regardless of race, religion, or gender.

Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation calls on women everywhere to rise up against war. As a passage from it shows, Howe’s original words are as relevant in 2016 as they were in 1870: 

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts,

Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!  


Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn

All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.

We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.


From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.

It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

It is not too late to answer Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day call for world peace and justice.



  • Canada has been almost continuously at war in Muslim countries since 2003: Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria.
  • In 2014, mere months after bringing the last soldiers home from Afghanistan, the Harper government committed Canada to military action in Iraq.
  • In April 2015, the Harper government extended Canada’s military mission in Iraq for another 12 months, until March 2016, and expanded it into Syria.
  • In March 2016, the Trudeau government extended Canada’s military mission in Iraq and Syria for another 12 months, until March 2017, and budgeted it over a three-year period to 2019.



The result of a six-year study of the history and legacy of Indian residential schools, which included archival research and the testimony of 6,750 residential school survivors, this damning report documents

  • The brutal truth about Canada’s residential school system;
  • The appalling treatment of Indigenous children at the schools;
  • The far-reaching consequences of the abuses; and
  • The continuation of the abuse today.

The report also tells us what we must do to repair this historical and on-going wrong.


Reconciliation requires individual and collective action. Here are three key recommendations from the TRC report:

30 Reduce the number of Indigenous children in care.

43. Fully adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

62. Make teaching about residential schools and Indigenous history mandatory in the public education system, K – 12.


When:             Saturday May 7, 3 – 4:30 pm

Where:           Meet at Knox-Met, corner of Lorne & Victoria

What:             Did you know that, in the 1950s, a landmark Regina hotel refused to rent a room to Paul Robeson? The walk will visit a number of downtown Regina locations associated with issues of peace and justice in order to remember the past, examine the present, and look to a more just and peaceful future.




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