This website has moved to www.PeacePoppies.ca effective January 12 2017
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 2016, we are once again offering subsidized poppies for use in elementary and secondary school classrooms. This is made possible by generous supporters and a 2014 Ed May Social Justice Grant from the BCTF. Teachers also helped us assemble classroom materials
Friday Nov 11 at 2:30 150 people joined us in Vancouver for
Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War
a solemn ceremony in which wreaths were laid to commemorate civilian victims of war and conflict.
This free, public, city sanctioned event was co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies
and the BC Humanist Association aat the
south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park (Burrard @ 1st Ave) from 2:30 to 3:45pm on Remembrance Day.
More details (PDF 86k).
"Universal" Wreaths were laid for • Children Killed, Injured or Orphaned by War • Conscientious Objectors & War Resisters • Medical & Aid Workers Killed While Helping Others • Child Soldiers • Refugees Fleeing Conflict • PTSD Sufferers Civilian and Military • Women Raped and Victimized in Wartime • Lost Potential From Education Disrupted by War • The Environmental Devastation Caused by War • Peace. A bit later wreaths were laid in remembrance of particular conflicts: • WWII in Asia • Atomic Bombings in Japan • Syria. Wreaths were also laid by • Vancouver Parks Board Commisioner Catherine Evans • Member of Parliament Don Davies.
After the ceremony, the wreaths were on display outside the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th (E of Oak) until Monday.
For more photos see • PeacePoppies on Google , • BC ALPHA blog , • and check this site later for more.
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.