75 Years: Canada, Nuclear Weapons and the UN Ban Treaty
Demonstration on Sparks Street in Ottawa, circa 1963, opposes the Pearson Liberal government’s agreement to allow U.S. nuclear missiles on Canadian soil.
Thursday, August 6 — 7:00-8:30 pm EDT Organized by Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition Facebook
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The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition invites those interested to participate in the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the atomic bombings. The commemoration will focus on 75 years of living with the threat of nuclear war, and the wisdom gained from its survivors. The main speaker will be Setsuko Thurlow who inaugurated the annual commemorations in Toronto in 1975.
Setsuko Thurlow has been engaged throughout her life in public education and advocacy for nuclear disarmament. She jointly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in 2017.
Peace activist and historian Phyllis Creighton, will sketch Canada’s role in creating the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, its nuclear industry’s reckless endangering of Dene workers, severely impacting the Indigenous community, Canada’s continued sale of uranium and nuclear reactors enabling more countries to become nuclear armed, and its full commitment to NORAD and NATO, both nuclear alliances relying on nuclear weapons.
Music by Grammy-nominated flautist Ron Korb and photos, animation and brief excerpts from documentaries will show major highlights in the 75-year long effort to abolish nuclear weapons.
Painting by Hideo Kimura who at twelve survived the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The painting was shown as part of an exhibition of art by survivors of the bombings held in Toronto in 2019. It is from the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum’s collection.