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The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been endorsed by 122 nations, and will become international law for more than 51 ratifying States on January 22, 2021. Regrettably, Canada boycotted negotiations in 2017 and has refused to sign or ratify this landmark Treaty.

Nuclear weapons, along with climate change and pandemics, are the greatest threats facing human civilization. An exchange of even 1% of the global arsenal of 13,400 nuclear weapons would kill tens of millions of people. It would plunge the planet into a nuclear winter and result in widespread famine, killing billions more.

The world was not adequately prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Committee of the Red Cross asserts that it is impossible to prepare for nuclear holocaust. Humanity’s only hope is prevention through the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Canadians have a right to know, and to hear from our national leaders, how nuclear weapons could impact human health, health care systems, the environment, the economy, the global biosphere and the future of life on earth.

The undersigned, therefore, respectfully call upon the Government of Canada to have Parliament debate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to allow the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to hold public hearings on the Treaty and on Canada’s role in advancing global nuclear disarmament.


The above appeal to Parliament will be published in English and French in the Hill Times (Ottawa) on January 20, 2021. If you would like to endorse the statement and have your name or that of your organization published in the Hill Times, please contact Anton Wagner at antonwagner337@gmail.com

Setsuko Thurlow's Appeal to Justin Trudeau

Support Setsuko's June 2020 letter to Prime Minister Trudeau; send an email directly to Justin Trudeau using the Action Network online letter writing platform courtesy of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: actionnetwork.org/letters/75th-anniversary-of-hiroshima-nagasaki-canada-must-sign-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons-2

Right-click on the links to download PDFs or view webpages from the list below:

Hiroshima Seen: Survivors Picture the Nuclear Age

See a sample of the exhibit on our website, and the full presentation at imagearts.ryerson.ca/hiroshima/.

“How have the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki affected you personally?”

Visit the photographic documentary at: