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Breaking the cycle of war: John Siebert

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
October 10th, 2011

Selkirk College’s Mir Lecture Series and Columbia Basin Trust present John Siebert of Project Ploughshares, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. 

Founded in 1976, Project Ploughshares is the ecumenical peace centre of the Canadian Council of Churches and is committed to “breaking the cycle of war.”

Siebert shares this belief and speaks about Canada’s military role in our world today, and his vision for Canada in acting as a leader in breaking the cycle of war.

Project Ploughshares undertakes research and policy development on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and the control and reduction of conventional weapons including small arms.  Their work also includes peace building with partners in the Horn of Africa and the Caribbean, and critical evaluation of Canada’s foreign and defense policy from a human security framework.  As executive director of Project Ploughshares since 2005, Siebert is pleased to be in Nelson as part of the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series.  He will discuss the strong military capability at the centre of Canadian foreign policy, referring to the ancient Chinese military text, The Art of War, which cautions that being strong without being smart will result in defeat.  

“The emphasis, by the Canadian government, has been put on strengthening the Canadian Forces, to re-group them and re-connect the military back to Canadians,” says Mr. Siebert, “but it should have been placed on peace-keeping.”

 Join John Siebert Wednesday October 12, 7:00 PM, at the Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street, in Nelson.  Tickets for adults are $12, seniors and students $10 and are available online at or by phone 250.352.6363.  

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