White Poppies is an initiative for a more broadly focused Remembrance Day in Canada.
We want to encourage Canadians to broaden their Remembrance Day focus to include the civilians who now make up 90% of conflict victims; to challenge the beliefs, values and institutions that make war seem inevitable; and to urge our government to promote and fund effective non-military means of dispute resolution.
Since 2008 Vancouver Peace Poppies (VPP) has run an annual fall campaign to distribute white peace poppies across Canada. Introduced in Britain in 1933, these lapel poppies can be worn alone, or alongside the red poppy to show your commitment to ending war and to recognize all its victims.
Since 2016 we have hosted ‘Let Peace be Their Memorial’, an annual wreath-laying ceremony. Held in Vancouver, BC on the afternoon of November 11, it commemorates civilian victims of war. This city-sanctioned event has been well attended, with no negative publicity.
We offer subsidized lapel poppies for use in elementary and secondary school classrooms. Our website offers projects and topics ideas for all ages, mixed poppy wreath materials, electronic resource links and more.