Peace Quest Cape Breton (PQCB) was formed in the traumatic wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Originally an initiative of members of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity in Glace Bay, PQCB is an informal citizens’ group open to followers of all faiths (and none), joined by a common belief in the need to build and foster peace, justice and cooperation from the personal to the planetary scale.
Highlights of the group’s work and achievements to date include:
Since 2002, holding varied events to commemorate Hiroshima Day (August 6).
In 2002-2003 leading local efforts, including major demonstrations, to prevent Canadian involvement in any US-led invasion of Iraq
In 2013, after a 7-year campaign, persuading the Cape Breton Regional Municipality
(CBRM) to join Mayors for Peace, the Hiroshima-based coalition of councils working for
a nuclear-weapon-free world.
Since 2014, working to publicize the international Humanitarian Initiative aimed at the
abolition of nuclear weapons.
Since 2017, working to promote, and encourage the Government of Canada to sign, the
2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the ‘Ban Treaty’).
Throughout the centenary of the First World War (2014-2019), holding numerous talks
and events to tell the human truth, and counter the nationalist and militarist lies, of that terrible conflict.
Throughout its history, hosting and co-sponsored talks and discussions at Cape Breton
University aimed at raising student awareness of issues of war, peace and social,
economic, and environmental justice.
In November 2017, Peace Quest Cape Breton was formally welcomed as a member of the
International Peace Bureau (IPB), the world’s oldest peace alliance, founded in 1892 and
continuing as a vibrant network of ant-war activists across the globe.