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On November 19 and 20, 1949, the Saskatchewan Peace Conference was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Conference delegates believed that the economic well-being of Canada and maintenance of world peace depended on the establishment of friendly trade relations among all countries. The delegates resolved to further their beliefs through the establishment of the Saskatchewan Peace Council. The mandate of the Council was to build and strengthen the peace movement through the establishment of local councils; to promote peace through radio broadcasts; to appeal to youth through social and cultural activities; and to establish study groups and research committees for the gathering and dissemination of information.
The first Provincial Executive of the Saskatchewan Peace Council consisted of Louis Lloyd (Honorary President), Mabel Hanway (Chairman), Dr. F.W. Hanley (First Vice-President) and Connie O'Reagan (Secretary-Treasurer). Council headquarters were in Regina.
The Saskatchewan Peace Council lobbied governments at all levels to advance the cause of world peace and disarmament. The Council organized demonstrations at the Saskatchewan Legislature and submitted briefs to members of the Legislative Assembly, city council, commissions and boards of inquiry. The Council also circulated petitions, conducted forums, conferences and public meetings, and arranged for art exhibitions by ethnic minorities and/or for works with peace-related themes.
The Saskatchewan Peace Council worked closely with the Canadian Peace Congress in order to achieve its goals and bring greater publicity to its activities. The Council frequently organized speaking tours and petition drives with the participation of Canadian Peace Congress President James (Gareth) Endicott. The Council also maintained relations with other local, national and international organizations.