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Project Ploughshares is an operating division of The Canadian Council of Churches that works with churches, governments and civil society, in Canada and abroad, to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence and build peace.


Ploughshares was founded in 1976 by Ernie Regehr and Murray Thomson to promote peace by drawing attention to the increasing development and flow of weapons. In mid-1977 it became an operating division of The Canadian Council of Churches.

Since its founding in 1976 Ploughshares been affiliated with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite church college on the University of Waterloo campus.