Conference: War and the Conscientious Objector

On October 20 and 21, 2006, a free, public history conference at The University of Winnipeg will highlight the role of Canadian conscientious objectors in WWII.

Throughout WWII, nearly 60 per cent of Mennonite men called to military service refused, opting to participate in the alternative service program negotiated by Mennonite leaders with the federal government. This conference will take a critical look at the experiences of those conscientious objectors, and reflect on the experiences of present-day speakers who hold those values today. Speakers from across Canada and a multiplicity of faiths—including United Church, Jehovah’s Witness, Quaker, and Brethren in Christ denominations—will share their perspectives and experiences.

Lectures will be held in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

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