An Overview of Canada and the Vietnam War

Introduction The Vietnam War had considerable effects on Canada, but Canada and Canadians also affected the war. The Canadian government did not participate in the war. It contributed to peacekeeping forces in 1973 to help enforce the Paris Peace Accords. Privately, some Canadians contributed to the war effort. Canadian corporations sold war material to the… Read More


Who was Michael Matteson?

Introduction Michael Matteson was an anti-war activist who resisted conscription into the Australian Army during the Vietnam War, due to his anarchist philosophy and principles. Refer to Robert Martin. Outline In 1972, Matteson was being escorted by two Commonwealth policemen – handcuffed to one at each wrist – as he had previously taken part in… Read More

Who was Robert Martin?

Introduction Robert Martin (born 1949) is an Australian historian who resisted conscription for military service during the Vietnam War. Refer to Michael Matteson. Outline Martin refused to register for conscription, holding an objection to the Vietnam War in particular. In late 1971 he was sentenced to one week in Adelaide Gaol as a conscientious non-complier… Read More

What is the War Resisters Support Campaign?

Introduction The War Resisters Support Campaign (WRSC) is a Canadian non-profit community organisation, founded in April 2004 in Toronto, Ontario to mobilise support among Canadians and worldwide to convince the Canadian government to offer sanctuary to all US military personnel who wish to come to Canada because of their opposition to the invasion and occupation… Read More

What is War Resisters’ International?

Introduction War Resisters’ International (WRI), headquartered in London, is an international anti-war organisation with members and affiliates in over 30 countries. Refer to War Resister and War Resisters Support Campaign. Brief History War Resisters’ International was founded in Bilthoven, Netherlands in 1921 under the name “Paco”, which means “peace” in Esperanto. WRI adopted a founding… Read More

What is the War Resisters League?

Introduction The War Resisters League (WRL) is the oldest secular pacifist organisation in the United States. Refer to War Resister, War Resisters’ International, and War Resisters Support Campaign. Brief History Founded in 1923 by men and women who had opposed World War I, it is a section of the London-based War Resisters’ International. It continues… Read More

What is a War Resister?

Introduction A war resister is a person who resists war. The term can mean several things: resisting participation in all war, or a specific war, either before or after enlisting in, being inducted into, or being conscripted into a military force. Brief History Early usage of the term “war resister” is found in the name… Read More