Conscientious objectors tree planting

A Moment from Yesterday

December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 1
Conrad Stoesz |
Photo: Conference of Mennonites in Canada Photo Collection

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During the Second World War, Canadian conscientious objectors (COs) planted 17 million trees in British Columbia between 1942 and1944. Some COs questioned the use of working in the “bush.” Pictured from left to right: Frank Dyck, Jacob Wiebe, Menno Wiebe and Rudy Regehr returned to Campbell River, B.C., in 1966 to see the trees that they had planted. In 1995, these trees were estimated to be worth $1.7 billion. Sometimes it takes decades to see the results of our labours.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see https://archives.mhsc.ca/

Photo: Conference of Mennonites in Canada Photo Collection

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