"Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion" Conferences

In 2006 and 2007 the OWHR Institute's "Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion" Conferences were history making war resister reunion events, attracting world media coverage and together attracting over 3,000 event participants. This event was historic, providing a reunion between the US war resisters who came to Canada during the Vietnam war (in what was the largest political exodus from the US since the US Revolutionary War) and those Canadians that assisted them on their arrival. The event's goals were met including, honoring the contributions to Canadian life made by this immigrant group, and honoring the tens of thousands of Canadians that assisted them during the Vietnam war and during the current US wars in the Middle-East.

OWHR Institute brings you a "people's history", a true picture of reality to counter the pseudo-reality we have been given by the capitalist oligarchs and most educational systems and the politicians who have been transmitters of an oppressive system. This, of course, includes the "military, industrial, educational complex."
Senator McGovern addressing the audience at the 2006 OWHR event, says, ‘“We are jeopardizing the very liberties that we profess to be fighting to save by engaging in these costly and in many respects self-defeating wars.” McGovern went on to say, “I’m sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars in which young men do the dying.”
Remembering and Thanking US Senator George McGovern, Keynote Speaker, 2006 Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion. Senator McGovern was the democratic presidential nominee and the hope of the peace movement. Senator McGovern ran against Richard Nixon for the presidency of the United States in 1972. Watch video excerpts from Senator McGovern’s history making keynote address at the 2006 Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion war-resister conference.
Remembering and thanking Tom Hayden, co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society during the US War in Vietnam, Chicago Eight trial activist, California senator and as such an award winning environmental leader. Excerpts from his presentation at the OWHR 2006 event at the Capital Theatre, Nelson, BC, Canada follows (video)
OWHR Institute Director, Isaac Romano, providing a welcome at the 2006  Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion to over 500 attendees at the Saturday, July 8, 2006 afternoon historic unveiling of “The Welcoming Peace Sculpture” (3ft. bronze).  Isaac’s remarks welcomed the conference attendees and spoke to the important contribution to Canadian life made be the American’s who found refuge and made their lives in Canada during the US war in Vietnam and during the US invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Isaac’s remarks emphasized and thanked the thousands of Canadian that assisted these Americans of conscience, then (during the Vietnam War) and now during the US wars in the Middle East and North Africa.
Performing for 1,100 people Saturday evening July 8th, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s presence and moving performance of "Universal Soldier" was greeted with strong enthusiasm. Buffy spoke and introduced "Universal Soldier" and how she wrote the song while backstage waiting to go on stage to perform. "Universal Soldier" was a leading anthem in the US, Canada and world-wide of the peace movement during the Vietnam war and is a leading peace anthem internationally, to this day. Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian singer and a multiple Grammy Award Winner. Closing video song by Country Joe McDonald who's singing captivated the event attendees. We thank ARK Productions video producer, Happy, for his creative beautiful film work.
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