CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: For the position of Chair of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund

    The Shevchenko Foundation is seeking a Chair for the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) to serve for a minimum of one year with the possibility of subsequent reappointment for additional terms.

    The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund exists to support projects that commemorate and recognize the experiences of all the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920.

    The Chair shall have the relevant experience to ensure the Endowment Council carries out its mandate and objectives as governed by the Government Agreement.

    The candidate credentials shall include academic experience related to Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920 or other similar relevant experience.

    During Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920 thousands of men, women and children were branded as “enemy aliens.” Many were imprisoned. Stripped of what little wealth they had, forced to do heavy labour in Canada’s hinterlands, they were also disenfranchised and subjected to other state sanctioned censures not because of anything they had done but only because of where they had come from, who they were.

    In May 2008, representatives of the Ukrainian Community reached an agreement with the Government of Canada providing for the creation of an endowment fund to support commemorative, educational, scholarly and cultural projects intended to remind all Canadians of this episode in our nation’s history.

    The position of Chair shall not represent the interests of any ethno-cultural community affected by the First World War Internment.

    The Chair shall have experience in the development of strategies, and objectives.

    Submit your interest and Curriculum Vitae by July 17, 2020 to:

    The Shevchenko Foundation Board of Directors
    202- 952 Main Street
    Winnipeg, MB R2W 3P4

    For more information on this position contact the Shevchenko Foundation Executive Director, Bohdana Bashuk toll free at 1-866-524-5314.


    To All Affected Communities of Canada’s first national internment operations, 1914 to 1920

    During Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920 thousands of men, women and children were branded as “enemy aliens.” Many were imprisoned. Stripped of what little wealth they had, forced to do heavy labour in Canada’s hinterlands, they were also disenfranchised and subjected to other state sanctioned censures not because of anything they had done but only because of where they had come from, who they were.

    In May 2008 the Ukrainian Canadian community and the Government of Canada reached an agreement establishing an Endowment called the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) to support projects that commemorate and recognize the experiences of the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914–1920. The work of the Fund is overseen by the Endowment Council comprised of seven members and an internee descendent representative.

    To ensure appropriate representation on the Endowment Council, we encourage those organizations that represent the affected communities (other than Ukrainian) to nominate individuals that are knowledgeable about this period of Canada’s history. The submitted names will be considered as potential candidates for the Endowment Council.

    The Board of Directors of the Shevchenko Foundation is currently seeking a representative from the affected communities. This appointment is for a two-year fixed term.

    We invite you to submit names of individuals along with their resumes by July 17, 2020. Please contact the program manager for an application form.

    We also request that if you are an umbrella organization in your community, that you disseminate this information to your branches across Canada.

    Please submit names to:
    The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund
    202- 952 Main Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    R2W- 3P4
    Attention: Andrea Malysh, Program Manager
    Or Email: malysh@internmentcanada.ca

    If you require more information please contact the Program Manager toll free at 1-866-288-7931.