UCC Statement on National Internment Commemoration Day

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ottawa.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) issued the following statement on National Internment Commemoration Day:

“In 2014, the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and the UCC Internment Committee adopted resolutions designating October 28 as National Internment Commemoration Day in Canada. On this day, we commemorate Canada’s First National Internment Operations (1914-1920) – the forced internment of 8,579 Ukrainians and other Europeans, who were branded ‘enemy aliens’ and sent to 24 internment camps across Canada. Men, women, and children suffered during Canada’s First National Internment Operations, not because of anything they had done, but only because of who they were and where they had come from. On this day, we remember the victims of this injustice. And we are united in our resolve to bring an end to prejudice and discrimination, wherever they may appear. We encourage all Canadians to mark this important day of commemoration in their communities. The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund is supporting many valuable initiatives on Canada’s First National Internment Operations. For more information please visit internmentcanada.ca

Ryan Boyko’s film series The Camps explores history of Canada’s First Internment Operations

In September 2016, the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund launched a series of films about Canada’s First National Internment Operations – “The Camps”, by Ryan Boyko of Armistice Films. The films can be found at the CFWWIRF interactive, digital map internmentcanada.ca/map.cfm