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Unveiling of Calgary, Alberta First World War Internment Operations Interpretive Panel

Media Advisory: (Calgary, AB, June 8, 2023)

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (UCCLF) invite you to attend the official unveiling of an educational and commemorative exhibit marking Canada’s First World War internment operations of 1914 to 1920.

WHEN: Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m. (MT)

WHERE: Ukrainian Pioneers Park, 600 block of 7th Avenue NE, (across from the Assumption of the BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church), Calgary, Alberta.

In 24 camps across Canada, more than 8,000 men, women, and children (primarily Ukrainians), invited by the Dominion government to settle the West, were unjustly interned as enemy aliens under the War Measures Act, their possessions taken, and not all returned.

Another 80,000 others were forced to register semi-regularly with authorities. They suffered, not because of anything they had done, but because of where they came from. Many remained “in fear of the barbed wire fence” long after their release.

The affected communities included Ukrainians, Austrian, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Poles, Romanians, Serbians, Slovaks, Slovenes and others, of which most were civilians.

For further information, please e-mail or Borys Sydoruk @ 403.903.5013


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