This year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920 and the War Measures Act. Thousands of men, women and children were branded as “enemy aliens,” and interned in 24 camps established across Canada. Ukrainians, among other European nationalities, were those who were interned.
On Friday, Aug. 22, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (UCCLF) will be unveiling 100 plaques in commemoration of these events. All 100 plaques are scheduled to be unveiled at 11 a.m. (local time) in Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, as well as in local and regional museums and other public venues, creating a “wave” of unveilings, moving from east to west, from coast to coast.
MP Cathy McLeod advises that she will be joining the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in unveiling the plaque in Kamloops. The plaque will be unveiled at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church (109 Tranquille Road, Kamloops) at 11 a.m., and the unveiling is open to the public.
This initiative, the CTO (“One Hundred”) project, enjoys the financial support of the UCCLF and of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.