‘About memory, not money’: plaque laying at Edgewood by to remember WWI internees [Article]

From the Arrow Lakes News:

Ukrainian Canadians wrongfully interned during the First World War are being honoured this coming Saturday at a plaque laying in Edgewood at 11 a.m., where one of the 24 internment camps once found across Canada was set up by the federal government under the authority of the now-notorious War Measures Act.

“The first commemorative plaque we unveiled was at Fort Henry in Kingston, in 1994, fittingly given that was where Canada’s first permanent internment camp was established in the First World War,” said Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk


“Our twenty first plaque will be installed at Edgewood, then we hope to place the 22nd at Montreal, the 23rd in Lethbridge and finally the last one, our 24th, at The Citadel, in Halifax. We’re symbolically ending our campaign for recognition in a major port city where many immigrants arriving in this country first set foot.”

Dr. Luciuk will be in attendance at the plaque unveiling as will the Conservative MP for the Dauphin-Swan Lake-Marquette riding of Manitoba, Inky Mark, who drafted and helped ensure that Bills C-331(Internment of Persons of Ukrainian Origin Recognition Act) and Bill C-333 dealing with Chinese Canadian Head Tax issue, were addressed by Parliament. Members of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund’s endowment council will also be in attendance, as will Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy. “I’m looking forward to being in Edgewood on Oct. 14 and attending this unveiling. [I] am very happy to join with the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Ukrainian Community of B.C. and the community of Edgewood in honour of this historical event,” says Conroy. “The presentation of this plaque will ensure that the contributions of the Ukrainian Canadians and other Europeans interned in such an unacceptable way are remembered.”

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