Stamps Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Canada’s First Internment Operations
16 December 2014 – Ottawa – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce that a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Canada’s First National Internment Operations is available for purchase.
During the First World War, thousands of Canadians, many of them of Ukrainian heritage, were designated “enemy aliens” and incarcerated under the War Measures Act in 24 internment camps across Canada, not for what they had done but for who they were or where they had come from. The Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF), undertook to design a Canada Post Picture Postage Permanent Stamp as part of their efforts to ensure that the story of Canada’s First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920 receive proper recognition among Canadians. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has organized these stamps to be made available to the general public through a grant by the Endowment Council of the CFWWIRF.
The stamp was officially unveiled on 31 March, 2014 at the Senate of Canada. The ceremony was hosted by the Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Senator, and attended by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Minister for Multiculturalism. Minister Kenney stated at the ceremony, “Although the internees are no longer with us, acts of recognition such as this commemorative stamp honour their memory, their sacrifice, and their devotion to Canada. I was honoured to work with the affected communities to establish the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund in 2008, and I am pleased to support this wonderful initiative.”
The CFWWIRF official logo, designed by international muralist and internee descendant Michelle Loughery was used as the image for this stamp. The colours of the logo deliberately lack vibrancy to reflect the sombre nature of the internment operations. The image of the blue maple leaf and the snowflakes conveys the coldness of the internment camps that were located behind the barbed wire fence.
“The Ukrainian Canadian community and the CFWWIRF have done enormous work to ensure that the story of Canada’s first national internment operations receive due attention in Canadian society,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “I congratulate everyone involved in the efforts to release a Canada Post stamp to honour the memory those whose basic rights were violated.”
The stamps are available for purchase in books of 12 at a cost of $15.00 per booklet at the following locations:
Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund
202-952 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3P4
Toll Free: 1-866-288-7931
UCC Head Office
203-952 Main Street
UCC National Office
130 Albert Street, Suite 806
About CFWWIRF: The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) was established to support projects that commemorate and recognize the experiences of all of the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920. For more information please visit: http://www.internmentcanada.ca/
For the 2014 Brotherhood Recognition Day, the Eparchial Brotherhood developed an Icon Card to commemorate the beginning of the 100th Anniversary of Canada’s First World War Internment Camp Operations which will be commemorated for a 5 year period which already began in 2014 and will continue on until 2020. The purpose if this Icon Card is to:
Make people aware of this atrocity.
That this really happened.
To remember all those that were interned.
To perhaps make some descendants aware of some ancestors that may have been interned.
To educate people about the “Canada War Measures Act”.
To inform that there were other ethnic peoples also interned, not only Ukrainians, although they were the majority.
The Brotherhood also prepared a Slide Show and presentation about the Internment which is being presented to:
Students enrolled in English/Ukrainian Bilingual Schools
Interested Clubs and Organizations
Ukrainian Catholic Parishes
Any other persons, clubs, organizations that express an interest in this atrocity.
The Icon Cards and presentation was developed by Bro. Joseph Synyshyn, KSV Director – Communications & Programs. Translation into Ukrainian was done by Bro. Radomir Bilash, President of the Brotherhood of St. George Ukrainian Catholic parish.
Brotherhood Recognition Day Icon Cards are prepared yearly for distribution to all Ukrainian Catholic Parishes in the Edmonton Eparchy on a Sunday that is designated as “Brotherhood Recognition Day” normally in November of each year.
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