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UCCLF is a Canadian Registered Charity. Donations can be mailed directly to us and are also accepted through CanadaHelps.org.  All of UCCLF’s Directors are unpaid volunteers and we do not maintain office space or have paid staff, therefore donations directly support our projects. Income tax receipts are available for all donations of any amount and are greatly appreciated.

Click here to print out the form and mail it, along with a cheque or credit card information.

Click here to make a donation via CanadaHelps.org

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What payment methods does UCCLF accept?
CanadaHelps accepts donations by credit card, including Visa, Mastercard and Amex, and by Interac Online.

Mailed in donations can be made by cheque or credit card, including Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

Can I designate my donation in honour or in memory of someone?
Yes.

How do I get my receipt?
Tax receipts can be downloaded from the canadahelps.org website once a donation is completed and are sent by email immediately following the payment of your donation(s).  Please check your email following the donation and be sure to check your junk/spam folder in case the message has been diverted by your email client.  If you have a MyCanadaHelps account, all donations and all receipts are stored online for you to be downloaded and printed at any time.

Mailed in donations will receive a tax receipt by mail within three weeks.

Is my receipt valid for tax credits?
Yes. Electronic receipts from CanadaHelps and mailed receipts from UCCLF are valid for tax filing by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Internment Historical Marker Program

Efforts to preserve and enhance cultural assets can provide important economic benefits and opportunities for greater social cohesion, reinforcing a common identity and strengthening socio-economic aspirations.  By treating our cultural heritage as a capital asset and preserving it via the Internment Historical Marker Program throughout Canada, Canadians can then hold that heritage in trust for future generations. The plaques that have been placed at the internment camp sites across the country serve to mark the spot, make a claim on the history of that part of Canada, remember the victims of the camps, and share the history with tourists and passers-by.

Prior to UCCLF obtaining formal charitable status, its members have worked with the communities in which internment camps operated throughout Canada to install commemorative plaques and statues.  These plaques identify the camp and their prisoners and are located at 20 of the 24 camp sites throughout Canada.

Installation of the existing 20 plaques has taken approximately 20 years to accomplish with countless voluntary hours of UCCLF members working with individuals from each community, including municipal and town officials to secure permission from landowners, historical society members to ensure accurate placement of the markers, and generous individuals who have donated the materials for the plaques.

UCCLF members have also worked with Parks Canada to have the trilingual interpretive panels installed at the Cave and Basin site near Banff, Alberta.

Outstanding camp sites include: Eaton, Saskatchewan; Lethbridge, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

UCCLF is striving to ensure the final plaques are installed in 2014, prior to the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first camp.  If you would like to help us accomplish this goal, please Donate Now or Volunteer.

View our Interactive Map of Internment Camps here.

Student Scholarship Program

Student Scholarship Program

The UCCLF scholarship program was established in 2008 to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the 20th century’s greatest violations of civil liberties – the Holodomor, the Great Famine throughout Soviet Ukraine.  The scholarship program assists students with their educational pursuits by providing them with financial assistance and by helping them to fulfill their educational requirements.

Encouraging students to research and write about such atrocities will increase the amount of research and information available about the Holodomor and other civil liberties atrocities.

In 2008, UCCLF launched the annual High School Civil Liberties Award and the Civil Liberties Opinion-Editorial Award.


The Foundation provides the following two scholarships to support high school and undergraduate/graduate students undertaking short essays or course work related to civil liberties themes.High School Civil Liberties Award: Valued at $500, the award will go to a high school student aged 13-18 who submits a research essay of up to 1,500 words based on a civil liberties theme.

Civil Liberties Opinion-Editorial Award: Valued at $1000, the award will go to a high school or post-secondary student whose civil liberties-based opinion-editorial appears in a major Canadian newspaper prior to deadline. The amount of this award is subject to change in the event that an op-ed from more than one student appears in a major Canadian newspaper.

All students must submit the application form that outlines eligibility requirements. An award selection committee, comprising Foundation members and academic volunteers review and adjudicate the submitted scholarship applications to determine to whom the awards should be given.

 

UCCLA approves Parks Canada plans for interpretive museum at Banff

UCCLA approves Parks Canada plans for interpretive museum at Banff

For Immediate Release (Canmore, Alta.)

Oct. 5, 2008

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) recently concluded
its annual conclave for 2008 in Canmore, Alta. 

For three days at the end of September, members of the non-profit group from
across Canada gathered in the Rocky Mountains to spent a few hours touring
Banff’s Cave and Basin, the site of an internment camp for Ukrainians and
other east Europeans during Canada’s First National Internment Operations
during and after the First World War. 

While there, the group received a short presentation by Rob Harding of Parks
Canada. He detailed his department’s plans to spend the $2.5 million it
received from the federal government in 2008 to commemorate the details of the
internment operations, including the building of an interpretive centre near
the site of the actual camp. The UCCLA was pleased to learn that Parks Canada's
work towards the development of an interpretive centre and museum at the Cave
and Basin in Banff is proceeding well. 

The UCCLA further discussed the nature of the endowment that was received by the
Ukrainian community from the Government of Canada during a briefing from the
Shevchenko Foundation, and was brought up to speed on developments with the
Spirit Lake Corporation's plans for a separate internment interpretive centre
in the Abitibi, Que. 

The UCCLA also discussed the presence of alleged Soviet War Criminals in Canada,
and laid down plans for the further pursuit of justice regarding Soviet war
crimes. 

The UCCLA also made preliminary plans to install memorial plaques at the four
Canadian internment sites that have not yet been commemorated: Edgewood, B.C.,
Lethbridge, Alta., Montreal, and Halifax. 
Plans were laid preliminarily for holding next year's UCCLA conclave at Vernon,
B.C. 
For more information, please visit www.uccla.ca.