The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation would like to introduce two new awards focused on recognition of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920, during which thousands of Ukrainian Canadians were labelled “enemy aliens” and were interned in camps throughout the country.
The Internment Recognition High School Award requires high school students to submit an essay of up to 1500 words on the topic, while the Internment Recognition Opinion-Editorial Award requires high school or post-secondary students to have their opinion-editorial published in a major Canadian newspaper. Both awards have a deadline of April 30, 2011.
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UCCLA MEDIA RELEASE (14 December 2010)
BROKEN PROMISES MADE TO UKRAINIAN CANADIANS PROVOKED CONTROVERSY
A growing controversy over the proposed contents of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (see The Globe and Mail, "Group says rights museum slights sufferings of Ukrainians," 11 December 2010) was, in part, provoked because of promises made in April 2003 by the Asper Foundation.
Speaking for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, its director of research, said: "The attached letter from Mr Moe Levy, sent on behalf of the Asper Foundation, makes clear that in return for its support the Ukrainian Canadian community was led to expect that the truth about the genocidal Holodomor and about what happened during this country’s first national internment operations would be allocated permanent and prominent space in this publicly-funded national museum. Reading through the final report of the Content Advisory Committee it becomes clear that those pledges have not been honoured. Making this letter public puts these facts on the public record."
See the letter from Moe Levy, Asper Foundation (pdf)
UCCLA Media Release
PROTEST MOUNTING OVER PROPOSED CONTENTS OF CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
For Immediate Release (Ottawa, 15 December 2010)
Concerns over the proposed contents of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a taxpayer-funded national museum set to open its doors in Winnipeg next year, are growing.
Commenting, UCCLA’s director of research, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, said:
"A national museum dedicated to human rights and civil liberties should be equitable and inclusive in its treatment of the many episodes of genocide that have befouled human history, as well as focusing on Canadian stories, particularly those that are less well known. We were therefore surprised and deeply troubled when the final report of the museum’s Content Advisory Committee made only one passing reference to Canada’s first national internment operations and barely mentioned what was arguably the greatest genocide of 20th century European history, the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine. While we appreciate how difficult it is to tell every story in such a museum the clear partiality of its proposed contents are unacceptable. We are therefore joining the protest against that committee’s recommendations by launching a national campaign with postcards addressed to the Honourable James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Clearly the Government of Canada now needs to intervene to ensure that a museum funded by all Canadians does not elevate the suffering of one community above all others."
View the postcard here (pdf)
To send an e-mail to Minister James Moore in support, click here