ONE HUNDRED PLAQUES TO REMEMBER ONE HUNDRED YEARS – PROJECT CTO

For Immediate Release – Ottawa, 20 June 2014
Working with the support of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation will soon begin distributing bilingual plaques recalling Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920 to selected sites, from coast to coast across the country. Dubbed “Project CTO” (One Hundred) this is the first-ever attempt in Canadian history to recall an historic injustice by simultaneously unveiling 100 plaques marking the 100th anniversary of The War Measures Act and the start of the internment operations.
On Friday, 22 August 2014, the first plaque will be unveiled in Amherst, Nova Scotia, at 11 am (local time) and then this “wave” of plaque unveilings will move west, from province to province, culminating at 11 am (local time) in Nanaimo, British Columbia. These plaques are being installed in parish halls, cultural centres, museums, and archives, not only in Ukrainian Canadian venues but in centres associated with the German, Hungarian, Serbian, Croatian and Armenian communities, which were also harmed by the state-sanctioned censures imposed on “enemy aliens” during the First World War.
Information about all 100 sites can be found on the website of the Endowment Council (www.internmentcanada.ca), at the website of the UCCLF (www.ucclf.ca) and Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (www.uccla.ca).
Everyone is urged to attend an unveiling ceremony in their own community to hallow the memory of all of the “enemy aliens” as Canada <”CTO” plaque, © UCCLF, 2014.jpg>marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.
For more information please contact:
Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, Project CTO Lead, luciuk@uccla.ca