SHOCKING STATE OF
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A small Ukrainian Catholic cemetery located near La Ferme,
During a one-day symposium organized by the Spirit Lake Camp Corporation, on Wednesday, representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian community – Andrew Hladyshevsky, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, and Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, director of research for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association – visited the cemetery, located in the adjacent boreal forest, at some distance from the main internment camp site.
Commenting, Dr Luciuk said: ” In 1999, many of the internee crosses were still standing, and, while obviously neglected, this cemetery was surrounded by a small picket fence and marked with a wooden sign describing it as the final resting place of some of the men, and possibly children, held here during Canada’s first national internment operations. Most were Ukrainians who had been herded up from the St Michael the Archangel Parish in Montreal, then transported north by box car, here forced to labour for the profit of their gaolers on the grounds of a large experimental farm. Today only two crosses still stand, the picket fence is down, the site is almost lost in the bush, and with it the memory of what happened here. While we endorse the work that the Spirit Lake Camp Corporation has been doing to establish an interpretive centre where the camp once stood, we are alarmed at the lack of any care being shown for the cemetery. For years now we have been asking
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