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. 

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