Sawchen Lecture: Lubomyr Luciuk, “Lest They Forget: Canada’s First National Internment Operations and the Redress Movement”

Tuesday December 5, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Join us on December 5th for an online Sawchen Lecture with Professor Lubomyr Luciuk.

Title: “Lest They Forget: Canada’s First National Internment Operations and the Redress Movement”.

Abstract: Between 1914-1920 thousands of Ukrainians and other East Europeans were rounded up as “enemy aliens” and transported to24 “receiving stations” and internment camps across the Dominion, some of which were kept open until the spring of 1920. What little wealth the internees had was confiscated, they were forced to do heavy labour for the profit of their jailers, disenfranchised and subjected to other state-sanctioned censures, not because of anything they had done wrong but only because of who they were, where they had come from. Providing an overview of this still little-known episode in Canadian history this lecture will also detail how the Ukrainian Canadian community organized and articulated a redress campaign that, starting in 1987, resulted in the formation of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund in 2008. An endowment that subsequently funded various commemorative and educational projects about Canada’s first’ national internment operations of 1914-1920.

Bio: Lubomyr Luciuk is a professor of political geography at the Royal Military College of Canada, a Fellow of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, and the author of numerous publications dealing with the political history of the Canadian Ukrainian community and contemporary Ukraine. A founding member of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Dr. Luciuk was distinguished in 2019 with Ukraine’s Cross of Ivan Mazepa. He has been a GIC appointee to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Parole Board of Canada, and was, for many years, active on the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, which his efforts helped establish. He is currently writing his memoirs, and completing a monograph on the redress campaign. His most recent book (with Dr. V. Viatrovych) is Enemy Archives: Soviet Counter Insurgency Operations and the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023).

Watch Lubomyr Luciuk’s Lecture Online:

Missed Lubomyr Luciuk’s lecture on December 5th? You can access the video and audio recording on UBC’s cIRcle database.