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About excuses for internment

The Ukrainian Weekly
28 May 1989

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Dear Editor:

In regard to the "Internment of Ukrainian Canadians" (April 9), the author seems to say that the WASP(anglo) Canadian government's mistreatment of Ukrainian Canadians by internment in concentration camps and otherwise was justified because:

The above list does not exhaust the multitude of excuses by which the author justifies the mistreatment of Ukrainian Canadians, but is representative.

The author fails to inform your readers that the lack of precise statistics results from the destruction of the records in the 1950s by the government. The author also fails to advise your readers that in January 1915, the British Foreign Office advised the government that "Ruthenians" (i.e. Ukrainians) should be treated as friendly aliens.

The material cited demonstrates clearly that the mistreatment of Ukrainian Canadians during 19141920 was the result of malice and bigotry.

All Ukrainian Canadians should support the Ukrainian Canadian Committee Civil Liberties Commission's requests to the federal government for a parliamentary resolution acknowledging the wrongs, restoration and marking of sites as national historic monuments, and funding of research and publication of this forgotten part of Canadian history by writing the prime minister and their member of parliament.

E.E. Forbes Mitchell

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