Kapuskasing Internment Camp, circa 1917. (Photo courtesy of the Ron Morel Museum)
Ms Audrey McLaughlin (Yukon): Madam Speaker, few Canadians know that between 1914 and 1920 thousands of Ukrainian Canadians and other east Europeans were interned unjustly in 26 camps set up across Canada.
Subsequently tens of thousands more were designated as enemy aliens, disenfranchised, and subjected to various other discriminatory measures legislated by the Government of Canada. The property of many so-called enemy aliens was confiscated and never returned. This is a shameful episode in our history.
Today I met with the redress committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has now joined with Italian, Chinese, and Japanese communities to form the National Redress Alliance.
The New Democratic Party supports the creation of a national redress commission to deal expeditiously and justly with these dark episodes in our history.
I call on the government to establish immediately such a commission to deal with the issues of Ukrainians and other groups which deserve a fair hearing for the injustices of the past.
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