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Canadian Heritage Minister Joly Asked For Help

For Immediate Release (Ottawa - 9 February 2016)

The Minister for Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, is being asked for help in saving a Great War cemetery holding the remains of at least 16 "enemy aliens."

During Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920, a large camp holding Ukrainians and other Europeans was established at Spirit Lake, (today, La Ferme) in the Abitibi region of Quebec. It held hundreds of Ukrainians and other Europeans transported and forced to do heavy labour there for the profit of their jailers. Many of the men, women, and children imprisoned were parishioners from St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, in Montreal. Men, and some children, were buried in the internee cemetery between December 1915 and October 1916. The camp was closed Jan. 28, 1917.

Efforts over the years to restore and re-consecrate this cemetery have not been successful. It has now fallen into serious disrepair and will soon be lost forever in the region's boreal forest. Determined to prevent that from happening, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association has asked for the Minister's personal intervention.UCCLA's chairman, Roman Zakaluzny, said:

"There are no less than 16 men and children buried in the Spirit Lake internee cemetery. Minister Joly should instruct her officials to investigate how a cemetery, set up by the federal government, came to be sold to the Province of Quebec, and then re-sold to a private landowner, and whether this internee cemetery, one of the very few of its kind in Canada, should be designated a national historic site. At a minimum, this sacred space should be re-consecrated and restored, allowing for internee descendants to hallow the memory of those who died at Spirit Lake – people held behind Canadian barbed wire not because of any wrong they had done, but only because of who they were and where they had come from.

“Minister Joly, who comes from Montreal, should be particularly receptive to our appeal, as her own city's Ukrainian population was decimated by the internment operations. We are also asking her counterparts in the Quebec national assembly to intervene."




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No to KGB Men in Canada

For Immediate Release (Ottawa - 28 January 2016)

Canada should not allow members of the notorious Soviet secret police (known as the KGB) to immigrate here, say members and supporters of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (www.uccla.ca). Commenting on a recent news story that suggested a former officer in the KGB, Mikhail Lennikov, would be allowed to return to Canada on "humanitarian and compassionate grounds," Roman Zakaluzny, UCCLA's chairman, said:

"Mikhail Lennikov volunteered to serve in the Soviet secret police, the KGB. He rose to be an officer in its ranks. Canadian laws preclude individuals who were members of the Soviet secret police from immigrating here. Nevertheless, he came and, when discovered, pretended he was a refugee. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, an independent tribunal, determined his claim was unfounded. He appealed that decision and a federal court judge reviewed the matter, finding that Lennikov was not a refugee and ordering his deportation to the Russian Federation. Instead of accepting that decision, Lennikov decamped into a pre-prepared bolt-hole in an east Vancouver church basement, where he defied Canadian laws for some six years while also engaging in political activities, reportedly cheering on the Russian Federation's illegal occupation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. All along Lennikov and his followers also insisted he would be harmed if he were to return to Russia. Yet when he finally left, in late 2015, he found gainful employment teaching at a university. There are millions of legitimate refugees in the world whom Canada should help. So we don't need to populate this country with KGB men, who have no right to enter this country, or to remain here, and who have certainly not demonstrated anything but contempt for our laws and Canada's foreign policies.
"Real refugees are welcome. KGB men are not."

The UCCLA has launched a postcard campaign protesting Lennikov's proposed return to Canada, asking Ottawa to ensure that all other veterans of the KGB found here be removed to the Russian Federation.


Canadian War Museum, 2 October 2014

Kim Pawliw, internee descendant, cuts the ribbon opening the 'Enemy Aliens' exhibit at the Canadian War Museum
Left to Right: Dr L Luciuk (UCCLA), Mark O'Neill (CEO, Canadian Museum of History), Ambassador of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko, Kim Pawliw, Rev Dr Petro Galadza, Jim Whitham (CEO, Canadian War Museum) and Dr John Maker CWM).

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Sites for the One Hundred Plaques Across Canada Initiative

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His Eminence, Patriarch Sviatoslav, offers his blessings for UCCLA's "CTO" project
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Announcing CTO – The One Hundred Plaques Across Canada Initiative

For Immediate Release (Ottawa - 26 January 2014)

To mark the 100th anniversary of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (www.ucclf.ca) will be unveiling 100 plaques on Friday, 22 August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act.

This initiative, the CTO (“One Hundred”) project, enjoys the financial support of the UCCLF and of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (www.internmentcanada.ca).

All 100 plaques will be unveiled at 11 am (local time) in Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, as well as in local and regional museums and other public venues, creating a "wave" of unveilings, moving from east to west, from coast to coast.

Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, the CTO project leader, said: "Beginning in 1994, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (www.uccla.ca) began placing historical markers to recall the internment operations, hoping to eventually have a plaque at each of the 24 camp sites. We started with Kingston's own Fort Henry, the location of Canada’s first permanent internment camp. Over the course of some 20 years our volunteers and supporters have made sure each internment camp location has been marked. The CTO project builds on UCCLA's foundational work. These plaques will hallow the memory of all of the victims of the internment operations and help educate our fellow Canadians about a little-known episode in Canada’s national history. That fulfils the mandate of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and of the UCCLF.

I want to add that this is the first time in Canadian history that any community has attempted to unveil 100 historical plaques from coast to coast at the same (local) time. This couldn’t happen without the enthusiastic support of hundreds of volunteers in 100 communities across the country, from Amherst, Nova Scotia to Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Grand Prairie, Alberta to Val D’Or, Quebec to name but a few. We’re also very grateful to our Patriarch, the two Metropolitans, the national executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the representatives of the other affected communities and many of our internee descendants, for their help.

We’re calling on people to set aside 11 am (local time) on Friday, 22 August 2014 so that they can join us in witnessing a plaque unveiling in their own community or region. Be there to remember, and to learn."

The UCCLF and CFWWIRF will be publishing a list of all CTO plaque locations before April 2014.

For more information please contact: Dr Lubomyr Luciuk

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UCCLA – Lethbridge WWI internment camp victims to be memorialized

For Immediate Release (Lethbridge, Calgary, Ottawa) - Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

On the 99th anniversary of the start of the First World War and Canada’s first national internment operations, a permanent memorial to the civilian internees of the Lethbridge internment camp will be officially unveiled at the southwest Alberta city’s Exhibition Grounds on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. (MT).

UCCLA and city officials will unveil a trilingual (English, French, Ukrainian) plaque on the site where, between Sept. 30, 1914, and Nov. 7, 1916, hundreds of civilian internees cycled through following arrest and detention. Lethbridge was one of 24 such sites in Canada. The camp operations in total housed more than 8,000 men, women and children during the First World War and for two years following, simply for being born or for having parents who were born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

“UCCLA is steadfast in its commitment to mark each of the two dozen ‘concentration camps’ that dotted this land between 1914 and 1920,” said UCCLA’s chairperson R.W. Zakaluzny. “Thanks to the City of Lethbridge, Exhibition Park, the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation, the placement of this memorial plaque in Lethbridge means our work in permanently memorializing every site is nearly completed.”

When: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m (MT)
Where: Exhibition Park, 3401 Parkside Drive South,
Lethbridge, Alta

For local directions, or on where to go in the event of inclement weather, please contact Rudy Friesen, General Manager, Exhibition Park, (403) 328-4491, rudy@exhibitionpark.ca.

For more information on the plaque or on the internment operations, please contact UCCLA at media@uccla.ca.

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Hidden No More
It's time Canada commemorates Ukrainian internment in labour camps

19 June 2013, Winnipeg Free Press

Mary Manko was born in Montreal. Along with the other members of the city's Ukrainian community, her family was rounded up and transported, during the First World War, to the Spirit Lake internment camp in Quebec's remote Abitibi region.

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INTERNMENT OPERATIONS MUSEUM TO OPEN IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK
For Immediate Release (Ottawa, 14 February 2013)

After decades of effort, spearheaded by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and its supporters, a redress settlement was reached between the Government and Canada and the Ukrainian Canadian community, in 2008, leading to the creation of a $10-million educational and commemorative endowment managed by the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. Simultaneously, Parks Canada was provided with the resources required to build a permanent exhibit about Canada's first national internment operations, at Cave & Basin, in Banff National Park.

Located in the immediate vicinity of one of the two internment camps that existed in Banff from 14 July 1915 to 15 July 1917, this permanent display will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about this still-little known episode in Canadian history while also hallowing the memory of those unjustly branded as "enemy aliens" and herded into 24 camps across Canada. This new exhibit will officially be opened on Thursday, 20 June 2013.

To increase public awareness about this event, UCCLA has begun mailing invitations postcards to internee descendants, Canadian parliamentarians, Senators, the media, and others who were involved with or interested in the redress campaign, inviting them to attend the opening day ceremonies. Commenting, UCCLA's chairman, Roman Zakaluzny, said: "Having a pavilion dealing with Canada's first national internment operations, in the historic heart of Canada's most famous national park, and so close to the site of an actual camp where the internees were once held, is a remarkable achievement, one that came about only thanks to the dedication of many UCCLA volunteers and our friends, over almost a quarter of a century of effort. When we began there were many naysayers and doubters, but the UCCLA team persevered, knowing that righting this historic injustice was the right thing to do. We thank the Government of Canada and Parks Canada, for working with us and other groups, to open this exhibit in June. By doing so, we will honour the wishes of the late Mary Manko Haskett, a Canadian-born internee, who never tired of reminding us about how important it was to remember what happened so that, perhaps, no other Canadian ethnic, religious or racial minority will ever have to endure what Ukrainians and other Europeans did during this country's first national internment operations, not because of any
wrong they had done but only because of who they were, where they had come from."

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UCCLA Launches '12 Days of Christmas' Postcard Campaign
6 December 2012

Continuing its campaign to rid Canada of any and all veterans of the Soviet secret police - the NKVD, SMERSH and KGB - the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) is contacting MPs, Senators, and other Canadians, reminding them of the presence in Canada of veterans of the Communist political police, responsible for the murder, torture, and enslavement of millions of east Europeans, many of whom subsequently found asylum in Canada.

"We are calling upon the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Justice, and other Canadian officials, asking them to remove any veterans of the Soviet secret police found in this country. In particular we are drawing attention, again, to the continued presence in Canada of an (ex) KGB captain whose deportation was ordered by a Federal Court judge over 3 years ago. The fact that he remains here calls into question the integrity, fairness, and public confidence in Canada's system of immigration control," said UCCLA's chair, Roman Zakaluzny.

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UCCLA’s 15th Conclave Held in Ottawa
For Immediate Release, 14 October 2012 (Ottawa)

Meeting in the nation’s capital, the executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association held a series of discussions that touched upon some of the more important issues for the organized Ukrainian community, including the continued presence of veterans of the KGB, the notorious Soviet secret police, in Canada. Recently 2 MPs of the New Democratic Party held a potluck Thanksgiving meal with an (ex) KGB Captain, Mikhail Lennikov, who remains illegally in Canada, despite an order for his deportation dating back to June 2009. UCCLA activists met with staff from the office of the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Jason Kenney, to press for the immediate removal of all KGB veterans in Canada.

As well UCCLA reconfirmed its committed to continuing with efforts to ensure that all galleries in the taxpayer-funded Canadian Museum for Human Rights have thematic, comparativ, and inclusive content and also voted to provide financial support for the “Tribute to Liberty” memorial to the Victims of Communism being built in Ottawa.

On Saturday, 13 October, UCCLA held a memorial service for two Ukrainian Canadians, Michael Bahry and Thomas Konyk, executed on 14 January 1920 in the Peterborough County Jail, members of a so-called “Russian Gang.’ Two of its 5 members suffered judicial execution because of widespread anti-foreigner prejudice during Canada’s first national internment operations. The remains of Bahry and Konyk were reinterred in the Beechwood National Service, with a panachyda by Reverend Dr Petro Galadza. Before leaving Ottawa UCCLA’s executive and guests also paid their respects at the grave of the First World War Ukrainian Canadian war hero, Filip Konowal, whose valour at the Battle of Hill 70 was recognized with a Victoria Cross.

Next year’s UCCLA conclave is scheduled to take place in mid-June, to coincide with the opening of a pavilion dealing with the internment operations being opened at the Cave & Basin site in the heart of Banff National Park.


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Remembering the spirit of Canadians unjustly interned
For Immediate Release: The Montreal Gazette
(27 December 2011)

In the dead of winter, in January 1915, they were transported along the transcontinental railway from Montreal into Quebec's remote Abitibi region. The first prisoners, 109 men, were eventually joined by hundreds more, including women and children, interned not because they had done anything wrong but...

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"Stay out of the Debate" – UCCLA's Reply
For Immediate Release: Ottawa (19 April 2011)

We have made our views on the CMHR known frankly and consistently, with due regard and civility toward those who hold differing opinions.

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Controversy Over Canadian Museum For Human Rights: UCCLA's Position
For Immediate Release: Ottawa (8 April 2011)

Misrepresentations have been broadcast about the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association's position with respect to the taxpayer-funded Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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An Open Reply to Ms Rhonda Spivak re The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
For Immediate Release (Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, 1 April 2011)

An open, courteous and honest exchange of views on the proposed contents and governance of the publicly funded Canadian Museum for Human Rights is welcome.

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Poll rejects museum's plan to set Holocaust apart from other genocides
For Immediate Release (Globe and Mail, 23 March 2011)

A poll sponsored by two organizations opposed to the exhibition plans of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights indicates Canadians wish to have “one exhibit which covers all genocides equally” rather than one zone devoted to “a particular genocide” such ...

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A Canadian National Museum should tell Canadian stories
For Immediate Release (04 March 2011)

During Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920 thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were branded as "enemy aliens." Their wealth was confiscated. They were forced to do heavy labour for the profit of their jailers. They lost the right to vote and endured other statesanctioned restrictions - not because of anything they had done but only because of who they were, where they came from. What was done to them was wrong. And it happened in Canada. So we want one of the twelve galleries of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to be permanently dedicated to telling the stories of Canada’s internment operations. A Canadian national museum should tell Canadian stories.



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Fairness and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
For Immediate Release (Hill Times, 31 January 2011)

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Ukrainian group wants review of human-rights museum plan
For Immediate Release (December 2010)

By JAMES ADAMS
Globe and Mail Update

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/ukrainian-group-wants-review-of-human-rights-museum-plan/article1846626/

Postcard campaign urges minister to reconsider exhibition space

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Protest Mounting Over Proposed Contents Of Canadian Museum For Human Rights
For Immediate Release (Ottawa, 15 December 2010)

Concerns over the proposed contents of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a taxpayer funded national museum set to open its doors in Winnipeg next year, are growing.

Commenting, UCCLA's director of research, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, said:

"A national museum dedicated to human rights and civil liberties should be equitable and inclusive in its treatment of the many episodes of genocide that have befouled human history, as well as focusing on Canadian stories, particularly those that are less well known. We were therefore surprised and deeply troubled when the final report of the museum's Content Advisory Committee made only one passing reference to Canada's first national internment operations and barely mentioned what was arguably the greatest genocide of 20th century European history, the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine. While we appreciate how difficult it is to tell every story in such a museum the clear partiality of its proposed contents are unacceptable. We are therefore joining the protest against that committee's recommendations by launching a national campaign with postcards addressed to the Honourable James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Clearly the Government of Canada now needs to intervene to ensure that a museum funded by all Canadians does not elevate the suffering of one community above all others."

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Distorting History In A Human Rights Museum
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Broken Promises Made To Ukrainian Canadians Provoked Controversy
UCCLA MEDIA RELEASE (14 December 2010)

A growing controversy over the proposed contents of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (see The Globe and Mail, "Group says rights museum slights sufferings of Ukrainians,"11 December 2010) was, in part, provoked because of promises made in April 2003 by the Asper Foundation.

Speaking for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, its director of research, said: "The attached letter from Mr Moe Levy, sent on behalf of the Asper Foundation, makes clear that in return for its support the Ukrainian Canadian community was led to expect that the truth about the genocidal Holodomor and about what happened during this country's first national internment operations would be allocated permanent and prominent space in this publicly-funded national museum. Reading through the final report of the Content Advisory Committee it becomes clear that those pledges have not been honoured. Making this letter public puts these facts on the public record."

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Luciuk Receives Shevchenko Medal In Kingston Ceremony
For Immediate Release - (29 November 2010)

Members of Kingston's Ukrainian community, joined by a number of professors from Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada, attended a reception yesterday at the Grand Theatre's Davies Lounge recognizing Professor Lubomyr Luciuk's receipt of a 2010 Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The highest form of recognition bestowed by the Congress this award acknowledged Dr Luciuk's "unparalleled success" as an advocate for the Ukrainian Canadian community and as a researcher and educator. It was presented by Paul Grod, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the body that officially represents over 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian heritage.

Reflecting on what the award represents Professor Paul Robert Magocsi, of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, wrote: “I cannot think of anyone more worthy than you, who have tolled so tirelessly for decades to raise the profile and good name of Canadians of Ukrainian heritage. Your effective work has culminated in Bill C 331 [Ukrainian Canadian Redress Bill], whose realization was in large part the result of your incredibly successful public conscious-raising campaign.” Adding good wishes was Andrew Hladyshevsky, QC: "I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Lubomyr on this happy occasion, being shared with family and friends in Kingston. In my capacity as president of the Shevchenko Foundation and as former chair of the Internment Negotiation Committee I have had the privilege of seeing Lubomyr in action at the front lines of public advocacy and discourse. Even though Lubomyr revels in being the "sharp, pointy end" of the Ukrainian Canadian community, his contributions run much deeper. He has championed causes from which others have conveniently fled. His passion for truth and exposing subterfuge have given the dispossessed, the unwanted and the murdered an opportunity to be heard when their voices were deliberately suppressed or silenced.

There are new issues and controversies so we will need to selfishly impose upon Dr Luciuk again and hope to continue to channel his tireless efforts and intellect in these never-ending challenges. For today however let's celebrate this important milestone and heartily congratulate Lubomyr on a job truly well done.”

After accepting the medal and thanking all those who over several decades were his mentors, friends and supporters, Dr Luciuk concluded his remarks by citing the words of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s national bard, “Struggle, and you shall overcome,” then added, typically, that he knows there are many challenges yet to be faced, which he looks forward to addressing.

Image attached: Dr Lubomyr Luciuk accepting a 2010 Shevchenko Medal from Paul Grod, president, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 28 November 2010, Kingston (courtesy of MyroslawTrutiak)

Ukrainian Canadians Criticize Conservative Government for Failure to Enforce Immigration Laws
For Immediate Release - Ottawa (28 September 2010)

Then Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) today called upon the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take immediate steps to remove all veterans of the notorious Soviet secret police, the KGB, from Canada, initiating a national postcard campaign to get its message out.

UCCLA's chairman, Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, said: "No one who served in any capacity with the KGB is eligible to enter or to remain here. That's Canadian law. Public confidence in the integrity and fairness of our system of immigration control is being undermined by the failure of this government to remove KGB men known to be in Canada. We expected the Conservatives, who claim anti-Communist credentials and a law & order agenda, to at least enforce existing immigration laws. But they haven't. That's scandalous. Canada does not need KGB men as citizens. All of them should be returned whence they came, immediately."

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Announcing the Fund
(12 September 2009, The Globe & Mail)


Establishment of a $10 million endowment
(9 May 2008, Stanley Barracks, Toronto)

On 9 May 2008 the Ukrainian Canadian community, as represented by Dr Lubomyr Luciuk (Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association), Mr Andrew Hladyshevsky (Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko) and Mr Paul Grod (Ukrainian Canadian Congress) signed a document providing for the establishment of a $10 million endowment within the Shevchenko Foundation, to be used for commemorative and educational initiatives recalling Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920.

Left to right: Andrew Griffith (Canadian Heritage), Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, Jason Kenney, MP, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, Andrew Hladyshevsky and Paul Grod, 9 May 2008, Stanley Barracks, Toronto

The Ukrainian Canadian negotiating team, 9 May 2008 (Stanley Barracks, Toronto): Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, Andrew Hladyshevsky and Paul Grod


UCCLA- Internment Survivor Found

Born in Captivity: Survivor of Canadian Internment Operations Found
For Immediate Release
(Ottawa, Thursday, 29 November 2007)

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Ukrainian Canadian Community Honours YMCA For Aiding Internees
For Immediate Release
(Ottawa, 10 September 2007)

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UCCLA Media Release - Internee descendant becomes honourary chair of National Redress Council
For Immediate Release
(Ottawa, 4 September 2007)

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