Ukrainian Canadian Internment Videos

Inky Mark, MP, Award Ceremony, Ukrainian Festival, Dauphin, Manitoba, August 2006

Inky Mark, Member of Parliament, Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette, Award Ceremony, Ukrainian Festival, Dauphin, Manitoba 2006 Inky Mark was recognized for his contribution towards having the Canadian Government acknowledge Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920.

Laurentian University History Student's Heritage Minute, Ukrainian Internment in Canada During WWI

Undergraduate students in Laurentian University's history program created a Heritage Minute that focused on the Ukrainian internment in Canada during the First World War.

The Forgotten Victims: Canadian Internment in World War One, Wilfred Laurier University Students, 2016

This short documentary produced by students at Wilfred Laurier University explores the commemoration of German and Austro-Hungarians who perished during Canada’s First World War internment operations.


The Forgotten Narrative: Racism and Internment in Canada, produced by Wilfred Laurier Univeristy Students, 2016

This short documentary produced by students at Wilfred Laurier University explores how embedded racism was in Canadian society during the First World War through an examination of internment operations.

Canadian WWI Internment Camps, Taimur Ahmad

Prisoners of Prejudice: The Ukrainian Internment Operations 1914-1920, Edmonton Public Schools, May 17, 2012

Prisoners of Prejudice is a teaching and learning resource designed to give a comprehensive understanding of the internment of Ukrainians in Canada in 1914.

Castle Mountain Internment Camp statue and plaque, Banff National Park, 25th Anniversary Commemoration, August 12, 2020, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Calgary Branch

Cave and Basin Internment Exhibit, Banff National Park, KONTAKT TV, June 22, 2020

The Cave and Basin Internment Exhibit in Banff National Park was originally to be opened on June 20, 2013. The planned opening was postponed due to massive flooding in the area and the Cave and Basin Internment Exhibit opened on September 13, 2013.

Borys Sydoruk, Introduction to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Centenial Internment Commemoration, June 20, 2020

Borys Sydoruk, Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Internment Centenary Committee and the Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation introduces the Ukrainian Canadian Congress's National Internment Commemoration program, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.

Metropolitan's Panachyda at the Internment statue on the Manitoba Legislature, video provided by O. Skrypnyk, June 20, 2020

The Archbishop of Winnipeg, Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Archbishop of Winnipeg and Central Eparchy, His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij Kalistchuk of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, serve a panachyda (requiem) in front of the Internment statue and plaque at the Manitoba Legislature grounds in Winnipeg, Manitoba in memory of those interned during Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920 and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.

Alexandra Chyczij, President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, June 20, 2020

Alexandra Chyczij, President of the Ukrainian Canada Congress gives greetings on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.

Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, Remembering the Internment of Ukrainian Canadians, June 20, 2020

On the occasion of  the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920, Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, Director of Research, Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, speaks on the beginning of the redress campaign for Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.  

Donna Korchinski speaks of her Grandfather's experience as an Internee, June 20, 2020

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920, Donna Korchinski speaks on her Grandfather's secret of being an Internee during Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.

National Internment Montage by Film Maker, Ryan Boyko, June 20, 2020

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920, film producer and writer, Ryan Boyko, produce a photo and video montage to commemorate Canada's first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.

Bishop Ilarion, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 19, 2020

Ilarion (Rudnyk), Bishop of Edmonton and the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920.



​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Bishop David, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 20, 2020

David Motiuk, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920.



​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Kassandra Luciuk, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 18, 2020

ovel "Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire", commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920.



For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Oleksandr Danyleiko, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 19, 2020

Oleksandr Danyleiko, Consul General of Ukraine in Edmonton, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. ​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/


Andrew Hladyshevsky, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 17, 2020

Andrew Hladyshevsky, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, shares the story of how the Ukrainian communities in Canada banded together to reach an agreement with the Federal government to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. ​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Banff, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 16, 2020

​This video highlights the two camps that were situated near the town of Banff, Alberta - Castle Mountain & Cave and Basin.
​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Observing History During a Pandemic, Lubomyr Luciuk, YourTV Kingston, June 16, 2020

100th anniversary of the end of Canada’s first national Internment operations of 1914 - 1920.

Enemy Aliens, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920 by Sandra Semchuk, June 15, 2020

Sandra Semchuk, author of the book "The Stories Were Not Told: Canada's First World War Internment Camps", introduces a video she made with her late Cree husband, James Nicholas, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. The music in this piece is an original soundtrack by Zeellia (Beverly Dobrinsky and Bessie Wapp). This song was sung by Mrs. W. Luciak in Vegreville, Alberta, in 1965 and was collected by R. Klymasz and published in "An Introduction to Ukrainian-Canadian immigrant Folksong Cycle" (Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 1970).

​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/


Artifacts, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, by Benjamin Weistra, June 13, 2020

Benjamin Weistra discusses the background of the escape tools used by prisoners of the Lethbridge Internment Camp and how three-dimensional printing and augmented reality displays are being used at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge in children’s education programs and museum exhibits on the First World War internment camps. ​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Poetry Readings, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 12, 2020

​This video showcases poetry written about Canada’s first national internment operations in 1914–20 and read by young Canadians.

Laisha Rosnau has graciously permitted the use of poems from her award-winning collection Our Familiar Hunger, reprinted here with the consent of the publisher, Nightwood Editions.

Solomiia Myc reads the poem “Spirit Lake.”

Lukian Podilsky shares a Ukrainian-language poem written by Iosef Yasenchuk, who was interned in Melville Island in 1915. The poem was published in the book Kanads'kyi Kobzar (Canadian Kobzar).

Kim Pawliw, the granddaughter of a Spirit Lake internee, presents her own poem in French about her interned grandmother.

Lastly, Daria Podilsky reads Kari Moore’s “Internment Poem.”

For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Interview with Dr. Bohdan Kordan on Internment Literature, June 11, 2020

Professor Bohdan Kordan, author of many works on internment, reads a selection of excerpts from three publications on Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Benjamin Weistra, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 10, 2020

Benjamin Weistra shares the story of William Perchaliuk and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. ​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Marsha Skrypuch, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 9, 2020

Marsha Skrypuch, author of more than 20 books, shares an excerpt from her novel "Prisoners in the Promised Land" and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920.

Dr. Amil Shapka, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 8, 2020

Dr. Amil Shapka, a Ukrainian Canadian living in St. Paul, Alberta, shares his story about how he discovered Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. ​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Donna Korchinski, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 8, 2020

​Donna Korchinski, an internee descendent, shares her story about Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Jerry Bayrock, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 7, 2020

Jerry Bayrock, an internee descendant, talks about his family history and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. ​For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Lieutenant-General (ret'd) Paul Wynnyk, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 7, 2020

Paul Wynnyk, Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs for the Government of Alberta, shares his families history and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Interview with Professor Bohdan Kordan on the Early Days of Research, June 4, 2020

Professor Bohdan Kordan, co-author of "In the Shadow of the Rockies: Diary of the Castle Mountain Internment Camp", speaking on the early days of research regarding the end of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Interview with Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, June 3, 2020

Professor Lubomyr Luciuk speaking on the recovery of memory and the historical markers at the camps.

List of Canada's First National Internment Camps of 1914-1920, June 2, 2020

A reading of the list of all Canadian World War 1 internment camps, also known as labor camps or concentration camps. They will be listed in order of their date of opening. This project was put on by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council commemoration the 100th anniversary of the end of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Borys Sydoruk, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 1, 2020

A greeting from Borys Sydoruk, Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Internment Centenary Committee and Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

Orysia Boychuk, Canada's First Internment Operations from 1914-1920, June 1, 2020

A greeting from Orysia Boychuk, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the End of Canada's First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920. For more information on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council project, please visit https://uccab.ca/internment-100/

St. Paul, Alberta, Internment Statue and Interpretive Panel Unveiling - October 13, 2019 Alberta Kontakt TV

Members of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (UCCLF) and its activist counterpart, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA), on Sat. Sept. 28, 2019, unveiled Canada’s newest monument dedicated to remembering the country’s first national internment operations, in St. Paul, located 200 kilometres east of Edmonton. Titled 21 Strands, the monument is unique, composing not just a trilingual educational (English-French-Ukrainian) plaque, but also an image of internees standing behind 21 horizontal lengths of Canadian barbed wire.

Yoho National Park, BC, Internment Camp Statue and Interpretive Panel Unveiling - June 22, 2019 Alberta Kontakt TV

On June 22, 2019 in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Parks Canada in cooperation with the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canada First World War Internment Recognition Fund, unveiled a statue and interpretive panels commemorating the thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans who were unjustly interned during Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920.


Masterclass 2017: Ryan Boyko - That Never Happened: Canada’s First National Internment Operations

Ryan Boyko is the writer and director of the innovative series “The Camps.” He is a multi-award winning visual artist and an accomplished actor. Ryan describes his journey as a filmmaker to share painful yet healing stories of Canada’s forgotten past.

Canadian guards & Ukrainian prisoners committed suicide 1914-1920 (Інтерновані українці Канади)

Preview of an interview with Prof. Bohdan Kordan on "No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 13 January 2017.

The Internment Operations

Lubomyr Luciuk, Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, speaks with The Mark about how Canada's first national internment operations started, and who was affected.

The Redress Movement

Lubomyr Luciuk, professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, speaks with The Mark on the Redress Movement.

Educating the Public

Various members of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund Endowment Council, as well as participants in the 2010 CFWWIRF Kingston Symposium, speak about how to educate the public about the internment of Ukrainian and other Eastern European Canadians between 1914 and 1920.

Internee Descendents

Marsha Skrypuch, an author and internee descendant, joins The Mark to speak about her grandfather, who was one of thousands of Ukrainians that were interned between 1914 and 1920.

Fort Henry Memorial Service. Kingston, Ontario

Memorial Service commemorating Canada's first national internment operations, held in Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario. Speakers include MP Peter Milliken, Ihor Ostash, Tomás Király, and Vesela Mrdjen Korac.

Learning from the Past

Various members of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund Endowment Council discuss why the public should learn from the past, in order for historical injustices to not be repeated again.

Marsha Skypuch talks about Ottoman Internees in WWI Canada

Author Marsha Skypuch talks about the Brantford, Ontario CTO plaque unveiling and the launch of her book Dance of the Banished.

Canada's internment of 'enemy aliens' during World War 1

Marsha Skrypuch, Brantford, Ontario, August 22, 2014

The Surprising Story of Canada’s Enemy Aliens, May 19, 2017

You’ll be amazed to hear about the internment of Canadian citizens during WWI and how it affected the Ukrainian community of Vernon, B.C.

Remembering Canada's National Internment of Ukrainians, Calgary Herald, August 22, 2014

Three plaques were unveiled in Calgary as part of the 100 Plaques Project, a Canada-wide initiative by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation to pay homage to the thousands of Canadians who were physically interned in camps in 1914-1920.


Ukrainian Canadian Internment Camps, CKWS News, Kingston, Ontario, August 22, 2014

The Ukrainian Canadian internment was part of the confinement of "enemy aliens" in Canada during and for two years after the end of the First World War, lasting from 1914 to 1920, under the terms of the War Measures Act.

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