First World War Internment Camps in Canada

The Stories were not told

The Stories were Not Told

Sandra Semchuck creates a space for the Internees and their descendants to tell their stories on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There will be a presentation, book sale and signing. This is a Free Event, where everyone is welcome,
Wednesday, March 20, 6 pm to 8 pm
Rennie Hall and Read Book Store, 2 floor
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 E – 1st Avenue

University of Alberta Press has published an important new book by Sandra Semchuk, a photographic, text, and video artist, and the winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). Semchuk will be touring Canada in the coming months to create a discussion around The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps. In The Stories Were Not Told, Semchuk highlights Canada’s internment operations during the First World War, in which many immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman
Empire were unjustly imprisoned as enemy aliens.

In her cross-Canada tour, Semchuk will create a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories after a century of suppression. Through photography, she will show the contemporary sites of the 24 internment camps, adding historical images and documents to allow readers a fuller glimpse of the past. Finally, Semchuk will describe how lives and society have been shaped by acts of legislated racism and help people understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first internment camps.

“Using photography, cultural history, and personal history, Semchuk presents this largely unrecognized event as part of the process toward reconciliation and healing,” says Emil Yereniuk, Chair of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and sponsor of the tour.

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