Canadian First World War
Internment Recognition Fund

Fonds canadien de reconnaissance de l'internement durant
la première guerre mondiale


  • Applying for a Grant
    Annual Granting Deadline
    is April 1st.
  • Annual Reports
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    from 2009 to 2014.
  • Map of Internment Camps
    Download the map and list
    of internment camps here.
  • Request a Lecture
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    request a lecture.










Address by the Hon. Jason Kenney at the National
Internment Exhibit Official Opening




Slave Labour, in Unthinkable Conditions

Address delivered by the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism at the Opening Ceremony of the National Internment Exhibit at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff, AB on September 13, 2013.

Dobray Den, na vsa dobra; Dobar dan.
Good afternoon, Bonjour.
Your Grace, Your Excellency, Reverend Fathers.
Member of Parliament, James Bezan, Senator Tannas,
Your Worship, Fellow Canadians, Dear Friends.

As we look around us and see a place of unspeakable beauty and yet we know that this site is also one of unspeakable sadness.

Today we realize the sacred duty what the great chronicler of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel said was the most sacred duty that echoes down to us from the bible, the moral duty to remember. "To remember the good of which we have been blessed and the evil that we have suffered."

Click here to read the entire address (PDF).




National Internment Exhibit Opening - Address by
Ivan T. Grbešić, Chair of the CFWWIRF




Ivan T. Grbešić  Ribbon Cutting
Photos courtesy of Frank Jankač

Address delivered by Ivan T. Grbešić, Chair of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund at the Opening Ceremony of the Internment Exhibit at Cave and Basin in Banff, Alberta on September 13, 2013:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
Bonjour mesdames et monsieurs.
Dobar dan, dame i gospodo.

Greetings as well to Minister Kenney, their Excellencies, diplomatic representatives, elected officials of all levels of government, and members of the clergy, who are here with us today, most of whom were introduced.

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to begin by first thanking Parks Canada for providing me, as Chair of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, with the opportunity to address you here today.

Click here to read the entire address (PDF).


National Internment Exhibit, Banff, Alberta
June 20, 2013
Kontakt Ukrainian Television Network


Welcome to CFWWIRF

The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund exists to support projects that commemorate and recognize the experiences of all of the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920.

Fonds canadien de reconnaissance de l'internement durant la Première Guerre mondiale a pour but d'appuyer des projets visant à commémorer et à reconnaître les expériences vécues par les communautés ethnoculturelles touchées par la première opération nationale d'internement menée au Canada de 1914 à 1920.



September 13, 2013: Parks Canada's First World War Internment Exhibit Opening


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Canada's Forgotten Internment Camps

The Mark | August 4, 2010 | YouTube video series

Between 1914 and 1920, thousands of Canadians of Ukrainian and Eastern European descent were imprisoned in internment camps across Canada, simply on the basis of their origins. For decades, their stories were buried under fear and shame. The Canadian government has finally recognized the internment operations, and yet it remains an unknown chapter in our nation's history.



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