National Conference on Civilian Internment

June 15, 2015

An internment camp in Quebec, circa 1940. Photo by Library and Archives Canada.

BRANDON, MB – A historic discussion on civil liberty and national security will be held this week from June 17-19 in Winnipeg and all are invited to take part.

Organized by the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research and Dr. Rhonda Hinther, history professor at Brandon University, Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies is the first event of its kind to examine internment experiences in Canada from a comparative perspective. It aims to bring together scholars and researchers with individuals and families directly impacted by internment on Canadian soil. The three-day event will include twelve discussion panels and keynote speaker Dennis Edney, Pro-Bono Lawyer for Omar Khadr, who will be speaking about “The Rule of Law in an Age of Terror”.

“Our goal is to expand the internment conversation in new directions by considering internment experiences more comparatively,” says Hinther, who recently secured funding for the event through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grant for $25,000. “We want to examine the connections, contrasts, and continuities among the civilian internments that have happened in Canada, to raise public awareness about the process and the consequence.”

Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies will also be the starting point for an edited collection of original academic articles and materials including letters, photographs, newspaper articles, government documents, and oral histories that can offer a broad, multi-ethnic, and accessible perspective on Canada’s diverse history with civilian internment.

Registration is open to the public.

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Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Rhonda Hinther
Associate Professor

Alex Beshara
Communications Officer