National Dialogue Held on Civilian Internment

Dr. Rhonda HintherAll Canadians touched by civilian internment were invited to take part in an historic discussion on civil liberty and national security in Winnipeg in the Spring of 2015.

Conference organizer Dr. Rhonda Hinther says Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies, which was funded by a $25,000 SSHRC grant, is the first event of its kind to bring together scholars and researchers with individuals and families directly impacted by internment on Canadian soil.

“Our goal was to expand the internment conversation in new directions by considering internment experiences more comparatively,” says Dr. Hinther. “We wanted to examine the connections, contrasts, and continuities among the civilian internments that have happened in Canada and to raise public awareness about the process and the consequence.”