BRANDON, MB – An historic discussion on civil liberty and national security will be held this coming June in Winnipeg, MB, and all Canadians touched by civilian internment are invited to take part.
Dr. Rhonda Hinther, organizer and nationally-awarded history professor at Brandon University (BU), says Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies is the first event of its kind to bring together scholars and researchers with individuals and families directly impacted by internment on Canadian soil, drawing from internment episodes during World War l and World War ll (including Conscientious Objectors), the October Crisis, the current War on Terror, and the detention of persons without charge at events such as the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, and the G20 in Toronto.
“Our goal is to expand the internment conversation in new directions by considering internment experiences more comparatively,” says Dr. Hinther. “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.”
The organizers are presently seeking persons with internment experiences or descendants of internees to share their stories at the workshop. They are also interested in other internment-related materials, including photographs, documents, and artefacts.
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.
“Brandon University is an institution renowned for its long history and continuing involvement in social justice,” says BU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gervan Fearon. “Dr. Hinther’s national dialogue will produce an historic chronicle of civil liberties in this country and spark renewed examination of the evolution and development of our rights and liberties.”
The workshop is scheduled for June 17-19, 2015. For more information, please visit:
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