Plaques will mark Canada's first internment operations

A black and white photo of prisoners at the Spirit Lake internment camp in Northern Quebec. On...

A black and white photo of prisoners at the Spirit Lake internment camp in Northern Quebec. On Friday, Edmonton's Ukrainian community will gather at 11 a.m. at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, 9615-153 Ave., to mark the 100th anniversary of the implementation of the War Measures Act, which paved the way for Canada's first internment operations from 1914-1920. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Trevor Robb, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

EDMONTON - It's considered one of the darkest periods in Canadian history.

On Friday, Edmonton's Ukrainian community will gather at 11 a.m. at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, 9615 153 Ave., to mark the 100th anniversary of the implementation of the War Measures Act, which paved the way for Canada's first internment operations from 1914-1920.

During this time, thousands of both legitimate POWs (prisoners of war) as well as civilians -- most of whom were Ukrainians but also included adults and children of German, Hungarian, Serbian, Croatian and Armenian descent -- were branded as "enemy aliens" and were held in interment camps across the country.


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