The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps


Through memory work and photography, Semchuk creates a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories.

 
DateMonday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost

Free

Email

reshaping.stories@gmail.com

Location

Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G

Through memory work and photography, Semchuk creates a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories.

SANDRA SEMCHUK  
JEN BUDNEY, FOREWORD

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.
The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives
and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how
to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This
is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first national internment operations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Semchuk is a photographic, text, and video artist, and the winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). She taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Presentation, book sales & signing
Free event | Everybody welcome!

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cathie Crooks
Associate Director
The University of Alberta Press
ccrooks@ualberta.ca
uap.ualberta.ca
1 780 492 5820

DateMonday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost

Free

Email

reshaping.stories@gmail.com

Website Location

Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G

Open life drawing session offered by the OCAD U Alumni Association
The cigar box guitar (CBG) is the perfect entry level instrument for the aspiring musician. The significance of playing a musical instrument you have made with your own hands is not a small thing. In just two days you will learn to build a fretless, 3 string cigar box guitar.
Open life drawing session offered by the OCAD U Alumni Association
Celebrated Canadian music producer and musician Bob Ezrin discusses the organics of making music with plants, animals and humans.
Open life drawing session offered by the OCAD U Alumni Association
Open life drawing session offered by the OCAD U Alumni Association
Jennifer Franks will discuss the pendulum swing between complexity and simplicity throughout art history, while highlighting the historic influences in the contemporary work of T.M. Glass.
A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar
The Stories Were Not Told
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Through memory work and photography, Semchuk creates a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories.

SANDRA SEMCHUK  
JEN BUDNEY, FOREWORD

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.
The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives
and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how
to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This
is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first national internment operations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Semchuk is a photographic, text, and video artist, and the winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). She taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Presentation, book sales & signing
Free event | Everybody welcome!

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cathie Crooks
Associate Director
The University of Alberta Press
ccrooks@ualberta.ca
uap.ualberta.ca
1 780 492 5820

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G
Email: 
reshaping.stories@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 
Ignite Imagination - The Campaign for OCAD U

Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD University to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you or your child, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD University’s Marketing & Communications office: communications@ocadu.ca.

Be mindful of those in our community who have scent sensitivities; please help OCAD U maintain a healthy, scent-free campus.