Thursday, July 24, 2014

СТО100: Coast-to-Coast Memorial Plaque Unveiling

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada's First Internment Operations, a great injustice in which thousands of innocent persons of enemy alien descent were interned in forced labour camps for years, simply because of their heritage. 

On August 22nd at 11AM, 100+ commemorative plaques will be unveiled at various locations of significance from coast to coast. (Get details here, or keep reading.)

This tremendous commemorative effort, though organized by the Ukrainian Civil Liberties Foundation, extends to a variety of diasporas and communities that were similarly targeted and interned by the Canadian government during war time.

From the UCCLF website:

To mark the 100th anniversary of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation ( will be unveiling 100 plaques on Friday, 22 August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act.

This initiative, the CTO (“One Hundred”) project, enjoys the financial support of the UCCLF and of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (

All 100 plaques will be unveiled at 11 am (local time) in Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, as well as in local and regional museums and other public venues, creating a "wave" of unveilings, moving from east to west, from coast to coast.

The UCCLA encourages members of the community in their respective areas to attend the ceremonies, held at a variety of locations. 

A few key locations located not far from our branches:

In the Ottawa area:
1. St. John the Baptist Shrine (952 Green Valley Cres., Ottawa, ON, Canada)

In the Sudbury area:
1. Ukrainian Seniors Centre (30 Notre Dame, Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada)

In the Greater Toronto Area:
1. Croatian Parish “Father Kamber” Park (4605 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5M 7C5, Canada)
2. Ukrainian National Federation - Toronto (145 Evans Ave #210, Etobicoke, ON, Canada)
3. Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church (5 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada)
4. St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church (135 La Rose Ave, Etobicoke, ON, Canada)
5. St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church (143 Franklin Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada)
6. Plast Ukrainian Youth Association Hall (516 The Kingsway, Etobicoke, ON M9A 3W6, Canada)
7. Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr (406 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON, Canada)
8. St. Vladimir Institute (620 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada)
9. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (4 Bellwoods Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada)
10. League of Ukrainian Canadians (9 Plastics Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 4B6, Canada)
11. League of Ukrainian Canadians (482 Horner Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8W, Canada)
12. St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor Parish (3338 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8W 1M9, Canada)
13. Ukrainian National Federation - West Toronto Branch (2397A Bloor Sreet W, Toronto, ON M8X 1G2, Canada)

In the Windsor area:
1. Serbian Heritage Museum (6770 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON, Canada)
2. St Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor Parish (2000 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON N8W 1E3, Canada)

In the St. Catherine's area:
1. St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church (91 Lakeshore Rd, St Catharines, ON, Canada)
2. Sts George and Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church (6085 Montrose Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2H, Canada)

In the Oshawa area:
1. Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre St S, Oshawa, ON, Canada)

In the Hamilton area:
1. Holy Cross Croation Roman Catholic Church (1883 King St E, Hamilton, ON, Canada)
2. Croatian National Home (1925-A Barton E, Hamilton, ON, Canada)
3. Ukrainian National Federation - Hamilton Branch (170 Parkdale N, Hamilton, ON, Canada)
4. St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church (855 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON, Canada)

In the Oakville area:
1. St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church (300 River Oaks Blvd East, Oakville, ON, Canada)

To see an interactive map depicting other Ontario locations click here.

Other unveiling locations across Canada can be viewed on this interactive google map by scrolling down on the left hand menu bar and checking the boxes for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC or for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. 

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