Preliminary Agenda: Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies, June 17-19, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wednesday, 17 June

Workshop Day 1 at the Ukrainian Labour Temple

8:00-9:00: Registration

9:00-9:15: Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45: Panel I: “World War One and Canada’s Eastern Europeans”

Marinel Mandres, Wilfrid Laurier University, “An Unprecedented Dichotomy: Impacts and Consequences of Serbian Internment in Canada During the Great War.”

Frank Jankac, Independent Public Historian, “Uncovering the ’Other Europeans.’”

Michal Wiacek, University of Alberta, “Polish Perspective on Civilian Internment in Canada”

Chair: George Buri, University of Manitoba

10:45-11:00 Nutrition Break

11:00-12:30: Panel II: “World War One – Poverty, Radicalism and Identification of Enemy Aliens”

Stefan Huzan, Independent Scholar, “Ukrainians at Fort William”

Kassandra Luciuk, University of Toronto, “Reinserting Radicalism: Canada’s First National Internment Operations, The Ukrainian Left, and the Politics of Memory.”

Mary Chaktsiris, Queen’s University, “The Enemy in Open Sight: Identifying Enemy Aliens in First World War Canada.”

Chair: Jim Naylor, Brandon University

12:30-1:30: Lunch at the Ivan Franko Manor (adjacent to the Ukrainian Labour Temple) – Sponsored by the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund

1:30-3:00: Panel III: Roundtable – “Internment Legacies”

Dianne Kostyshyn; Larissa Stavroff; Sid Ikeda; Roland Penner; Grace Eiko Thomson; Myron Shatulsky

Chair: Janis Thiessen, University of Winnipeg and the Oral History Forum

3:00-3:15: Nutrition Break

3:15-4:45: Panel IV: “Religion and Internment”

Barry Bussey, University of Waterloo, “Adventist Camp Boys in WWII”

Conrad Stoesz, Mennonite Heritage Centre and Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, “Self-Understandings of Canadian Conscientious Objectors Serving in the Second World War.”

Jonathan Weier, University of Western Ontario, “A Light in the Darkness: YMCA Relief Work with Civilian Internees in Canada During the First and Second World Wars.”

Travis Tomchuk, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, “Augusto Bersani: Disgraced Reverend and RCMP Informant.”

Chair: Sharon Reilly, Independent Public Historian

5:00: Transportation to Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

5:30: Light Dinner – Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

7:00-9:00 pm:  Opening Night Reception and Panel Discussion: “Japanese Canadian Internment Experiences and Manitoba” featuring:

  • Video Screening: “Children of Redress” (20 minutes)
  • Viewing of Internment Exhibit
  • Panel of Speakers including Art Miki (Overview of Sugar Beet experiences), Lena Takatsu (Personal Experiences on a Sugar Beet Farm), Grace Thomson (Her role in her home), Dr. Pam Sugiman (interviews of Nisei women), followed by a Q&A session
  • Sid Ikeda, Harmonic Player – Songs of Internment

Thursday, 18 June

Workshop Day 2 at the Ukrainian Labour Temple

8:30-10:00: Panel V: “World War II Refugee Internees”

Christine Whitehouse, Carleton University, “‘Camp Boys’: Narrating Masculinity in Canadian Internment Camps for Jewish Refugees, 1940-1943”

Richard Essberger, Independent Scholar, and Clemence Schultze, Durham University, “‘Out of the frying pan, into the fire’? The internment experiences of two anti-Nazi refugees, May 1940-March 1941.”

Paula Draper, Independent Scholar, “The Paradox Of Survival:  Jewish Refugees Interned In Canada 1940-43.”

Annelise Rodrigo, Université de Toulouse II, “Historical and Institutional Memories of the Refugees Interned in Canada during the Second World War.”

Chair: Lionel Steiman, University of Manitoba

10:00-10:15: Nutrition Break

10:15-11:45: Panel VI: “Histories of Internment and Relocation in Three Canadian Museums”

Ed Caissie, New Brunswick Internment Camp Museum, “The New Brunswick Internment Camp Museum: Preserving the History of Internment Camp B-70”

John Maker, Canadian War Museum, “Enemy Aliens – Internment in Canada, 1914-1920”

James Trepanier, Canadian Museum of History, “Internment and Relocation at the Canadian Museum of History”

Kathleen Ogilvie, Carleton University, and Emily Cuggy, Carleton University, “The Internment Violin- An Exhibition Proposal”

Chair: Esyllt Jones, University of Manitoba

11:45-12:45: Lunch at the Ivan Franko Manor

Tours of the Ivan Franko Museum will be available during the lunch period.

12:45-2:00: Panel VII: “Overviews and Meta-narratives”

Art Miki, National Association of Japanese Canadians, “The Internment of Japanese Canadians : A Human Rights Violation.”

Jack Lindsay, Brandon University, “From War Measures to Emergency Powers: Protecting the socially vulnerable in Canada.”

Jodi Giesbrecht, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, “Human Rights and the Politics of Freedom: Civilian Internment at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.”

Chair: Jon Malek, University of Western Ontario

2:00-2:15: Nutrition Break

2:15-3:45: Panel VIII: “Neglected Cases and Unexpected Responses”

Judith Kestler, Julius Maximilians Universität Wuerzburg, “Discovering Canada: German merchant seamen in Canadian internment camps, 1940-1946.”

Maryse Bédard, Université du Québec à Montréal, “From one island to another: the internment of the Italian-British in Montréal, 1940-1943.”

Dorothea Nelson, University of North Dakota, “Getting Used To It: Professional Musicians in Canadian Civilian Internment Camps During World War II.”

Mikhail Bjorge, Queen’s University, “’We need tear gas!’ Labour Unrest in Japanese Internment Camps”

Chair: Jonathan Weier, University of Western Ontario

4:00-5:00: Keynote Speaker:  Dennis Edney, Pro-Bono Lawyer for Omar Khadr, “The Rule of Law in an Age of Terror”

5:00: Transportation to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

5:30 pm:  Tour of Internment-related Exhibitions and Reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Friday, 19 June

Workshop Day 3 at the Ukrainian Labour Temple

8:30-10:00: Panel IX: “Teaching Internment in the High School Classroom: New Practises”

Sarah Reilly, University of Winnipeg

Bryan Kornberger, Glenlawn Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Julia Thiessen, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kathy Slovinsky, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba

10:00-10:15: Nutrition Break

10:15-11:45: Panel X: “Internment, Displacement and the Landscapes of Injustice: New Perspectives on the Japanese-Canadian Experience”

Aya Fujiwara, University of Alberta and Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research,   “Informal Internment: Japanese-Canadian farmers and labour relations in Southern Alberta, 1941-1945”

Sharon Reilly, Independent Public Historian, “The Impact of War: Legacy and Public History.”

Stephanie Bangarth, King’s University College at Western University,  “’Ann Nisei’ and ‘Sue Sada’: Negotating Race, Gender, and Family in the Nikkei Press of Canada and the United States.”

Will Archibald, University of Victoria, “Landscapes of Injustice: The Forced Sale Of Japanese-Canadian-Owned Property.”

Chair: Jim Mochoruk, University of North Dakota

11:45-12:45: Lunch at the Ivan Franko Manor

12:45-1:15: Choral Presentation of Internment Camp Songs

1:15-2:45: Panel XI: “The Canadian State and the Canadian Left:  World War II and World War III”

Rhonda Hinther, Brandon University, “The Holidays at Camp: Kinship and Christmas Celebrations among Leftist Internees in the Kananaskis Internment Facility, 1940-41.”

Jim Mochoruk, University of North Dakota,  “Collateral Damage: The Defence of Canada Regulations, Civilian Internment and Left Wing Institutions.”

Frances Reilly, University of Saskatchewan, “Confining the Enemy in the Cold War: Operation Profunc and the Planned Internment of Canadian Communists.”

Chair: Adele Perry, University of Manitoba

2:45-3:00: Nutrition Break

3:00-4:30: Panel XII – Roundtable: “Whither the field – or ‘What is to be done?’”

Greg Kealey, University of New Brunswick, Pamela  Sugiman, Ryerson University, and Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto

Chairs: Rhonda L. Hinther and Jim Mochoruk

4:30-5:00: Next Steps and Closing Remarks