Are You Interested in Using Public Transit to Get to the Ukrainian Labour Temple?

If you require transportation from downtown Winnipeg to the Ukrainian Labour Temple, Winnipeg Transit can take you there!

Cost – Full Fare – $2.60, Senior (65 or older) – $2.10

Tickets can be purchased in sheets of 5 or 10 for $2.25/ticket.

Your best bus options to get to the hall are either the #16 (Selkirk-Osborne) or the #17 McGregor.

You can catch either bus at any bus stop on the south side of Graham Avenue. Each comes about every ten minutes during rush hour.  Ride to the corner of Selkirk Avenue and McGregor – it’s about a 20-30 minute journey, depending on traffic and construction.

From there, a short stroll will have you at the Ukrainian Labour Temple. Simply walk one block north up McGregor – you’ll find the hall on the northwest corner of the intersection of Pritchard Avenue and McGregor.

To return downtown, proceed to the southwest corner of Selkirk and McGregor.  Catch the #16 at this corner on Selkirk Avenue and the #17 at the same corner but on McGregor.

Buses on these particular routes come roughly every ten minutes during the morning and evening rush hours.

Need more information?  Visit Winnipeg Transit’s Website for schedules, routes, and trip planning.


Registration is now open for the Civilian Internment in Canada Workshop!

Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop – it is open to the general public.

Registration is just $75 and includes the following benefits:

  • Workshop Material
  • Three days of presentations at the Ukrainian Labour Temple
  • Lunches and Snacks
  • Admission to and Light Dinner at the Opening Night Reception and Panel Discussion at the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Wednesday, June 17
  • Admission to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Reception and Tour, Thursday, June 18
  • Transportation (for those who require it) from the Ukrainian Labour Temple to the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

There are two ways to register:

1. Register online by clicking here, or…

2. Register by mail by printing and completing this registration form and mailing it to the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research (CSULR) with payment: Registration Form Civilian Internment Workshop 2015

Please note:  Deadline for registration is Friday, June 5, 2015.

View the preliminary workshop program here.

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

Hotel Rooms – Humphrey Inn and Suites, 260 Main Street, Winnipeg

We’ve arranged for a block of hotel rooms to be held for conference participants at the Humphrey Inn and Suites, 260 Main Street, Winnipeg.

Rates range from $135-155, depending on room type.  All participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel costs and should contact the hotel themselves to make reservations.  The hotel’s phone number is 204-942-4222.

When booking, please quote group #084977.

Please note: All bookings must be made before May 16, as the hotel will be releasing any un-booked rooms at that time.  All bookings are fully refundable (as per the hotel’s cancellation policy – please consult their web site or hotel staff for more information).

The Humphrey is close to bus routes to the Ukrainian Labour Temple where the majority of workshop events will take place.  It is also within easy walking distance to the brand new Canadian Museum for Human Rights where we will have a special evening reception and tour as part of the workshop.

The hotel offers the following amenities:

·         FREE Hot Breakfast Buffet ·         FREE Parking
·         FREE 24 Hour Coffee & Tea Bar ·         FREE High Speed Wireless Internet
·         24 Hour Business Centre ·         Onsite Fitness Centre
·         Onsite Salt Water Pool & Steam Room ·         FREE Daily News Paper
·         Onsite Guest Laundry Facilities ·         FREE Local Phone Calls

For more information, please visit the Humphrey Inn’s web site at

Call for Proposals – Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies, Winnipeg, June 17-19, 2015

Over the past four decades, the topic of wartime civilian internment in Canada has received considerable attention from scholars, activists, former internees, their descendants, and a host of others concerned with raising awareness and, in many instances, seeking redress. The result has been, among other outcomes, a dynamic body of information – both scholarly and popular.

In an effort to expand the civilian internment conversation in important and exciting new critical directions, the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research is organizing a national workshop on civilian internment in Canada for next June in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The majority of workshop events will take place at the historic Ukrainian Labour Temple. The intention of the workshop is to bring together scholars, community members, activists, public history professionals, educators, artists, and others with an interest in or experience with internment (including, for example, former internees, their descendants, and redress activists, among others).

Facilitating dialogue from participants from a variety of perspectives, the workshop will raise greater – and more nuanced – public awareness of the processes and consequences of civilian internment during real and perceived wartime contexts. It will likewise examine the connections, comparisons, contrasts, and continuities between the various civilian internment ‘episodes’ in Canada, historically and into the present. Typically these events have been considered primarily in isolation from one another; the workshop will help to encourage more comparative conversations. As part of this, the workshop also seeks to expand the parameters of the civilian internment conversation to include topics related to the experiences of Conscientious Objectors (Mennonites and others), the October Crisis, the War on Terror, and the detention of people without charge around events such as the APEC protests at UBC, the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, and the G20 in Toronto.

The workshop will act as the foundation of an edited collection of personal reminiscences, original academic articles, and primary source materials (such as letters, photographs, newspaper articles, government documents, oral histories) that together would offer a broad, multiethnic, comparative, and accessible perspective on Canada’s diverse history with civilian internment.

The organizers are presently exploring funding opportunities to help offset travel costs and other costs associated with the workshop. It is hoped – though not guaranteed – that some of the costs of participation may be covered.

Community members, former internees, internee descendants, activists, public historians, graduate students, emerging and established scholars, and others with an interest in civilian internment history are encouraged to put in a presentation proposal. All proposals must include the following information:

1. Presentation Title
2. A 100-150-word outline of the presentation.
3. A 100-150-word biography or one-page CV. These must include (if applicable) a list of publications and a list of positions (paid and/or voluntary) relevant to this event. This information is essential to assisting the organizers in soliciting funding to support travel and other workshop costs.

Please email these materials to the program committee at The deadline for the receipt of proposals is December 1, 2014.

For more information, please visit or contact:

Rhonda L. Hinther
Associate Professor
Department of History
Brandon University

Jim Mochoruk
Department of History
University of North Dakota