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Spirit Lake Internment Camp in Abitibi

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During a recent trip to the Abitibi, the CBC's Marika Wheeler dropped by a museum that marks a shadowy part of Canada's past.
 
From 1914 to1920,  thousands of immigrants of Austro-Hungarian descent were labelled 'enemy aliens' under the War Measures Act and were forced into work camps across the country.

There were 24 camps in all, and three of them were in Quebec. One camp near Amos in the Abitibi was called Spirit Lake.  For a long time, all that marked the camp's existence was a cross--- a memorial. But after years of hard work, a museum is now there to pay tribute to that part of Quebec history. 

Marika Wheeler joined Sona from our Quebec City studio.
(Photos courtesy of Spirit Lake internment camp corporation)

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