Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Internment of Ukrainians in Canada
If students have not completed the activity "Interning Japanese Canadians: A Blight on Canadian History," they can do so now. As a class, review the timelines and the events leading to the internment, the events of the internment, and the years of struggle for redress.
Explain to students that Japanese Canadians were not the first ethnic group to be interned by the Canadian government during a war. During the First World War, the federal government placed Ukrainians in internment camps in fear that they were a threat to national security.
Students will research and take detailed notes about the internment of Ukrainians in Canada during the First World War, and about the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. They will prepare a chart to compare and contrast the events and experiences of the two groups.
Students should thoroughly examine the information on the topic Relocation to Redress: The Internment of Japanese Canadians on the CBC Digital Archives website. As well, students will research the internment of Ukrainians during the First World War, starting with the information presented at the website "Internment of Ukrainians in Canada 1914 - 1920" (http://www.infoukes.com/history/internment). Students will use other online resources, as well as any other resources they find relevant. Students should take notes of all sources consulted and cited.
Students will share their charts
with their classmates and be prepared to ask and answer questions. To foster
discussion, you might ask questions such as:
- Why do you think the Canadian government approached internment differently in the First World War and the Second World War?
- Was there an element of racism in one case versus the other?
- How had Canada changed as a country between the two world wars?
- Should Ukrainians, though few are still alive, receive compensation for their internment?
After the discussion, ask the students if they are aware of any other groups of people who have been interned throughout Canada's history.