CONNECTING OUR STUDENTS TO OUR HISTORY THROUGH ART AND STORIES
“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artist who give them their spirit back.” Louis Riel
On February 20, 2013, the National Launch of The Sunflower Project began in Vernon. 24 Internment Murals will be created by internee descendant, Michelle Loughery in the communities where each of the internment camps were established. The first mural, to be completed in June 2013, will be painted on the Sutton Building in downtown Vernon.
Did you know?
- that there were 8,579 Ukrainians and other Europeans that include; Croatians, Serbians, Germans, Hungarians, Romanians, Slovenes, Slovakians, Turks, Bulgarians, Polish, Italians and Jews who were incarcerated in 24 camps across Canada during WW1
- that the British Columbia provincial internment camp was situated at McDonald Park in Vernon where W.L. Seaton Secondary School now stands. Men, women and children were held in that camp behind a barbed wire fence between 1914 and 1920
- many of our roads and national parks were built with the forced labour of these immigrants.
- that there were 88,000 more who were declared “enemy aliens” and unjustly forced to carry identification documents, disenfranchised, and subjected to various other discriminatory and repressive measures legislated by the government of Canada.
We have a first hand opportunity within our Vernon Community to hear stories, have meaningful discussion on issues ranging from Human Rights to the effect of the War Measures Act. Lois Campbell, a retired Vernon teacher is the Education Liaison for the Sunflower Project.
The Sunflower project has educational resources and time to share to help us as Educators bring our history alive.
Contact Lois at (250) 542-2936.
To view Educational Resources go to:
The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund website: www.internmentcanada.ca, under resources.
When you click on Teachers’ Guides, the Critical Thinking Consortium free teachers’ guides and lessons will appear.
Under Pivotal Voices, Two videos developed as part of our Thinking about History series use examples of the Ukrainian internment to teach key historical concepts. Ethical Judgment (Students learn to question the motives of the Canadian government’s decision to intern Ukrainian Canadians during the First World War.) and Historical Significance. (Students learn to question why some important events are ignored as they compare the significance of the WWI internment of Ukrainian Canadians with the WWII internment of Japanese Canadians.)
Lois is working with Michelle to integrate the mural experience into learning opportunities that will include Museum field trips with visits to the “wall”. Michelle would love to hear how she can support High School and Elementary teachers interested in availing themselves of this unique opportunity in our community.