Doc tells little-known story of WWI internment camps
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Growing up in a UkrainianCanadian household, he’d never heard that about the war and he went to his history teacher to learn more.
“He said, ‘You mean the Japanese internment during World War II?’ and I said, ‘No, I mean the Ukrainian internment during World War I,’ ” Boyko, 38, recalled in a recent phone interview. “And he looked at me and said, ‘That never happened.’ ”
The experience sparked a decades-long research journey into the little-known chapter of Canada’s history for Boyko, resulting in his feature directorial debut That Never Happened, which
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screened in Ottawa and several other Canadian cities through Nov. 12. It hits various digital platforms on Nov. 13, and will be available on demand through Shaw and Bell.
The documentary features interviews with experts and internee descendants as it details Canada’s first national internment operations between 1914 to 1920, when roughly 8,500 people from Ukraine and other European countries were labelled “enemy aliens” and unjustly put into camps under the War Measures Act.
Described in the film as essentially “prison camps,” some of them were in national parks and had inadequate food, clothing and shelter for the internees, who were forced to do hard labour. At least 106 people died in the camps, said Boyko.
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