University of Alberta Press has published an important new book by Sandra Semchuk, a photographic, text, and video artist, and the winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). Semchuk will be touring Canada in the coming months to create a discussion around The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps.
In The Stories Were Not Told, Semchuk highlights Canada’s internment operations during the First World War, in which many immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as enemy aliens.
In her cross-Canada tour, Semchuk will create a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories after a century of suppression. Through photography, she will show the contemporary sites of the 24 internment camps, adding historical images and documents to allow readers a fuller glimpse of the past. Finally, Semchuk will describe how lives and society have been shaped by acts of legislated racism and help people understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first internment camps.
“Using photography, cultural history, and personal history, Semchuk presents this largely unrecognized event as part of the process toward reconciliation and healing,” says Emil Yereniuk, Chair of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and sponsor of the tour.
About the Press
University of Alberta Press is a contemporary, award-winning publisher of scholarly and creative books distinguished by their editorial care, exceptional design, and global reach. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAlberta Press contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada.
The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) was established to support projects that commemorate and recognize the experiences of all of the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.
For More Information
1. Cathie Crooks, Associate Director, University of Alberta Press, firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-492-5820
2. Sandra Semchuk, Photographer and Scholar, email@example.com, 604-354-7608
3. Andrea Malysh, Program Manager. Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-288-793