The Fort St. John Museum is feeling a bit more Ukrainian at the moment.
The Museum is playing host to “The Barbed Wire Solution: Ukrainians and Canada’s First Internment Operations, 1914-1920”, an exhibit that has been making its way across the country for the last 15 years.
Organizers at the North Peace Museum are excited to have such an event at the museum, as it is the biggest exhibit yet to date, and is taking place in the museum’s new space.
“The Barbed-Wire Solution” follows Canadian Ukrainian lives from 1914-1920, including their internment at the hands of the Canadian government. The display is a walk through event, open for the whole family, and has such historical items as posters, clothing, photographs, and more. There is also an interactive map that the public can learn from, highlighting the 24 internment camps that the Canadian Ukrainians were sent too.
During the first world war, that population was hidden from the public at these 24 work camps, and often forced to do back breaking labour in poor conditions, for little to no pay.
Organizers of the event are hoping that this exhibit will teach the public something new about their country, and have also tried to include a few locals in the display as well, that will most likely be added later this month.
“The Barbed Wire Solution” is on now at the museum, and runs until October 2011.