Ron Morel Memorial Museum Insider's Look

Canada's World War I Internment/Prisoner-of-War Camps

Canada's World War I Internment/Prisoner-of-War Camps

Bruce Scott holds a photograph frame made by an internee at the World War I Kapuskasing Internment/Prisoner-of-War Camp. Dolores Scott is at left. Curator Julie Latimer, at centre, points to the flags of the Allied countries on the centre part of the frame (item#2007.7.3). This frame was part of a bigger donation of other works of art and photographs taken during the time Bruce's father, Edgar Thomas Scott, was telegraph operator at the Kapuskasing railway station.

This objet d'art is testimony to the thousands of men who were unjustly interned in Canada during World War I, interned because they had immigrated to Canada on an Austro-Hungarian passport. Many of them were escaping religious or political persecution, but wound up being interned because of their nation of origin. Many wanted to join the Canadian Expeditionary Forces to fight against Canada's enemies, but were refused.

Despite the unjust internment of these men, many of them created beautiful works of art that form part of the Ron Morel Memorial Museum's permanent exhibition on World War I internment.

The history of Canada's internment of Eastern Europeans during World War I is not very well-known. We must remember, and not repeat it.