Surrey-Whalley MLA unveils plaque commemorating 100th anniversary of internment of Ukrainians and others

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Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston
Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston

Surrey: Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley and Official Opposition spokesperson for multiculturalism, unveiled a plaque at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Surrey-Whalley commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start in Canada in 1914 of national internment operations.

“We honour the memory of all those interned and keep the spirit of tolerance and reconciliation uppermost in our minds as we remember,” said Ralston.

The majority of those interned across Canada were of Ukrainian descent but there were also Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Rumanians, Serbians, Slovaks and, in addition, Armenians, Alevi Kurds and other citizens of the Ottoman Empire, the MLA said in a statement.

“Ukrainian Canadians have played an important part in the building of Canada since that time,” said Ralston.