Talk + Book Launch | The Stories Were Not Told by Sandra Semchuk

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a talk and book launch for The Stories Were Not Told: Canada's First World War Internment Camps by Sandra Semchuk. The talk will be followed by a launch and book signing with refreshments at READ Books.

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.

The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and inter-generational consequences of Canada’s first national internment operations.The Stories Were Not Told is published by University of Alberta Press and has been made possible by a grant from the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.

READ Books respectfully acknowledges that this event takes place on the unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

About Sandra Semchuk
Sandra Semchuk is a Ukrainian Canadian photographer, video artist and writer born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. She completed her BFA at University of Saskatchewan in 1970 and her MA at the University of New Mexico in 1983. She was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Semchuk has exhibited her work at Presentation House, the Belkin, Vancouver and Comox Valley Art Galleries, British Columbia, the Photographers Gallery, the Mendel, Chapel, Mann, Godfrey Dean and McKenzie Art Galleries of Saskatchewan, Urban Shaman in Manitoba, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, the Center for Creative Photography, Arizona, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fotofeis in Scotland and the Museu D’art Contemporani in Spain. She taught photography at Emily Carr University from 1987-2018.