"The report by Richard Sanders
in the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade's latest magazine documents the
shameful history of how at different times Canadian governments have made use of
internment camps, forced labour and deportation in order to silence, intimidate
and oppress large numbers of citizens because of their ethnic background or
because they were seeking to improve the terrible working conditions and
exploitation of workers of the time and were seeking to advance social justice.
This history is largely unknown, as is the fact that so many political leaders –
including members of the CCF – were complicit and failed to oppose these
"We need to bring this history to light and we need to
learn important lessons on how to prevent such crimes and such complicity."
is a long-time campaigner for human rights and was an early activist with the
Voice of Women and the Victoria Status of Women Action Group. She was a founder
of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, and a former director of the
Court Challenges Program of Canada and the
BC Human Rights Commission. She founded RightOnCanada.ca and is the founder and coordinator of the
Rotterdam Convention Alliance,
whose members work to control the global trade in hazardous chemicals. In June
2016, she received the
Quebec National Assembly's medal for efforts to stop Canada's
deadly trade in asbestos.
above quotation is from a
subscriber's comments about issue #68 of Press for Conversion!
(the magazine of the Coalition to Oppose the
This issue is called
Renditions of the Peaceable Kingdom at War,
from Narratives of WWI and the Red Scare
to the Mass Internment
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