Frequently Asked Questions
What are the objectives of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund?
The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund was established to support projects that
commemorate and recognize the experiences of all of the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada's
First National Internment Operations 1914-1920.
Why was it created?
In May 2008 representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Community reached an agreement with the
Government of Canada providing for the creation of an endowment fund to support commemorative,
educational, scholarly and cultural projects intended to remind all Canadians of this episode in our nation's
What is the organizational profile of the CRWWIRF?
CFWWIRF received a one-time endowment of $10 million from the Government of Canada. The CFWWIRF
represent all the ethno-cultural communities affected by the First World War internment. These include the
Croatian, Hungarian, Serbian, Czech Republic, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Turks and Ukrainian communities.
The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is proud of its' commitment to become legal
custodian for the Fund and assume managerial responsibility over its long term objectives. In addition, a full-time
Program Manager oversees the day-to-day operations. The Endowment operates solely on the income
derived from investments and donations.
I would like to know more about Canada's First World War Internment Operations, 1914-
1920 and the Redress Agreement.
For more information on the Internment Operations and Inky Mark, MP Private Members Bill C-331 please
browse our website, www.internmentcanada.ca or phone toll free at 1-866-288-7931.
How do I obtain funding for a First World War Internment project?
Please click here
to download the grant application form (PDF).
Do I qualify for a grant?
To be eligible for support, applicants must:
- Meet the objectives of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (otherwise
known as CFWWIRF) and qualify within the following areas of funding:
Student Support, Program Development, Development of Educational Materials, etc.
- The Arts
Theatre, Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Films, etc.
Literary Publications, Documentary Publications, Research Results, etc.
Community Development, Program Development, Leadership Training, Communications
Eligible applicants may be any one of the following;
What are the granting criteria?
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Sole Proprietorships
- Partnerships, trusts
- Joint ventures
- Educational institutions
- Unincorporated associations established in Canada or owned and controlled by Canadians and
carrying out their activities in Canada.
Please click here
to download the Grant Guidelines (PDF).
What are the First World War Internment project assessment criteria?
Can you suggest information sources (books, readings, reports) about the First World War
- To what extent will the project commemorate Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920 and educate or inform Canadians about what happened?
- To what extent does the individual, organization or group receive support from any of the affected communities or from descendants of internees?
- To what degree will the project present what happened in a novel or unique manner or make use of a medium that will help to promote awareness about Canada's first national internment operations?
- To what extent will the project reflect the multicultural nature of the internment camps and what happened to Canadians representing several different European communities in Canada just before, during and after the First World War?
The CFWWIRF's website has a list of bibliographies
, leaflet (fact sheet) and links
as well as all
the funded projects of the Endowment.
Can you suggest videos and Teacher's guide that we can use for our class presentations?
The CFWWIRF's website has a list of video's available at major libraries across Canada.
For Teacher's Guides, these can be downloaded off our website.
Our organization is planning a conference (workshop) on the Canadian First World War
Internment Operations. Can the CFWWIRF supply us with a speaker?
The CFWWIRF Endowment Council can be made available as a keynote speaker for major
national or regional conferences.
Requests can be made either in writing to the CFWWIRF office.
Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund
How can I reach the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund?
202-952 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3P4
Or by contacting our Program Manager at toll free: 1-866-288-7931
How can I reach the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund: