Association of Italian Canadian Writers
The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) produced a series of articles in Accenti Magazine as well as the anthology, Behind Barbed Wire: Creative Works on the Internment of Italian Canadians. A second anthology, Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian Canadians, was co-published with Columbus Centre of Toronto. Both were edited by Licia Canton, Domenic Cusmano, Michael Mirolla and Jim Zucchero.
These publications raise awareness about the complex issues surrounding the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War II by examining the internment and its aftermath from a wide range of perspectives.Visit AICW's website
Italian Cultural Centre Society
The Italian Cultural Centre Society (ICC) in Vancouver, BC created a project entitled A Question of Loyalty, which recognized and commemorated the experiences of those affected by the internment of Italian Canadians in British Columbia during World War II.
The project included a play (Fresco, written by Lucia Frangione in collaboration with the BellaLuna Ensemble) a book (Injustice Served, the story of BC’s WWII Italian Enemy Aliens by Ray Culos), and an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Centre (Beyond the Barbed Wire: Experiences of Italian Canadians in WWII).Visit the ICC's website See all collection items from this project
James Lorimer & Company Ltd.
James Lorimer & Company Ltd. has published another book in its series of non-fiction books for young readers. Entitled Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War by Pamela Hickman and Jean Smith Cavalluzzo, the book uses historical photographs, paintings, documents, and first-person narratives to offer a full account of this little-known episode in Canadian history.
A teacher resource guide with lesson plans and suggested learning activities is available for this book. It can be downloaded free from the publisher's website. The Righting Canada's Wrongs Resource Guide was prepared with the help of CHRP funding.Visit Lorimer's website See all collection items from this project
Media Monkey Productions
A Troublesome Woman is a short animated film and part of the ICI multimedia project that reveals the stories of some of the 600 Italian Canadians who were labeled 'enemy aliens' and arrested during RCMP raids on June 10, 1940. Using a unique blend of powerful first-person accounts, rare archival materials, stop action and 2D animation, this short film and website uncovers the dramatic events that led a country known for its promotion and protection of human rights, to violate some of its citizen’s most basic civil liberties.Visit Media Monkey's website See all collection items from this project
Shadowpath Theatre Productions
Shadowpath Theatre Productions, a professional theatre company and registered not-for-profit organization, used the stage to increase awareness of the internment of Italian Canadians during World War II. The play Paradise by the River, written by Canadian playwright Vittorio Rossi, toured in 2010 after its debut in Vaughan, Ontario in 2008.
To see coverage of the production and rehearsal footage, visit the Shadowpath YouTube page.Visit Shadowpath's website See all collection items from this project
Piazza Petawawa: The Paradox
Piazza Petawawa: The Paradox, directed by Rino Noto and produced by Bob Sacco, National President of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA), tells the stories and harsh realities of the internment of Italian Canadians during World War II. It presents personal accounts through archival footage and historical contextualization.
A Troublesome Woman
A Troublesome Woman, is produced by Media Monkey Productions: Writer/Director Micol Marotti, Director of Animation Jeff Halligan. The film is based on true accounts of Italian Canadian internee experiences. It weaves multiple storylines around the central figure of Mario Duliani, a former journalist, considered the 'father' of the Montreal theatre, who becomes one of the most controversial figures in the Italian Canadian community after he authors the only account of life in the internment camps.
Download our classroom activity and link to other resources on the experience of Italian Canadians during World War II. You will also find resources on the experiences of other groups in Canadian history. These are either related to or can be compared with the experience of Italian Canadians.See the list
We have provided a select bibliography of resources used by our own researchers and project staff. The list includes museum and archival collections in Canada, which are available to the general public. Other published and unpublished materials are also indicated. Links are provided, where available.See the list