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Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens

Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens: Memories of World War II, a project by Columbus

Centre, acknowledges and commemorates the experience of Italian Canadians during World War II. During this time, 31,000 were designated as enemy aliens. They were fingerprinted, photographed and ordered to report monthly to the police; about 600 were interned in remote camps.

The project collected the personal memories of surviving internees, enemy aliens and family members. This work forms a national inventory and archive, along with related print, photographic and other resources. This material is available to the general public and the Italian Canadian community through a permanent exhibit housed at Columbus Centre, a travelling exhibit, a website, a monument, and a publication.

To visit the official website/digital archive, see www.ItalianCanadianww2.ca

Permanent Exhibit

Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens: Memories of WWII permanent exhibit (located in the Carrier Gallery, Upper Gallery)

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
Admission: Free

Travelling Exhibit

Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadians Experiences during WWII travelling exhibit.
Opening at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 23 to March 12, 2017.


Coverage of the travelling exhibit in Halifax’s Chronicle Herald

To book this travelling exhibit for your museum/organization, contact us!


Riflessi: Italian Canadian internment Memorial by Harley Valentine (located in the Villa Colombo gardens at Dufferin and Lawrence Ave. West)


Fall/Winter 2016-17




Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the interment of Italian Canadians. Pick up your free copy from the Cultural Arts department or download it from here.

Contact info:
416-789-7011 Ext. 244/248