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by Bill Waiser
Between 1915 and 1946, the Canadian government put some ten thousand unskilled foreigners, jobless and homeless people, conscientious objectors, perceived enemies of the state, and prisoners of war to work in western
Canada's national parks. These men had committed no crimes, but because of war or
depression, they were seen as a possible threat to public order and a potentia ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Fifth House Publishers
(first published October 1995)
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Waiser sets out to tell the story of the mostly forgotten people that laboured in Canada's National Parks during turbulent periods in Canada's history. The book is divided into six sections, each devoted to a specific group of people in a specific time period and the work they did in the parks, along with the problems and prejudice these people faced: enemy aliens(WWI), relief workers(Great Depression), transients(Great Depression), conscientious objectors(WWII), Japanese(WWII), and Nazis(WWII). ...more
Fascinating history of internment camps within Canada's National Parks between WWI and the end of WWII. From destitute men on the streets to German POW's, a wide variety of men worked in these camps over the years and built many of the roads and buildings that we take for granted in these parks today.
It was a very interesting read. I knew there had been prisoners of war but not that the parks had held other people and yes there should be some recognition of the contributions made by the parks or the government of Canada for those that built during their incarceration.