Lost Liberties — The War Measures Act

December 17, 2021 to September 5, 2022

What happens when personal freedoms come into conflict with national security?

Lost Liberties – The War Measures Act probes the fears, racism and crises that drove the suspension of civil liberties in Canada during the First World War, the Second World War and the 1970 October Crisis, and features poignant first-hand accounts from the men, women and children who lived through it.

The exhibition examines notably the internment of Canadians of Ukrainian origin and other nationalities during the First World War, the internment of Italian Canadians and the internment and forced relocation of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and the arrest of hundreds of people in Quebec during the 1970 October Crisis.

An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History and generously supported by a grant from the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.

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