Hawker siding, the site of the Saskatchewan Railway Museum, was formerly known as Eaton and was the location of an Internment Camp in 1919 where sixty-five persons of Ukrainian and German origin were detained as ‘enemy aliens’. In 2004, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee erected a monument to commemorate this dark episode in Canada’s history. Hawker siding has now been designated a Historical Heritage Site in part because of the history of Eaton siding. This is one of twenty-four similar camps across the country.
In October 2014, the Ukrainian Canadian Provincial Congress (SK) and the Saskatchewan German Council commemorated the declaration of the War Measures Act in 1914 that began the internment operations.
Pictures of that commemorative ceremony at Eaton are below. A commemorative plaque and bench will be installed next summer.
Sept 2014 -Members of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee board of directors pay a visit to the Eaton site.
October 28, 2014 Commemoration Ceremony