CRRF acknowledges agreement in principle on redress with the Italian Canadians
The announcement will see an initial provision of $2.5 million to organizations in the Italian Canadian community. The money, along with future provisions subject to a final agreement, is designated for use for educational and commemorative purposes.
During the Second World War, persons of Italian descent in Canada were declared enemies of the state and about 700 were interned. The package announced by the government does not include an apology nor compensation.
''If the Italian Canadian community, and particularly those who were interned, is satisfied with the agreement-in-principle and the eventual provisions of an agreement, then the CRRF celebrates with them,'' said Paul Winn, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. ''Our policy is to support the wishes of the community in this matter. For many in the Italian Canadian community the agreement lacks the essential ingredient of an apology which is nothing more than an acknowledgement of an offence.''
The CRRF, which was founded as part of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, supports the right of communities that have been wronged to seek redress and reparations.