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Photographs

This sub-series consists of photographic black & white and color images depicting the Sons of Freedom’s various protest and gathering activities from 1927 until 1993. The protests and gatherings were results of various circumstances that the Sons of Freedom found unjustly and worthy of fighting against. Some of the protest were the response to the Canadian government treatment of the Sons, including detention of the children or prison sentences given for arson and public nudity. Other protests were prompted by discontent with leadership issues and divisions within the Doukhobor community as well as by eagerness to demonstrate the Sons’ beliefs. This sub-series includes images of protesters gathering, marching and/or being arrested; images of trek to Aggasiz and camp settlement; images of arson; images of nude protests and images of visits to New Denver School Dormitory where the Sons of Freedom children were detained

[Sons of Freedom's children detained in New Denver]

Photographs depicting conditions at the New Denver “internment” camp “The Buchenwald of British Columbia, as it was dubbed – for Doukhobor children, 1956-7. Poignant images of the newly-fenced compound, children reaching for their parents through the chain-link fence, RCMP officers standing guard, gathering of mothers outside the gates, etc. Fence was installed in 1956. Photos taken winter and summer 1957. Some have descriptions on verso in Russian, several are dated.

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