Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War

by Pamela Hickman and Jean Smith Cavalluzzo

A newly updated edition explains how prejudice and racism led to the roundup and internment of hundreds of loyal Italian Canadians during the Second World War and includes the federal government’s apology for the internment in 2021.

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Italian Canadian Internment is designed to provide an introductory-level overview of the internment of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War. This title makes use of photos and illustrations, firsthand accounts, and sections of easily digestible text to engage students with the material. The titles in this series are ideal for introductory-level university classes where students may not have encountered these subjects before.

About the Authors

Pamela Hickman
Pamela Hickman
Jean Smith Cavalluzzo
Jean Smith Cavalluzzo

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She is also the co-author of Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

JEAN SMITH CAVALLUZZO is a Toronto writer interested in social justice issues. She has degrees in sociology and social work as well as a diploma in journalism. Her articles have appeared in Chatelaine, the Toronto Star, Eye-talian Magazine and the Globe and Mail. She has also written for CBC Radio. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


"Even if a community can "move on", a story like this should never be forgotten. Italian Canadian Internment during the Second World War does an excellent job of telling the story of an ethnic community subjected to grossly unfair treatment and systemic discrimination, both by fellow Canadians and, most regrettably, the Canadian government. The book features a wealth of well-captioned visual material: colour and black and white photos, facsimiles of personal and government documents, and most powerfully, first-person accounts from the many who suffered as a result of the War Measures Act." Highly Recommended.
Joanne Peters, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Hickman and Smith Cavalluzzo have written an informative and visually appealing book about the internment of Italian Canadians, incorporating personal photographs and testimonies, newspaper articles, historical photographs and many other primary sources." Full Review
"This book is very well-done... The visuals are spectacular and will surely be a drawing card for students at the upper elementary and junior high levels" Rated E, excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!
Victoria Pennell, Resource Links

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Righting Canada's Wrongs Resource Guide

Righting Canada's Wrongs Resource Guide

A resource guide for the Righting Canada's Wrongs series that provides lessons in historical thinking.

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