Japanese Canadians

During World War II, approximately 21,000 Japanese Canadians, citizens and non-citizens alike, were removed from their homes in western British Columbia and placed in camps in the interior of the country. Able-bodied men, both Issei and Nisei, were separated from their families and sent to work in forests and on railroads and highways. Families were subsequently banished to remote mining ghost towns, sent to work on sugar beet farms, or permitted to resettle east of the Cascade Mountains where the government severely restricted their movements. Land, buildings, and other properties were seized without compensation and without the owners' permission. Japanese Canadians were forbidden from returning to the West Coast until 1949, four years after the war ended. In September 1988, the Canadian government formally apologized for the mass removal and incarceration and awarded individual compensation to all survivors.

Japanese Canadians (123)

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 7 (February 21, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 7 (February 21, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-7)
Selected article titles: "Hirabayashi Celebrates Victory" (pp. 1, 5), "Noted Architect Yamasaki Dies" (p. 1), "East Wind: The Canadian Nisei" (p. 4), and "From the Frying Pan: Overseas Japanese" (p. 5).
Japanese-Canadians on a train to an incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-52-11)
img Japanese-Canadians on a train to an incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-52-11)
A few men look out the windows of a train while a group of men look up towards the train windows. The caption above the photo reads, "Internment Bound--Japanese-Canadians get in a final farewell as a train, bound for an internment camp, leaves Vancouver in 1942. No Canadian of Japanese descent was ever shown to be …
Japanese Canadians (ddr-csujad-55-363)
doc Japanese Canadians (ddr-csujad-55-363)
Pamphlet on immigration, incarceration, and "resettlement" of Japanese Canadians during World War II. This is an issue, vol. VI, no. 2 of "Behind the headlines," a series of pamphlets on current problems, published by Canadian Institute of International Affairs in Toronto, Canada. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0365
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "In Canada" (ddr-densho-35-385)
Two newspaper clippings from the Pacific Citizen, one of which is titled "Evacuees in Canada: Special Inducements Offered By Dominion to 'Repatriates.'"
doc "Canada Japanese Face Restriction" (ddr-densho-96-10)
Full headline: "Canada Japanese Face Restriction. Removal of Nipponese From Coast Will Be Asked at Ottawa by Emissaries"
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 30 (April 3, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-99)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 30 (April 3, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-99)
"Canada Curbs on Japanese to Continue" (p. 1), "House Gets Few More Measures to Aid 3 Japanese Aliens" (p. 1), "Judd Urges Quick Amendment on Naturalization Bills" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 59 (August 19, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-46)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 59 (August 19, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-46)
"Japanese Canadians Slate Parley in Toronto" (p. 1), "JACL Should Help Nisei Businesses Instead of Lobbying in Capitol, Says Dr. Kunitomo in Visit Here" (p. 1), "Court Stands Pat on Ruling: Release U.S. Renunciants" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 33 (May 2, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-19)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 33 (May 2, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-19)
"Housing Shortage Hits Buyers in Japan" (p. 1), "Two Receive Commissions at Presidio" (p. 1) "A Sample of Anti-Japanese Trite" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 56 (July 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-223)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 56 (July 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-223)
"B.C. Fishermen Disapprove of Biased Action" (p. 1), "Talks on ENI to be Heard" (p. 1), "Schmoe, Rev. Andrews to Leave this Week for Hiroshima City" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 68 (September 19, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-55)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 68 (September 19, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-55)
"Asks for Unity on Bainbridge in Hall Issue" (p. 1), "Canada Ends Voluntary "Repatriation' of Japanese at Government Expense" (p. 1), "Backs Americanism Body's Action" (p. 1), "LARA Reports Relief Aid to Needy Japan" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 23 (March 19, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-190)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 23 (March 19, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-190)
"Franchise for B.C. Japanese Urged in Wismer Amendment" (p. 1), "Cites Hardships Due to Ruling" (p. 1), "Joint Rites Set for March 26 to Salute 7 Nisei War Dead; Services to be in Bukkyo-Kai" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 80 (October 7, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-248)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 80 (October 7, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-248)
"Canadian Japanese Unit Submits Eight-Point Proposal Calling for More Funds for Wartime Evacuees" (p. 1), "Memorial Monument in Rose City will Salute 14 Nisei GI War Dead; Dedication Rites to be Oct. 30" (p. 1), "M. Masaoka is "Nisei of Year' at JACL Confab" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 18 (March 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-185)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 18 (March 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-185)
"House Passes Judd's ENI Measure" (p. 1), "A Few More Queries, Replies on Evacuation Claims Law" (p. 1), "B.C. Japanese Count Days as March 31, 1949, Nears; Federal Curbs End Then" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 39 (June 6, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-27)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 39 (June 6, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-27)
"Many Alaska Salmon Industry Workers Sought" (p. 1), "Report Cites B.C. Removal of Japanese" (p. 1), "Okada and Satow Will Speak Here Monday Night in Buddhist Church; Report on Claims Board Bill" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 82 (November 7, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-69)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 82 (November 7, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-69)
"Portland, Seattle Ready to Greet ADC Chieftain" (p. 1), "Canadians to Consider Civil Rights Measure" (p. 1), "Newsman Learns Japanese Hope for U.S.-Soviet War" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 73 (October 7, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-60)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 73 (October 7, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-60)
"Canada Releases Claims Data" (p. 1), "Believes JACL Could Aid Nisei Left in Japan" (p. 1), "Jackson Street Area Chest Workers Selected; Allasina, Principal of Bailey Gatzert, Heads New Army" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 60 (July 27, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-227)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 60 (July 27, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-227)
"Canada Japanese to Get Bonus" (p. 1), "Ex-Seattleite in Tokyo Reports on Japanese Repats from USSR" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 94 (November 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-155)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 94 (November 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-155)
"Trends Show B.C. Resettlers Intend to Stay Put in East; Population Increase Cited" (p. 1), "National JACL-ADC Mails First of Series of Papers Designed to Aid Claimants" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 22 (March 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-189)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 22 (March 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-189)
"ADC Releases More Queries, Replies in Regard to Your Evacuation Claims Measure" (p. 1), "Amendment Seeks to Rid Vote Bias" (p. 1), "Chicago, Washington Hold Final Rites for Two More Nisei Combat War Heroes" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 56 (August 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-43)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 56 (August 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-43)
"Ex-Navy Officer Wires Governor in Montana for Permission to Wed Japanese Girl in Tokyo" (p. 1), "Protest Canada's Program to Deal with Japanese Evacuation Losses" (p. 1), "Emperor's Gold Fish Unimportant, No Longer Under Law in Japan" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 61 (July 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-228)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 61 (July 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-228)
"130 Strandees Ask Re-Entry, JCCA Reports" (p. 1), "Justice Department Unit Aide Outlines How Its L.A. Office Will Process the Claims" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 41 (May 21, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-208)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 41 (May 21, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-208)
"B.C. Union Resolves Not to Oppose to Japanese Getting Fish Licenses" (p. 1), "Local Community Will Pay Tribute to GI Dead May 30" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 70 (September 26, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-57)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 70 (September 26, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-57)
"Canadian Minister of Justice Ilsley Discloses Broadening of Terms of Reference on Japanese Evacuee Claims" (p. 1), "VFW Assists Vets Seeking Claims Data" (p. 1), "ADC to Enter Cases Linking Covenant Club" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 20 (February 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-91)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 20 (February 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-91)
"Ten Sit-Down Strikers Determined to Squat in Former RAF Quarters in Moose Jaw Until March 31" (p. 1), "I.A.M. Awaits End of Alaska Worker Issue" (p. 1), "824 Yankees Wed Japanese Through Jan. 1" (p. 2), "ADC Aide Assured Backing of West Virginia Leaders" (p. 4).
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