Invitation to join us at the Yellowhead-Blue River Highway Project Signage Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Noon
Mt. Robson Visitor Centre
In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese men were rounded up and sent into the mountains to build highways under harsh conditions. Those sent to the Yellowhead-Blue River Highway Project were the first large group to be publicly interned, beginning the tragedy known as the Japanese Canadian Internment.
With 19 road camps, this was the largest and most remote of the four highway projects, including Hope-Princeton, Revelstoke-Sicamous, and Schreiber-Jackfish. A new interpretive display at Mt. Robson commemorates the 75th anniversary of the event.
Please join us for the ceremony in front of the sign at 12:00pm. An interesting presentation will follow in the amphitheatre from 1:00 – 3:00pm.
All are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
With many thanks to a large number of partners including the Nikkei National Museum, National Association of Japanese Canadians, Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, Parks Canada, Columbia Basin Institute, Valemount Arts and Culture Society, and many more.
We also would also like to acknowledge the traditional lands of the Simpcw and Lheidli T’enneh First Nations, where large parts of the former highway project were located, as well as the new signage.
Recent and upcoming ceremonies
June 15, Slocan Extension
July 29, Greenwood
September 7, Hope-Princeton
September 28, Revelstoke-Sicamous
Image: Baseball players at Lucerne, B.C., courtesy of Lisa Uyeda | Nikkei National Museum