80th Anniversary of Internment – January 16, 1942


January 16, 1942

Order-In-Council P.C. 365 creates a 100-mile “protected area” on the coast of British Columbia from which male enemy aliens are excluded.

The story of the injustice against Japanese Canadians in 1942 is Canadian history. 80 years ago, about 22,000 Japanese Canadians were forcibly uprooted, dispossessed, incarcerated, and exiled. The action against Japanese Canadians (babies to seniors) was a racist act not for national security. Senior representatives of both the Canadian military and the RCMP said that Japanese Canadians did not pose any threat to the security of the country. None of the 22,000 was ever charged with any espionage or as a threat to Canada. Throughout this year, the National Association of Japanese Canadians will be sharing some of the facts and stories from 1942. Remember so that the injustice is never repeated with any other group of people.

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