Preparing the “ghost towns” for Japanese Canadian families in 1942

Ken Adachi in his book, The Enemy That Never Was, described how advance parties of Nisei and Issei men were sent to the interior towns to repair vacant houses and buildings to receive the uprooted Japanese Canadians from the west coast. However, the preparation wasn’t planned well by the Security Commission and the influx of people was coming in faster than the camps could be prepared. Shacks were being thrown up quickly. In Slocan City and Popoff, over 1,200 would end up in tents for weeks until winter.

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