The BC Government and the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians (1941–1949)

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) collaborated with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to produce this publication which is a compilation of opinion pieces from December 2019 and written by John Price. The publication date was to be earlier this year, but plans were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic also slowed down processes for the National Association of Japanese Canadians. The NAJC has used the time to do a considerable amount of work including a deeper dive on the NAJC report, Recommendations for Redressing Historical Wrongs Against Japanese Canadians in BC, which was presented to the BC Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, on November 14, 2019. We conducted provincial stakeholder engagement to further develop and clarify our recommendations. We received a response to our report from the provincial government and incorporated their feedback. Specific asks will include a number of initiatives in health and mental wellness; culture and community building; education; heritage; and acknowledgement and combatting racism. These specific asks will be presented to the BC government at upcoming meetings.

Thank you to John Price and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for this collaboration. The NAJC works to raise awareness about the history of Japanese Canadians and anti-Asian racism, so that people can learn and work to create the inclusive thriving society we desire, free from systemic racism, and equity for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

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