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Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Redress
November 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:50 pm| Admission by Donation
In early 1942, Canadian government invoked the War Measures Act. “All persons of Japanese origin” were labelled “enemy aliens”. Approximately 23,000 Japanese Canadians (75% of them were Canadian citizens) were stripped of all civil rights; their boats, farms, businesses, and houses were confiscated. They were sent to the Internment camps, to the sugar beet farms in Manitoba, to road camps, or even to prisoner-of-war camps; often families were separated. They were not allowed to return to the west coast until 1949.
In 1988, the government of Canada apologized to the Japanese Canadian community. The historic Redress was signed between the then-Prime Minister Mulroney and Art Miki, the then-president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).