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Revisiting B.C.’s Japanese-Canadian internment camps

1Interested in what happened to Japanese Canadians when the Canadian government invoked the War Measures Act in 1942 and stripped their citizenship rights, categorizing them as enemy aliens and sending them to internment camps throughout the B.C. interior?

SFU Library Special Collections recently obtained a large collection of materials from one of these camps, the Blue River road camp. The documents detail how the government ran the camps, how the interned men coordinated resistance, how local businesses used them as labourers, and much more.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m., join Kirsten Emiko McAllister, an associate professor in the School of Communication for a discussion on The Japanese-Canadian Blue River Road Camp Collection. She’ll explain the significance of these records for understanding one of the Canadian government’s many programs to manage unwanted racial difference.

McAllister is the author of Terrain of Memory: A Japanese Canadian Memorial Project.

The free event takes place at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Special Collections, at the Burnaby campus.