Monday, July 22, 2019

Downtown Vancouver Japanese Home addresses prior to repatriation: Database available online

 Check out your address to see if the property was originally owned by .....

Naturalized Canadians Repatriated to Japan 1946     005-1142.27.003.pdf

home addresses prior to repatriation

Property prior to
Page 1 of 71     78 W. 7th Ave., Vancouver

Atagi, Ishimatsu;    Internment Camp:   Kelowna, B.C.

Property prior to
Page 3 of 71      1130 Stewart Ave., Nanaimo

Kashimoto, Morinosuko   997 Howe Street, Vancouver

Tashme Internment Camp 

Tashme, a mountain valley 22 kilometres southeast of Hope

1)      Prince Rupert
2)      997 Howe Street
3)     Nanaimo            
4)     Steveston
5)     342 Powell Street
6)     763 East Cordova Street
7)     Steveston
8)     504 East Hastings
9)     753 East Cordova


Yoho National Park road and campsites, built by Japanese residents of BC,  or German prisoners of war.  The Cooking spaces at Yoho are falling into disrepair, is it because of Shame or

“While women and children were sent to internment camps, what is little known is that about 1,700 able-bodied Japanese-Canadian men aged 18 to 45 years old, were sent to road camps to build Highway 3, the Hope-Princeton Highway, Highway 1, Revelstoke-Sicamous Highway, and…Highway 5, as forced labour,” said Laura Saimoto, who worked on the legacy sign project as part of the Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee. 

“These highways were deemed a priority for national security by the Canadian government. And in the case of Hope-Princeton Highway, the government saw it as an alternative route to Highway 1 in case of enemy sabotage.”


Vancouver Sun: 
Dan Fumano: Reclaiming and redress highlight new conversation about historic wrongs
Opinion: The idea of the Japanese Canadian community reclaiming a stolen property in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been given more weight by recently launched official consultations on redress.   July 21, 2019

Globe and Mail 
     Trio of cabins marks Japanese internment camp
 When the time came to disperse the thousands of ethnic Japanese from their enforced stay amid the Pacific National Exhibition's odorous cattle barns, wartime authorities wanted them out of sight, out of mind.


In September, 1939, the site was reclaimed by the Department of Defence and adapted for use as Kananaskis Internment Camp #130, a prison camp for civilian internees and enemy merchant seamen.  Two years later, the majority of these detainees were sent to facilities in eastern Canada and the site was enlarged and fortified for use as a prisoners of war camp.  The camp detained combat officer personnel from late 1942 until 1946, when the camp closed.  During their time in detention, the internees engaged in numerous activities, including clearing the valley that now forms the bed of Barrier Lake.  There were 26,000 prisoners of  war interned in Alberta during the Second World War - more than were interned in any other province.  The Colonel's Cabin is one of the few structural reminders of this chapter in provincial history.

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