Joint Initiative with the BC Government
A monument in Victoria, the province’s Capital, is being planned to honour all 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were forcibly uprooted and displaced from their BC coastal homes. The monument will be overseen by the BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services through proper procurement protocols.
The dream and vision for the monument is that it will envelope the origin story of Japanese Canadians who settled in cities, towns, and villages, primarily along the coast. The tactile names on the wall will help to recognize individuals and families and where they lived before the forced uprooting, seizure and forced sale of assets, incarceration, internment, permanent dispossession, and two waves of displacement. We hope there will be a digital version of this project wherein people can search for the names and where they are situated on the monument.
– Susanne Tabata, CEO JC Legacies Society
Database of Names
In preparation for the project, a research team at the University of Victoria under the direction of Michael Abe has developed a database of names from 14,500 Library and Archives Canada case files in addition to multiple databases. This research has been ongoing from January 2023 through January 2024. This list of names contains Japanese Canadians who were uprooted and displaced. An additional list of those born in captivity from 1942 to 1949 is also being developed.