The Internment of Japanese Canadians

In 1977, Japanese Canadians celebrated 100 years of life in Canada. For many of those years, however, Canadian law and the cruelty of their fellow citizens caused substantial harm to large numbers of Canadians of Japanese descent.

The worst discrimination began in 1942, when harsh wartime measures adopted during the Second World War would ruin the lives of many Japanese Canadian families.

After a long struggle and a real commitment to integration, Japanese Canadians finally became a respected community. Its nationally acclaimed members include the scientist and environmentalist, David Suzuki, the painter, Miyuki Tanobe, novelist Joy Kogawa and Judo master Mas Takahashi.