Government Records Collection

Government Records Collection


Title Proper Government Records Collection
Date(s) 1893-1976
General material designation
This fonds contains 334 textual records and 29 sound recordings.
Scope and content
This fonds contains thirty-nine series of primarily Provincial Government of British Columbia records, in addition to British Columbia Archives records. Material includes correspondence, reports, files, speeches, letters, and various writings pertaining to the Japanese Canadian community and the following: court and Supreme Court (Supreme Court of Canada and Supreme Court of BC) cases in Vancouver and Victoria; the transformation of buildings in New Denver to be a youth clinic; the seizure of motor vehicles, fishing vessels, and licences of Japanese Canadians; hospital bills of Japanese Canadians in the Slocan Valley; deaths of Japanese Canadians due to murder or work site accidents; health regulations regarding Japanese Canadians; school reports from public high schools and elementary schools in the interior of British Columbia; discussion regarding the fishing trade; discussion of child welfare, including child neglect, family separation, and health care; the transformation of Japanese Canadian–owned farmland to be used for returning veteran soldiers; transfers of ownerships of estates; the incorporation of Japanese Canadian–owned companies into the BC Companies Act; the forced exile and deportation of Japanese Canadians; court cases between Royston Lumber Company Limited and members of the community; various criminal acts involving Japanese Canadians; and audio interviews of many Japanese Canadian community members.
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Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.


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Government Records Collection
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Readers of these historical materials will encounter derogatory references to Japanese Canadians and euphemisms used to obscure the intent and impacts of the internment and dispossession. While these are important realities of the history, the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective urges users to carefully consider their own terminological choices in writing and speaking about this topic today as we confront past injustice. See our statement on terminology, and related sources here.