Japanese Constables on Fraser River

Japanese Constables on Fraser River


Title Proper F0 GR0429 BOX 07 FILE 3
Date(s) 1901
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This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file contains a letter from the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society in Steveston to the Superintendent of Provincial Police requesting that “two or three special constables from among their number” be appointed to the Fraser River for the upcoming fishing season. The society felt that English-speaking Japanese constables were needed in light of recent racial and labour tensions in the fishing industry. They offered to “find and equip the men.” The Superintendent of the Provincial Police forwarded the request to the Attorney-General.
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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.
This record was digitized selectively.



Japanese Constables on Fraser River
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