Road Between Shutty Bench and Lardo

Road Between Shutty Bench and Lardo


Title Proper F0 GR1222 BOX 045 FILE 01
Date(s) 1942
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This file contains correspondence between Premier Hart, the Chief Engineer of Public Works, and the Nelson Board of Trade regarding the building of a highway north of Kaslo. The Nelson Board of Trade requested the use of “Japanese labor” for the road camp. According to MLA Frank Putnam, the community “is quite emphatic” about this arrangement because they believe that interned Japanese Canadians “should be put to some useful work.” On principle, the Premier agreed that this would be “suitable winter work” and suggested that the Federal government be informed of this proposal. Ultimately, however, the Premier decided that “there are no funds available” to pursue this project.
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The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Road Between Shutty Bench and Lardo
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