Oriental Exclusion and Franchise

Oriental Exclusion and Franchise


Title Proper F0 GR1222 BOX 189 FILE 04
Date(s) 1947
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Letter from citizen regarding Japanese Canadian franchise. Letters from Greenwood Board of Trade to Community Association regarding Japanese Canadian labor, advocating their rights as Canadian citizens and resisting/condemning the systemic racism of the government in a resolution protesting “the discrimination against the employment of Japanese labor on Crown lands.” Letter from J.P. Knox advocating Japanese Canadian rights to work in Greenwood area. Letter from United Church advocating citizenship privileges for Japanese Canadians, “East Indian[s],” and Chinese Canadians. Letters from Watson Kirkconnell, Victoria First Baptist Church, and private citizens regarding “East Indian” franchise. Letters from women’s organizations advocating "Native Indian" franchise. Resolution from Canadian Legion UBC branch advocating for political and economic rights for "Native Indians." Letter from Ashcroft Board of Trade opposing “concentration of foreign elements.” Factum from Andrew Paull North American Indian Brotherhood regarding franchise for Indigenous peoples. Telegram from Guy Williams of Native Brotherhood of BC stating that Andre Paull not a representative of that organization. Telegram from William Scow of Native Brotherhood of BC declaring end of “white controls of our lands.” Letter from citizen regarding U.S. India Immigration and Naturalization Act.
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