Department of Justice Fonds

Department of Justice Fonds


Title Proper Department of Justice Fonds
Date(s) 1939-1962
General material designation
This fonds contains 30 textual records.
Scope and content
This fonds contains seventeen series containing correspondence, reports, and letters regarding the following: Order-in-Council reports passed under the War Measures Act; the restricted areas on the coast of British Columbia; Japanese Canadian–owned land in British Columbia; discussion of property owned by Japanese Canadian associations; the "repatriation" of German Canadians; the various expenses of the Bird Commission; the deportation of Japanese Canadians under habeas corpus; correspondence regarding the "relocation" of Japanese Canadians; correspondence regarding the confiscation of Canadian passports from Japanese Canadians; reports regarding the rights of Japanese Canadians re-entering Canada; the power of the Custodian of Enemy Property to forcibly liquidate Japanese Canadian property; newspaper reports regarding the Black Dragon Society; correspondence discussing amendments made to the solider settlement Veterans' Land Act; and reports concerning the Japanese Language School of Vancouver.
Name of creator
Canada. Department of Justice created this archive.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.


Digital Objects (30)



Department of Justice Fonds
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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.