Repatriation of Japanese in Canada. 1945-1954.

Repatriation of Japanese in Canada. 1945-1954.


Title Proper RG18 VOLUME 3567 FILE C315-36-3-4
Date(s) 1945
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file consists of assorted correspondence, memoranda, and records pertaining to the "repatriation" (or deportation) of Japanese nationals and Japanese Canadians from 1945 to 1954. It includes and pertains to the following: records regarding the immunization and vaccination of "repatriates"; discussions of the logistics of the "repatriation" procedure (e.g., transportation of individuals); correspondence regarding United States deportation procedure; news clippings critiquing the deportation policy (questions of the legality of the procedure); records documenting the RCMP canvassing in internment camps for ‘voluntary repatriates’; anti-Japanese media; copies of the deportation orders (P.C. 7355, 7356, 7357); reports that the deportation numbers were being ‘cut in half' and that there were ‘irregularities’ in how the RCMP obtained declaration forms; and petitions against the deportation (arguing that many individuals signed under coercion). This file highlights the "co-operation between the Department of Labour and the RCMP in the administration of the provisions of the [deportation] Order."
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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 in full.



Repatriation of Japanese in Canada. 1945-1954.
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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.