War Cabinet Minutes: 1942-05-22

War Cabinet Minutes: 1942-05-22


Title Proper RG2 A-5-B REEL C-04874 FILE M ITEM 3
Date(s) 1942
General material designation
This item contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This item includes minutes of the War Committee of the Cabinet, dated 22 May 1942. These minutes discuss a request of the UK government to undertake the "training of native coloured troops engaged in guard and security duties on ships," as well as the issue of the enlistment of Japanese Canadians in the army. The topic of enlistment and discharge is discussed in response to the meeting of May 16. It was decided further information should be obtained regarding the U.S. policy before any formal action be taken. The Committee suggested however, that "the Army might take other means to provide for the discharge of Japanese on other than racial grounds."
Name of creator
Canada. Privy Council Office 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.
The digitization level of this record is unknown.



War Cabinet Minutes: 1942-05-22
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