File J-25-1: Japanese Canadians (1941-42)

File J-25-1: Japanese Canadians (1941-42)


Title Proper RG2 B-2 VOLUME 025 FILE J-25-1941
Date(s) 1941
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file consists of information relating to the "evacuation" of Japanese Canadians and Japanese national citizens from the "protected area." It includes the following: a copy of Order-in-Council PC 6247 (authorizing boats and equipment owned by persons of Japanese descent to be vested in the control of the Custodian of Enemy Property); PC 3737 (regarding compensation for damage to fishing vessels and fishing equipment); PC 1942-1665 (regarding the custody and control of Japanese property by the government); a press statement dated 25 February 1942 publicizing the Order that excludes any and all persons of Japanese ancestry from the "protected areas"; PC 1486 (which outlines the "protected area"); PC 987 (discusses the liquidation of fishing vessels); minutes of a conference on Canadian policy in relation to the "Japanese problem" from January 1942 (with mentions of the forced sale of property); a memorandum on progress with relation to the "Japanese problem" in BC (with comparisons to the United States within); a notice from the Prime Minister regarding Canadian policy (e.g., arranging for a special office for the sale, lease, requisition or charter of fishing vessels and equipment [p. 34]); PC 288 (on the Japanese Fishing Vessel Disposal Committee); PC 1942-251 (prohibition of all persons of Japanese ancestry from fishing or serving on fishing vessels); minutes of the conference on the "Japanese problem" in BC in 1942; a memorandum regarding immobilized Japanese boats in BC (discusses the arrangement of sale of boats); agenda from a meeting in 1942 to consider questions concerned with Japanese Canadians and Japanese national citizens in BC (discusses fishing vessels); and memoranda regarding the participation of persons of Japanese origin in the BC fisheries and their proposed prohibition from the industry.
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.
This record was digitized selectively.



File J-25-1: Japanese Canadians (1941-42)
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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.