Japanese Division [Department of Labour]

Japanese Division [Department of Labour]


Title Proper Japanese Division [Department of Labour]
Date(s) 1941-1949
General material designation
This fonds contains 52 textual records.
Scope and content
This fonds contains eighteen series which contain reports, correspondence, and documents pertaining to the Department of Labour, Japanese Division. The material contained includes admin records from the beginning of the British Columbia Security Commission (BCSC); reports regarding the restrictions imposed on, and the forced uprooting of, Japanese Canadians; documents of F.J. Mead concerning his involvement with the BCSC; reports regarding the beginning of Japanese Canadian internment and the healthcare, old age pensions, and money allotments to Japanese Canadians during internment; reports of meetings of the BCSC; forms regarding cancelled requests for deportation submitted by Japanese Canadians; reports of the royal commission concerning the welfare and "maintenance" of Japanese Canadians; reports discussing Japanese Canadians residing in various camps across Canada, the transportation of Japanese Canadians to camps, and the deportation of Japanese nationals; administration records for the role of A.H. Brown; reports of cabinet committee meetings concerning "Japanese problems" between 1943–1948; reports relating to the to the establishment of the Bird Commission; and reports surrounding the "Nippon Black Dragon Society."
Name of creator
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 (52)



Japanese Division [Department of Labour]
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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.