File 606: Royal Commission - 1943-1944

File 606: Royal Commission - 1943-1944


Title Proper RG36-27 VOLUME 15 FILE 606
Date(s) of material from this resource digitized 1943
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This file contains a report of the Royal Commission "appointed pursuant to Order-in-Council P.C. 9498, to enquire into the provisions made for the welfare and maintenance of persons of the Japanese race resident in settlements in the province of British Columbia" [the Jackson Commission]. The commission inquired into the conditions within internment camps of which a small part of that inquiry concerned Japanese Canadian liquid assets on file with the Custodian to pay for maintenance. The commission endorsed this process (of using Japanese Canadian assets to pay for "maintenance") and they also invoked “slum” logic with respect to the comparisons made between pre-internment housing to internment housing. Correspondence is also included discussing the findings of the commission.
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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 606: Royal Commission - 1943-1944
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