Yoichi Okuma

Yoichi Okuma

Bird Commission case file number 477. Custodian file number 5445. (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_22_file_0477)
He was born on 26 January 1895. He was a self-employed strawberry grower. His family includes Yasu Okuma [possibly Yas Okuma] (mother), Torakichi Okuma (father), Hatsue Okuma (wife; nee Hatsue Uemura), and Emiko Okuma (daughter). His home address is listed as Rural Route No. 1, Mission City, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Picture Butte, AB.


Regularized NameYoichi Okuma
Custodian Identification Number5445
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Picture Butte, AB
Residence (before uprooting)Mission City


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.