Connection: Years 5-7
Phase 2: Connection
Landscapes of Injustice is a knowledge mobilization project. In the Connection Phase (Years 5-7), “Knowledge Mobilization Clusters” will communicate our research to large and diverse audiences.
This cluster will create a travelling museum exhibit aiming to convey the significance of Japanese Canadians to the history of the country, telling personal stories about the seizure and transfer of property belonging to Japanese Canadians, as well as making extensive use of all research materials, including archival photographs, personal statements, government documents, artefacts, statistics, and interactive GIS maps. The exhibit will be displayed across the country, engaging a general audience, as well as Japanese Canadian community members, in critical examination of the legacy of these events and their relation to the future of diversity, marginalization, and democratic citizenship in Canada. Partner museums in this aim include the Nikkei National Museum (NNM), the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax), the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto), and the Royal BC Museum (RBCM), accompanied by public events and a final team gathering. At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit becomes a resource of the NNM, available for further touring in BC, throughout Canada, and beyond.
Through a collaborative effort with BC teachers, team members, and students, this cluster will produce extensive teacher resources to encourage historical thinking and to provide evocative narrative context, guided access to primary sources, individual lesson plans, and instruction for positioning the material within existing curricula. This effort is informed by the pioneering Historical Thinking Project (http://historicalthinking.ca/), with an aim to create both primary and secondary material in both official languages.