Research OutputsProject outputs and activities
1) Museum outputs
Broken Promises, the museum exhibit
Grounded in research from Landscapes of Injustice, this exhibit explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s. It illuminates the loss of home and the struggle for justice of one racially marginalized community. The story unfolds by following seven narrators. Learn about life for Japanese Canadians in Canada before war, the administration of their lives during and after war ends, and how legacies of dispossession continue to this day.
Video with reflections by the curators and descendants of the narrators.
Resources for the Broken Promises Museum exhibit:
Project outputs have been produced to highlight an archive of over 300 letters written in protest by Japanese Canadians to the sale of their possessions without their consent.
2) Teacher Resources
Interactive modules teach elementary school children about the dispossession and internment of Japanese Canadians with the concept of Hands on, Minds on, Hearts on to produce their own protest letters based on their experience with this lesson plan.
The elementary school teacher resources website provides this module and supplementary activities on social justice and history.
The secondary school teacher resources website offers lesson plans based on primary sources, historical background and other resources.
Landscapes of Injustice: A New Perspective on the Internment and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians
McGill Queens Press 2020 Jordan Stanger-Ross Editor
In 1942, the Canadian government forced more than 21,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia. They were told to bring only one suitcase each and officials vowed to protect the rest. Instead, Japanese Canadians were dispossessed, all their belongings either stolen or sold.
The definitive statement of a major national research partnership, Landscapes of Injustice reinterprets the internment of Japanese Canadians by focusing on the deliberate and permanent destruction of home through the act of dispossession. All forms of property were taken. Families lost heirlooms and everyday possessions. They lost decades of investment and labour. They lost opportunities, neighbourhoods, and communities; they lost retirements, livelihoods, and educations. When Japanese Canadians were finally released from internment in 1949, they had no homes to return to. Asking why and how these events came to pass and charting Japanese Canadians’ diverse responses, this book details the implications and legacies of injustice perpetrated under the cover of national security.