BC commits $100 million to Japanese Canadians in recognition of internment history – BC News

$100 million to mark internment

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British Columbia is providing $100 million in funding to address the historic wrongs it caused when it helped intern thousands of Japanese Canadians during World War II.

The announcement comes on the 80th anniversary of the first arrival of Japanese Canadians at Greenwood, Kaslo, New Denver, Slocan City and Sandon internment camps in 1942.

Prime Minister John Horgan says the funds will go towards providing updated health programs for internment survivors, creating and restoring heritage sites and updating the provincial curriculum to include what he calls a “terrible chapter” in the history of BC.

Horgan says the recognition is “long ago” and the funding symbolizes “turning the page” on how previous governments have treated Japanese Canadians.

The province says in a statement that this builds on a 2012 apology from the BC Legislature and responds to a remedy proposal put forward in 2021 by the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

BC also awarded $2 million to the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society last May as a first step toward fulfilling a promise to recognize the internment of nearly 22,000 people.

“This endowment will not change the past, but it will ensure that the generations that are still with us, and those that come after, will have the chance to see something positive come out of what was clearly a very, very dark period in our collective histories. Horgan said at a news conference on Saturday.

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