Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

Public Nomination Process

Following a 2012 provincial apology to Canadians of Japanese Ancestry by the Government of British Columbia for its part in their internment during the 1940s, the Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project strives to recognize contributions of the Japanese-Canadian community in British Columbia. Recognition of places with historic significance to Canadians of Japanese Ancestry will serve as an opportunity to celebrate British Columbia's diversity, and recognize and acknowledge the contributions of Japanese Canadians in B.C. - both past and present - to the prosperity and diversity of the province.

Nominations for the Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project are now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated a historic place of significance to the Japanese Canadian Community in British Columbia. Over 270 nominations were received! We look forward to informing you in the new year regarding the next steps in this process.

 If you have any questions or require more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions document, or contact Heritage BC staff at 1-855-349-7243 or info@heritagebc.ca.


Heritage Values Workshop

On September 28th, the Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of International Trade hosted a Heritage Values Workshop. Participants were invited to share knowledge, stories and what they value about historic places associated with the Japanese-Canadian community and Canadians of Japanese ancestry in B.C. If you were not able to attend the workshop but would still like to provide feedback, you may fill out all or a portion of the following form and send it to Judith Cook at judith.cook@gov.bc.ca.

» Japanese Canadian Historic Places Heritage Values Questionnaire




North Pacific Cannery showing a Japanese house, jacks and rollers, 1910. Port Edward, B.C. (City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 783-171)




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