October 29th, 2022, 9:30 – 3:30 at the Ucluelet Community Centre.
The Japanese Canadian Internment Effects on Ucluelet – Three Perspectives
Join us October 29th, for an all-day Round-Table Story-Telling event focused on the effects of the Removal of all Japanese Canadians from the West Coast, Ucluelet in particular, in 1942.
This event will be facilitated by Paul Kariya.
Japanese Canadians made up one half the population of the fishing village of Ucluelet, with First Nations and white settlers forming the other. The largest fish buying company was Japanese-owned, used by fishermen of all ethnicities. The interned people lost everything, and the remaining two groups were affected socially, psychologically and economically. Some stories will be hard to hear, but we know there are also stories of friendship and support across social boundaries.
We invite survivors of that time, descendants, and others, to meet at the Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Drive, Ucluelet BC, bringing memories, family stories, and questions. We hope some will bring surviving letters, diaries, photographs or objects from that time. The Society will mount a photo-display.
The day will begin at 9:30 AM with introductions and three brief introductory talks by Ellen Kimoto, daughter of a Japanese Canadian fishing family, Vi Mundy, Ucluelet First Nation elder, and local historian Shirley Martin, of an old white settler family.
First topic will be the Japanese Canadian community that built up between ca 1920 and 1942; after the complimentary lunch is served, we will discuss the actual period of the Internment. Finally we will recall difficulties and successes when Japanese Canadians returned to the coast, and re-integration into the community.
Reserve your place by clicking on Contact directly above, at the top of this page, to send us your name and email address, including any questions you may have. There is no charge for the event.
Anyone without access to email, can mail their name and mailing address to:
Box 397, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
The event will also be accessible by Zoom. We particularly hope elders who cannot travel can be assisted in attending virtually. A link will be sent close to the date, to any who reserve for Zoom access.
All will receive confirmation that a place has been reserved