Matthew McRae

Matthew is a Communications Advisor at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has worked at the Museum since 2012 and in that time, he has also served as a Research Assistant and a Researcher-Curator. As well, Matthew is currently completing his PhD. in history at Western University in London, Ontario, where he is studying rebellion, memory and commemoration in Canada.

Updated June 2017

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Japanese Canadian Internment and the Struggle for Redress

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life. Hayakawa was born in British Columbia and until she was 11, she lived on her father’s strawberry farm in the countryside. She told me it was a simple living, but her family was happy. That all changed on December 7, 1941. On that day, Japanese planes bombed the American naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawai’i, entering the Second World War on the side of the Axis powers of Germany and Italy. This meant Canada was now at war with ...

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