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Life in the Canadian Internment and POW Camps

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Life in the Canadian Internment and POW Camps
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POW Camp - 1942, Angler, Ontario

766 male Nikkeis,(471 Niseis and 295 Isseis) aged 17 to 60 were held captive in a remote POW camp at Angler in northern Ontario. They were composed of the “Nisei Mass Evacuation Group”, a group who vowed they would evacuate only with the family intact, “security risks”, “trouble Makers”, die ...

POW Camp - 1942, Angler, Ontario
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Internment Camp - 1942, Slocan City, B.C.

Often hastily erected Government Issue supply tents were the only shelter for the many early arrivals of women, children and elderly at the internment camps such as Slocan since the wood shacks were not ready. Winter descended in October and some of the children experienced their first snowfall from the ...

Internment Camp - 1942, Slocan City, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Tashme, B.C.

This internment camp had a population of 2636 and was located on leased land in the interior of British Columbia.

It was the most isolated of the internment camps being 14 miles west of the town of Hope. Since there was no village, street corners or shops, the only ...

Internment Camp - 1943, Tashme, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Tashme, B.C.

The housing consisted of hundreds of 28 ft. by 14 ft. shacks built from green shiplap lumber and tarpaper.

The three room internment shacks were all uniform with a single front door leading into the kitchen. The kitchen was the largest room serving as a communal living space measured ...

Internment Camp - 1943, Tashme, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Lemon Creek, B.C.

Located on the leased Harris Ranch, Lemon Creek was one of the internment camps of the “New Denver Relocation Area” under the Security Commission’s wing. 4814 evacuees were located in the Slocan Valley internment camps of Slocan City, Lemon Creek, Popoff, and Bay Farm.

Housing consisted of rows ...

Internment Camp - 1943, Lemon Creek, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, New Denver, B.C.

This internment camp was located in the village of New Denver, British Columbia beside the beautiful Slocan Lake. Approximately 300 wood shacks were built in a flat area called the Orchards and three surrounding leased ranch acreages by the internees. 1505 Japanese Canadians were assigned to this area.

One ...

Internment Camp - 1943, New Denver, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Communal kitchen, Tashme, B.C.

The existing large barn on the ranch was divided into rooms for families. This building was known as the “Apartments”. Unlike the wood shacks, this building had electricity and flush toilets which were a luxury for the evacuees in the camp. There was an adjacent building which was the large ...

Internment Camp - 1943, Communal kitchen, Tashme. B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Odori group, Slocan City, B.C.

In the internment camps of the interior of British Columbia, the Nikkei carried on various celebrations as a continuous of their prewar activities. Even with the limited luggage that the evacuees were allowed when hey left their homes in the coastal area of British Columbia, many mothers packed kimonos which ...

Internment Camp - 1943, Odori group, Slocan City, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Recreational baseball game, Lemon Creek, B.C.

In the internment camps such as Lemon creek, B.C., recreational activities were an import facet of the young people’s lives.

Baseball was a favorite sports activity, especially since baseball was a popular sport in the prewar period. The famous Ashahi baseball team in Vancouver attracted a large following ...

Internment Camp - 1943, Recreational baseball game, Lemon Creek, B.C.
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Internment Camp - 1943, Recreational hockey game, Slocan City, B.C.

Hockey was played on outdoor ice rinks in the winter. Equipment was ordered from the Eaton’s mail order catalogue and the catalogue were sometimes used as shin pads.

Internment Camp - 1943, Recreational hockey game, Slocan City, B.C.
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