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The Japanese Internment Throughout history Canada has relatively been a supporter of multiculturalism In the past Canada has had very few racial conflict although there has been one incident which has had quite a controversial effect about human rights violations and discrimination This thorn in Canadas side is the Japanese Internment which took place during the second world war The Japanese Internment took place between the years of 1941 and 1949 At the time most of the Japanese population was concentrated in British Columbia on the West Coast of Canada The Japanese first immigrated to Canada to work on the rail road in 1900 By 1921 the Japanese population numbered nearly 16000 people and had possessed nearly half of the fishing licenses in British Columbia In 1941 23000 Japanese were living throughout Canada On December 7 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii After the attack there government took all Japanese owned boats radios and cameras After the public pressured the government and they took action and the government moved all Japanese from a 100 mile wide security strip along the BC coast Later the government gave a further statement that declared that all people of Japanese origin were considered aliens until the end of World War II In the first year of the war the 21000 Japanese who were affected by the war regulations were sent to various provinces across Canada The government assured the provinces that the Japanese would stay in agriculture and would be removed after the war at the provinces request The remaining 12000 Japanese were taken to Interior Housing Centers in the middle of BC These housing centers consisted of four abandoned mining towns and two completely new communities During the internment the Canadian Government claimed all the Japaneses land and possessions and sold them for a factor of the original cost The government called this land claims After the internment and the war the Prime Minister
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