The idea for doing an Internment recognition piece for the Japanese Canadians of Ashcroft came from the first two projects we have done together. Marina and Daniel received an education on what happened during World War II regarding Internment of the Japanese because the Japanese Can. Community brought in so much literature to help bring us up to speed. To know what happened is to understand how things became as they are. So many Japanese Canadians lost everything in a matter of hours. All that they had built up was suddenly taken from them and never, in most cases, returned. In a flash families were separated and most were sent to Internment Camps which had next to no provisions for the newly indigent people. Also, in many cases the men were sent to work camps, leaving the women and children to have to fend for themselves in the far and remote and isolated reaches of B.C. To hear the stories first hand brings the reality of what happened to a clear and present understanding indeed.
The Japanese Canadian Internment Project focuses on the first days of this life changing journey. The project also focuses on how many Japanese Canadian men not only served in the Canadian And British Forces but also helped lead the way to ending WWII.
We owe a great deal to these people and their children and their children again. The Redress in the late 1980's was an important first step. This Mosaic is yet another small layer towards reconciliation.
Thank you again to New Pathways to Gold Society of B.C. for paying for the materials for this project and believing in the Ashcroft Mosaic Project led by Marina and Daniel and supported by the Ashcroft Rotary as well as the Village of Ashcroft, the Japanese Canadian Community of Ashcroft and the Lions. Thank you to all the volunteers who continue to give of their time and their love towards this and all projects of reconciliation.