During WWII the Canadian Government interned Japanese Canadians. The Canadian Government was able to do this under the War Measures Act which allowed authorities the right to "detain without charge anyone who might act "in any manner prejudicial to the public safety or the safety of the state". It is now known that the government did not actually view the Japanese Canadians as a threat but with increased public pressure and growing anti-Japanese sentiment the government started relocating Japanese living along British Columbia's coast into the interior.
Your mission: In a group of three you will be creating a public education sign similar to those found in many of Canada's National and Provincial parks.
The goal of the sign is to use primary and secondary sources as evidence to create a sign that educates the public on one of the following topics:
-Japanese Internment as a whole
-Internment Camps in the interior
-Road Camps in and around our area
-Revelstoke's Japanese community, and the treatment and attitudes of Revelstoke's community towards Japanese people at the time
Your sign must be informative to the public on your topic. It should include map(s), pictures with captions (created by you or included with the picture **give credit where credit is due) and short write ups that aim to educate people on your topic. Information should include the historical significance of Japanese internment, the historical perspectives of the time and ethical judgement should be applied.
You will need to be very careful to reference your material (esp. primary sources).
Part 1: Decide on group and topic. Start researching and referencing primary source material from Revelstoke Museum and Archives (Thursday Feb. 21, possibly March 1)
Part 2: Decide on what is most important of your information and how you will portray this information on your sign. (Think about what makes a good sign, especially balancing visuals and writing....don't forget a map...think about what makes a good map).
Part 3: Get pictures for your poster. Create your write ups. ****Don't forget to include at least one quote. Your sign should include: background info for your topic & accounts to go with pictures, pictures to support your information and 1-2 quotes to help with bringing to life your information
Part 4: References (can be on back, pictures should have references below information too).