group photograph of smiling japanese canadian and caucasian children outside a wooden school building

Welling School children, 1947-48
Courtesy of Toshiko Nishimura

Schooling also became an issue for Japanese Canadians evacuated to southern Alberta. The federal government had agreed to pay the Alberta government for Japanese students to attend up to Grade 8. To complete high school, Japanese Canadian families had to pay an annual school fee as high as $70 per child.

For those families already struggling to make a living on the sugar beet farms, finding money to pay the school fees was difficult, especially for larger families. For some families, their children had to be sent to Lethbridge to go to high school and had to pay for additional living costs.