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outdoor group photograph of japanese canadian men, women and children

Japanese community picnic, near Raymond, Alberta 1931.
Reverend Shinjo Nagatomi is on the extreme right.
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Three major waves of Japanese people moved into southern Alberta. Settlers arrived in the early 1900s to work and homestead in the area. When thousands of Japanese Canadians were evacuated from the west coast in the Second World War, many came to southern Alberta to work in the sugar beet fields. A third wave of people emigrated from Japan in the 1960s and 1970s when Canada changed its Immigration Policy.