photograph of people with crates, trunks, bags beside railway car with tall grain elevator in background
Japanese Canadian evacuees arriving in Picture Butte, north-east of Lethbridge, Alberta, 1942 Galt Museum & Archives 19790283009

With the advent of the Second World War, many Japanese Canadians were uprooted and put in detention camps in British Columbia and Ontario for the duration of the war. Some evacuees were sent to farms in southern Alberta to help with the shortage of labour during the war.

Many men went to work in lumber camps like the ones in Slave Lake, Rocky Mountain House, or Fort Macleod. Others served with the Armed Forces.

Go to The Idosha Chapter for a more indepth look or continue to the next section “Nisei