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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre
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Owner description: The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre opened its doors in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society to commemorate and honor the stories of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were stripped of their civil rights, labelled "enemy aliens" and uprooted from their coastal homes during the Second World War. Located on the site of a former internment camp, the original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien garden designed by the renowned Roy (Tomomichi) Sumi, chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.
Reviewed July 25, 2013

needs to be advertised more for what it is
we have visited New Denver many times and just found out about it in a book

Thank Kate H
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We knew the history of the shameful way Japanese- Americans were treated in WWII but did not know we in the US were less brutal in the ending of the internments than Canada which waited 4 years after the war ended to begin even thinking of treating the internees as citizens. If you want to understand how we can never let this happen again and see history in person and presented without what could have been justifiable anger pay the fee and spend an hour it will make you think

Thank Maithean
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

The NIMC is a must see for anyone who is interested in Canadian history - especially the history that is often glossed over in our text books. This is a memorial to a Canadian tragedy - an act of government - against people who only had one "problem". They did not look like us and therefore we could not tell whether they were true Canadians or not.

The memorial very simply yet effectively outlines the internment of the Nikkei, over 75% of whom were Canadian citizens, immediately after Pearl Harbor. It is not a pleasant story but one that we should all know.

The peace garden at the end of the self-guided tour is just that - an opportunity to regain your sense of balance and find peace after experiencing such injustice.

After visiting the NIMC plan a stop at the Kohan Reflection Garden on 1st. This quiet wonderful place will help you realize the true wonder of simplicity and the beauty that we can find, if we but stop to take a look.

Both these attractions are very important times in our stay in New Denver.

2  Thank MusikAl
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Just a reminder of the history of BC, not always good but must be remembered so always love to get a tour as they always have good stories.

1  Thank Jane L
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

From the street this fully restored piece of our history looks very attractive. Once inside the crafted fences it starts to take on much more meaning. It is soon apparent that fellow Canadians were subjected to inhumane treatment not so very long ago at the hands of their government and neighbours. Be prepared for a very moving experience.

1  Thank Kit M
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