Broken PromisesThe Dispossession of Japanese Canadians


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Aya Suzuki was a young teacher and missionary. She lived in her parents’ home in Vancouver, surrounded by family. Her father, Sentaro, bought nearby houses so that aunts, uncles, and cousins could live on the same street.

In 1942, Aya was forced to leave Vancouver. She and her family were uprooted to Slocan City in British Columbia’s interior.

In early 1944, she received word from the Office of the Custodian that the family’s homes and belongings had been sold.

Library and Archives Canada, RG117-A-1, RG117-C-3

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