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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre

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Address: 306 Josephine Street | Box 273, New Denver, British Columbia VOG 1SO, Canada
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+1 250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is dedicated to preserving and...

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.

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Don't ever forget...

Shameful part of history the internment of the west coast Japanese in camps during WWII. Three small houses, original to the camps ,have been moved to New Denver to become part... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Shameful part of history the internment of the west coast Japanese in camps during WWII. Three small houses, original to the camps ,have been moved to New Denver to become part of a cultural museum. Well preserved with many, many artifacts and pictures. A reminder of the past that shouldn't be forgotten.

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

The Memorial Center is quite small and you can finish the tour in 20-30 mins. Entrance fee is $10. The staff gave us a short introduction of the history of Japanese Canadian at that time. There are a few houses in the center which are kept in their original state. It is nice to have a peek of how they... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Great review of Canadian History during WW 2 in how Canada detained Japanese Canadians. Historical buildings, artifacts and an outline of the history of the people and the era.

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Touring the whole centre took less than an hour. Glad we took the time to do it. Too easy to feel the injustice of the internment camps and the shame of this piece of our history.

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Whistler, Canada
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We visited out of a sense of curiosity but became enthralled with the local knowledge and history provided by Amanda and her colleague. The photos and letters bring a true sense of the experience, frustration and injustice of the internment. We also learned more about how Canadian Security & the RCMP advised against the internment and were overruled by the... More 

Thank Patrick M
Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

When I first walked in the young man at the desk was very sweet and friendly. I only spent about an hour at the Internment Memorial Centre. The outside grounds which were designed beautifully were spectacular. I went into the first area which was an example of where 2 families would have lived. It was nice that they even had... More 

Thank Lynn H
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is a "must stop" for everyone traveling to or through New Denver. A sad, difficult, but necessary reminder of our country's recent history. Lovingly preserved and cared for. Thank you to New Denver. Be sure to also visit the Japanese inspired gardens nearby.

Thank Will K
Maple Ridge, Canada
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is a museum dedicated to the Japanese internments of the Second World War, how they got here and how they lived in this and other communities.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

This internment memorial includes actual buildings that were occupied by Japanese-Canadian families between 1942-45. They contain bedrooms, kitchens, and other rooms filled with genuine artifacts from the internment. The surrounding well designed & meticulously maintained Japanese gardens are beautiful and provide an ideal setting for quiet contemplation. The staff are friendly and very helpful and they interpret and talk about... More 

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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Have been to New Denver 13 + times. Always meaning to visit the Nikkei centre. Glad I did. Certainly we cannot rewrite history. However it is amazing that born in Canada Japanese were interned in WW II. This is a must see for everyone.

Thank Ian R

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