Understanding Ethical Dimensions of History

What do historical injustices and sacrifice mean for us today?

Example: WWII Japanese Internment

Notice for the forced evacuation of Japanese Canadians from the B.C. coast. This notice appeared in the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province newspapers in June 1942. 

 

© Vancouver Public Library / VPL Accession No. 12851 / CD No. 159

Relocation of Japanese-Canadians to camps in the interior of British Columbia 1942-46. 

Credit: Tak Toyota/Library and Archives Canada/C-047066

 

Japanese Canadian Timeline

Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Residential Schools

From the introduction of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's document:

 

"There is an emerging and compelling desire to put the events of the past behind us so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future...The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation."