Travelling Exhibitions

A Call For Justice

Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988)

A call for justice image A Call for Justice tells a story of human rights and the enduring perseverance of the Japanese Canadian community who suffered so much from 1942-1949. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Redress Agreement with the Government of Canada in 1988, the Nikkei National Museum is presenting the first traveling exhibit celebrating the emotional struggle to achieve an apology and acknowledgement for these unjust treatments. This exhibit will examine the ten year fight using historic photographs, artifacts, poetry, personal statements, art, and video.

Supported by Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program; National Association of Japanese Canadians; Deux Mille Foundation; Yoshiko Karasawa; and the Province of BC.

Touring venues
RCMP Heritage Centre, Rigina, September 2014-March 2015.
Diefenbaker Canada Place, Saskatoon, July 2015-February 2016.
Gallery 2, Grand Forks, March-June 2016.
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto, August-October 2016.
Borealis Gallery, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Edmonton, January-April 2018.
Nanaimo Museum, May-September 3, 2018.



Two Views

Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank

Ansel Adams Calisthenics at Manzanar Relocation Centre, California, 1943. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

This compelling collection of photographs presents two views of internment and incarceration in the early 1940s. This exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of forced separation and uprooting and the effects that it has on its victims. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese descent from the coastal regions. Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and 22,000 Japanese Canadians were affected. The internment camps for the Japanese Americans were scattered around the US west. In Canada, the B.C. Security Commission was established to oversee the removal to hastily planned camps in the BC interior, or to work and road camps in other parts of the country. This exhibition showcases forty images of the Manzanar Relocation Centre taken by Ansel Adams in 1943, and 26 prints documenting the relocation in British Columbia by Leonard Frank in 1942.

Please contact the Museum for more information about hosting this exhibition at your venue.

Touring venues
Fort Steele Heritage Town, January-April 2011
Nanaimo Museum, May – August 2011
Surrey Museum, September – October 2011
Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History, November 2011 – February 2012
Langham Cultural Centre, February – April 2012
Japanese Canadian Culture Centre, Toronto, April – July 14, 2012
Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, August – October, 2012
Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw, November 2012 – February 2013
Thunder Bay Museum, June – September 2013
Canadian War Museum, September 2013 – March 2014
Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, April-May 2014
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, February-April 2016
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, February-May 2017




photo credit Crystal L photography

Tamio Wakayama’s work is an intimate photo documentary that artfully captures the first 15 years of the Powell Street Festival first exhibited in 1992.

Tamio Wakayama was born in 1941 a few months before the Japanese attack on the American naval base of Pearl Harbour in Hawaii and the ensuing outbreak of the Pacific War. He and his family were part of the community of some 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were declared to be Enemy Aliens, dispossessed of the accumulated wealth of a lifetime, rounded up and placed in remote internment camps in the interior of B.C. where they spent the war years. The central challenge to Tamio’s life was to come to terms with that history and to regain a sense of self that was lost in the corrosive racism of his childhood. The long journey to redemption and empowerment began in 1963 when Tamio dropped out of University and went south to join the Civil Rights Movement. It was in Mississippi that the artist first began his career as a photographer.

Tamio’s work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in such venues as the Smithsonian Institution. His images have also appeared in numerous TV and film documentaries, magazines, books, book covers and catalogues. Tamio is the author of two major books, Signs of Life and Kikyo: Coming Home to Powell Street, as well as a major contributor to the book version of A Dream of Riches. The artist’s early works was recently featured in a major travelling exhibit and book, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographer of the Civil Rights Movement, produced by the Leonardo Centre for Documentary Arts and Expression, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently working on a retrospective exhibit and a memoir.