Episode 1 – British Columbia Security Commission

BCSC Office

BCSC General Office at Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC
NNM 1994.69.3.38

The British Columbia Security Commission was created by the Canadian Federal Government through Orders in Council PC 1665 and 1666 on March 4th,1942.  Its main role was to organise and supervise the uprooting and relocation of approximately 23 000 Japanese Nationals and Japanese Canadians.  In addtion, it was to set up housing and welfare programmes including employment, education for children and medical services for the sick.

Government Structure Diagram

Diagram showing Government Bodies and Staff  (click to see larger image)
by Alexis Jensen

Produced and Hosted by Raymond Nakamura and Alexis Jensen

Music by Aiko Saita

Adachi, Ken.  The Enemy That Never Was.  Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd, 1976. 

Government of Dominion of Canada, Department of Labour.  Report of British Columbia Security Commission.  British Columbia: British Columbia Security Commission, 1942.

Sunahara, Ann Gomer.  The Politics of Racism: The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians During the Second World War.  Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, 1981.