Photographs relating to Japanese Canadian internment [graphic material]

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    R219-234-5-E, RG25
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    3 albums (171 photographs) : b&w.
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    Sub-sub series consists of three albums containing photographs taken by Jack Long of the Still Photography Division of the National Film Board of Canada and Ernest L. Maag, Delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1943 and 1945 relating to the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Album # 1 contains photographs taken by Jack Long in tandem with the inspection tour of the International Committee of the Red Cross in January 1943. Album # 2 contains photographs taken by Jack Long in tandem with the inspection tour of the International Committee of the Red Cross from June 16 ¿ 28, 1945. Album # 3 contains photographs taken by Ernest L. Maag during an inspection tour in January 1943.The majority of images were taken in British Columbia, but there are several photographs in Albums #2 and #3 taken in Alberta. .
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    Graphic material (Électronique) Finding aid 25-66P is a detailed item list. The finding aid can be found by accessing the lower level descriptions attached to this record. 25-66P (90 90: Ouvert)

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    The Jack Long photographs were essentially propaganda, commissioned by the Government of Canada to create the false impression that some 20,000 Japanese Canadians, whom it had forcibly interned in 1942, were being especially well treated and enjoying their lives in internment camps. Their purpose was to secure fair treatment for Canadian soldiers held in Japanese Prisoner of War camps. Bureaucrats employed the discriminatory logic that there was an equivalence between Canadians of Japanese ethnic origin ¿ 75% of whom were Canadian by birth or naturalization ¿ and ethnic Japanese in Imperial Japan. It should be noted that the photograph titles are the original captions. These captions reflect the objective of the photographs and were a product of 1940s thinking. Internees are not referred to as Canadians. They are all ¿Japanese¿ or in one offensive case, ¿Japs.¿ The names added to the captions are for non-Japanese persons. Descriptions are used such as ¿cheerful¿, ¿modern¿, ¿a fine place¿, ¿well-equipped¿, ¿well-stocked¿, ¿clean¿ and ¿as perfect as possible.¿ Euphemisms are employed such as ¿space-saving and ¿snug¿ for cramped, ¿evacuees¿ for internees, ¿repatriation¿ for deportation, ¿cottages¿ for internment shacks, and ¿settlements¿ and ¿housing centres¿ for the actual camps. There are ¿orderly rows of houses¿ and ¿tidy valleys.¿ The point is often made that the internees are being treated the same as other Canadians. One bureaucrat in the Department of External Affairs who saw Long¿s images wrote: ¿These are excellent photographs.¿ But the annotation of another bureaucrat, Arthur Redpath Menzies, just below his colleague¿s comment are a reminder of the reality of the situation not revealed by the photographs themselves: ¿Understand from some who have been there that this spot is actually pretty grim ¿ very cold ¿ no work except sawing wood . . . in fact not a very pleasant spot ¿ for Canadian citizens where only offence is their colour.¿ [From the File Pocket of RG 25 A-3-b, Vol. No. 3006, File No. 3464-AN-40C.] The ICRC photographs taken by Ernest L. Maag document the hardships experienced by the internees during the winter of 1943 and compared to the Long images are much truer to life.
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    The original negatives of the photographs contained within Album # 1 and Album # 2 can be found in the National Film Board, Still Photography Division subseries within the National Film Board fonds. All of these photographs have been digitized and are available for online consultation.
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    An inspection report by International Committee of the Red Cross delegate, Ernest L. Maag, found in RG 25 A-3-b, Vol. No. 3006, File No. 3464-AN-40C (Item 1812419) contains numerical photographic references corresponding to some of the photographs taken by Ernest L. Maag found in Album # 3. This file is located in the General Registry sub-series of the 1940 Central Registry series within the Department of External Affairs fonds.
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    1997-032 DAP
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