Day 25: Uncovering a story that dominant Canadian culture would rather forget or erase.

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Michiko Bown-Kai
Michiko Bown-Kai
Published On: November 5, 2021

Michiko Bown-Kai’s grandparents were held in a Japanese internment camp in B.C. during World War II. Learning about this helped Bown-Kai understand identity and the impacts of racism. “Acts of racist violence are not just singular moments; they change who we are and remain with us with a haunting presence.”

As part of your 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism journey, read Bown-Kai’s reflection in the Downloads, below.

You can choose from today’s menu of additional activities as an individual, group, or family.

  • Faith Reflection: Reflect on the hymn “Our God Goes with Us.”
  • Children’s Activity: Book suggestions to guide the conversation on internment camps
  • Group Commitment: Learn more about Canada’s World War II history and the stories that challenge the narrative that Canada is a peace-making country.
  • Advocacy: We must be willing to dismantle the systems that were a part of Japanese internment that are continuing to cause ongoing harm.

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