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The Sakura Trees of Toronto: Canadiana Shorts

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Catalogue Number:  UPP018
Producer:  The Canadiana Project Inc.
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, History, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  2:46


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Every spring, parks across Toronto turn white and pink with cherry blossoms. The Sakura trees are a gift from Japan — and a reminder of one of the most disturbing chapters in Canadian history. Many Japanese Canadians on the west coast had been forced into internment camps or deported back to Japan during WWII. Those who weren’t deported were forced to flee the west coast and many ended up in Toronto. They encountered racism here too but also found allies in their fight for their rights. The Cooperative Committee on Japanese-Canadians lobbied for their rights and on April 1, 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakurathe on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo, Japan as a gift to the citizens of Toronto for their support of Japanese-Canadian refugees after the Second World War.


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