Heritage BC Update: Recognizing a dark period in BC’s history

Three interpretative signs, marking the original internment site clusters in the West Kootenays, were unveiled in New Denver, Kaslo, and the Slocan Extension on June 15.

The Japanese Canadian Legacy committee has been working in partnership with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to install a total of 8 interpretative signs at the original internment sites and road camps as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian internment (1942-49). The Kootenay region was very important in the history of internment, as it had the largest cluster of Japanese Canadians interned there, just under 10,000 residents out of the total of 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were interned or sent to road camps in 1942.

Congratulations to Laura Saimoto and the Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee. Their excellent work, supported by many partners, will ensure this dark period will not be forgotten.

Funding Opportunities

The BC Rural Dividend is providing $25 million a year to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. It was developed to recognize both the contribution rural communities have made to B.C.’s economy, and the unique challenges they face to diversify beyond natural resources. The program will contribute to the strength and sustainability of small rural communities, making them more attractive places to live and work. Application deadline is July 31. Find more detail here.

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Legacy Fund component provides funding for community-initiated capital projects, intended for community use. Recipients may receive up to 50 percent of eligible project expenses up to a maximum of $500,000. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Find the guidelines here and program description here.

Community Gaming Capital Projects supports capital projects undertaken by not-for-profit organizations that have a total cost of more than $20,000. The purpose of the sector is to enable the not-for-profit organizations to complete capital projects that provide significant benefit to communities. Application deadline is July 31. Find the program description here.


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