Featured Exhibits

Feature Exhibit: Broken Promises

Saturday, March 16 – Monday, September 2, 2024

A travelling exhibit from the Nikkei National Museum, Broken Promises explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s. It illuminates the loss of home, and the struggle for justice of one racially marginalized community. The story unfolds by following seven narrators. Learn about life for Japanese Canadians in Canada before, during and after the war, and how legacies of dispossession continue to this day. Broken Promises is grounded in research from Landscapes of Injustices – a 7-year multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, community-engaged project.

A new permanent exhibit opens with Broken Promises to highlight the Japanese Canadian community that thrived in Nanaimo until dispossession in the 1940s. The significant contributions and resilience of the Japanese Canadian community in the following decades are explored through vibrant businesses, important connections between Nanaimo and Japan, and the community work of the Seven Potatoes Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Society. This exhibit was developed by the Seven Potatoes and Nanaimo Museum.

Thank you to the Landscapes of Injustice Partner Institutions and the Government of Canada: https://www.landscapesofinjustice.com/partner-institutions/

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