The Province is inviting the public to nominate places of historic importance to the Japanese Canadian community which reflect the development and history of British Columbia, and which will be considered for formal recognition of their heritage values. Nominated historic places will be evaluated against specific criteria by a team that includes community and academic expertise to establish heritage significance. Historic places of the highest significance will be considered for official recognition by the Government of British Columbia and placed on the BC Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
The announcement is the first milestone in the Provincial Recognition Program’s Japanese Canadian Historic Places Project. The Provincial Recognition Program follows a highly successful 2015 pilot project which focused on historic places of heritage significance to Chinese Canadians, which resulted in the addition of 21 provincially recognized places in British Columbia to the BC Register of Historic Places.