Remember – Recount – Reconcile

On Saturday October 29th, the Ucluelet & Area Historical Society is holding a round-table story-telling event, bringing together families of all three ethnic groups affected when the Japanese Canadians were removed from the coast, and particularly from the fishing village of Ucluelet where they made up one half the population, while  First Nations plus White settlers were the other half.

We invite survivors of that time, descendants and others, to meet for the day at the Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Drive, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2022 or to participate by Zoom.

Our concept for the day is to remember and share our stories as a path to reconciliation

Please join us in person or by Zoom on Saturday, October 29th, for an all-day Round-Table storytelling event on the effects of the removal in 1942 of Japanese Canadians from the West Coast, Ucluelet in particular.

This event is open to all interested people, whether they choose to actively share stories and memories, or to listen and learn. Our facilitator for the event will be Paul Kariya, a member of the BC Redress Negotiations Committee and the society overseeing the $100 Million Redress Fund. Paul grew up in Ucluelet and has returned to live part-time in the community.


Email the UAHS:  with name and email address

OR register by telephone 250-726-5000

OR send mail to UAHS, PO Box 397, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0, with name and telephone number

There is no fee for the event. Complimentary light lunch provided. Participants may join in by ZOOM.

Please let us know if you are attending in person by Friday, Oct. 21, so the caterer will have the correct lunch numbers. Those registering for Zoom attendance by Friday Oct 28 will have the Zoom link emailed to them.

When you register, you may also like to add why you are interested in attending. Feel free to ask questions.

We encourage participants to bring family stories, and any memorabilia, such as photos and letters.

The day will begin with a traditional welcome from the Ucluelet First Nation, a welcome from the Ucluelet and Area Historical Society, and an introduction to the day’s proceedings by the facilitator. After introductions, there will be three short introductory talks, on the perspectives of the three Ucluelet Community groups of that time: The First Nations Community, the Japanese Canadians, and the White settlers, on the pre-WWII period.

This will be followed by a break, and continued facilitated conversations on the period of the actual removal. After lunch discussion will continue with focus on the period following the return of the few to the coast. The aim is for a relaxed environment in which participants will feel comfortable sharing their perspectives. The day will wrap up with evaluation of success reaching objectives set by participants at the start, and ideas for any next steps.