Japanese Experience in Alberta National Historic Event

Raymond, Alberta
Japanese Experience in Alberta (© Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada)
Japanese Experience in Alberta
(© Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada)
Address : 35 Broadway South, Raymond, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2007-06-08

Other Name(s):
  • Japanese Experience in Alberta  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2006-041

Importance: Continuous witness to the migration and settlement of the Japanese in Canada

Plaque(s)


Approved Inscription: Former Buddhist Church 35 Broadway South, Raymond, Alberta

At the turn of the 20th century, Japanese immigrants laid the foundations of a community that would be strengthened by the arrival of Japanese Canadians forcibly removed from the West Coast by the federal government during the Second World War. Together, they contributed to the rebuilding of the nation's Japanese community and its culture following the war. A pillar of social and cultural life for the Japanese of Alberta, the Raymond Church played a key role in the reconstruction of the Buddhist Church of Canada during this period and became a symbol of continuity and perseverance for three generations of Japanese Canadians.