Digitization Project

Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre Digitization Project

Nik•kei (日系): people or a person of Japanese heritage. Commonly used in Japan to refer to people of Japanese ancestry that are living abroad as citizens of other countries.

The NIMC’s purpose is to collect, preserve, conserve, research, exhibit, and interpret objects which represent the life and condition of the Nikkei living in the New Denver and West Kootenay camps between 1942 and 1957.  The collection’s focus is on the social rather than the political aspects of life for the Nikkei during and after the uprooting.

In 2012 the Village of New Denver, working with the New Denver Kyowakai Society and the Burnaby-based Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre began a digitization project to provide online public access to photos of all the items in the NIMC’s artefact and archival collections. The project continued throughout the 2012, 2013 and 2015 seasons.  If grant funding is secured for summer students, the project is scheduled to resume in 2016.

The collections from the Nikkei National Museum (Burnaby), Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto), and the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Museum & Archives can also be searched though this database.

Please take a moment to look at the photographs of the collections by visiting: