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Nikkei memorial unveiling June 22

By Don Fennell

Published 3:10 PDT, Tue June 4, 2019

A public art project acknowledging the departure of Japanese Canadians from Steveston, and their subsequent return after the period of internment, will be unveiled Saturday, June 22.

The official ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. where the memorial will be placed, beside the Steveston Tram Building at the Steveston Community Park, 4010 Moncton St.

The art project was commissioned by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Advisory Committee. The project was designed by Hapa Collaborative.

A concept design was created from meetings with stakeholder groups and individuals who shared their experiences from before, during and after the internment period. The design pays tribute to Issei (first) and Nisei (second) generations and provides a metaphor for resilience. These themes will be expressed through landscaped pathways, plantings and design elements including paving patterns based on hand-made origami mats created by seniors at the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, a plum tree, stone monuments and lanterns.

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