Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Injustices' toward Japanese-Canadian Anglicans Acknowledged

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Injustices' toward Japanese-Canadian Anglicans Acknowledged

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The Council of General Synod (CoGS) on March 14 acknowledged the injustices and racism experienced by Japanese-Canadian Anglicans at the hands of the Anglican Church of Canada during and after World War II, and said it confessed "the error of our ways."

CoGS, the church's governing body between General Synods, also supported the 2010 apology made by Bishop Michael Ingham for the sale of Japanese congregation churches in the diocese of New Westminster during and after World War II.

In a resolution, CoGS said it recognized that "deep-seated historic racism continues as a source of pain to Japanese-Canadians across Canada" and commended "every effort in the interests of healing and reconciliation."

The resolution was approved after an emotional presentation made by members of the Japanese-Canadian Vancouver Consultation Council (JC-VCC), who had spent more than a decade digging into the truth about what happened to their churches during the war.

In 1942, the Canadian government ordered Japanese Canadians--22,000 of them from British Columbia--to pack a single suitcase, then sent them to internment camps. …

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