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September 28, 2018, 10:42 am

Steveston Nikkei Memorial Public Art Project Launched in Richmond

City of Richmond
RICHMOND - The ground breaking for a new public memorial to honour Richmond’s founding Japanese-Canadian community members occurred in Steveston on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The public art project to be built at Steveston Community Park, 4010 Moncton Street, will honour the Nikkei (Japanese emigrants and their descendants who have created communities throughout the world) for their resilience, perseverance and community spirit.

The project, led by artist team Hapa Collaborative, will acknowledge the departure of Japanese Canadians from Steveston and their subsequent return after the period of internment. The artwork will be located near the Steveston Interurban Tram building, as this was the departure and return point for many interned Nikkei.

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.

The Steveston Nikkei memorial public art project is a collaboration between the City of Richmond and the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Nikkei Memorial Committee. The project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2019.

For more information, contact the City of Richmond, Public Art Program at 604-247-4612 or visit

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