Landscapes of Injustice: Internment and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians

"What is home? What is loss? What is community? We try to give students a sense of the issues and build empathy and critical thinking skills along the way."
Hosted by Canada’s History Posted May 7, 2024

Greg Miyanaga currently teaches grade 2/3 in Coquitlam, BC, where he has taught for more than 30 years. In 2006, he received the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History for his work teaching about Japanese-Canadian internment. He later continued this work, writing elementary lessons for the multi-year research project, Landscapes of Injustice.

In his presentation, Greg talks about how he develops a sense of historical empathy with students by using hands-on, minds-on, and hearts-on learning. Using his experience with Landscapes of Injustice, Greg describes how he tackled a complex issue — the internment and dispossession of Japanese Canadians — with elementary-aged students, helping them to develop empathy, understanding, and advocacy.

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This presentation by Greg Miyanaga was part of the 16th Canada's History Forum, “Caring about the Past: Engaging with Historical Empathy,” which was held live via Zoom on April 25, 2024.

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