Literary icon Joy Kogawa visits the internment camp where she spent her childhood - one step on the path to forgiveness.
This summer, the great Canadian writer, Joy Kogawa, will meet with literary admirers at a conference in New Denver, BC. Scattered through the audience will be the descendants of those who worked in the internment camp where Joy was held as a child during World War ll. Joy will meet with these families to share their photo albums and thoughtful - often painful - recollections of the camp. Some families harbour deep guilt. Others are more conflicted. Their conversations mirror the ambivalence Canadians may feel today, as we confront an increasingly rancorous debate about Canada as a safe harbour for citizens of other nations. Meanwhile, children at the school - who come from around the world - will create a short animated film about their childhood today, an uplifting end to our story.
Our team is a cross-section of the nation: Canadians of Japanese, Metis, Jewish, German, French and English heritage. We feel these diverse perspectives will create a film that speaks to all of Canada about the challenges of becoming one nation.