Why won't the pieces fit: Uncovering Deviations in the Compensation Awarded to Japanese Canadians at the Bird Commission

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dc.contributor.author Hayes, Nathaniel James
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-28T19:12:21Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-28T19:12:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-07-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/14081
dc.description.abstract In developing the Bird Commission, its commissioner, Henry I. Bird, and other officials eventually chose to compensate Japanese Canadians for the forced sale of their property below free market value using property categories and set percentages. They developed strict formulas for each category that should have been easy to follow when reimbursing claimants. However, this was not the case. Commission officials failed to follow the procedures that they had developed when awarding compensation to Japanese Canadians. Claimants could collect awards that were below or above the amounts that the commission’s procedure predicted. This thesis aims to understand the reasons why Bird Commission officials failed to follow the formulas that they had developed when compensating Japanese Canadians for the dispossession of their property through an examination of the Bird Commission Casefiles and Custodian Casefiles. Using information gathered from these government records, this analysis employs statistical analysis to explain the factors which influenced commission officials to alter awards. Considering the historical context of the commission, this analysis also offers explanations for why the factors uncovered using regression analysis may have impacted the commission and its outcomes. Recognizing the deviations in the Bird Commission’s compensation offers new insights into the commission’s operations and impacts on Japanese Canadians. It highlights a close relationship between the commission and officials from the Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property, and it participates with the work of other scholars in acknowledging the efforts that Japanese Canadians made in making the Canadian government confront the injustices it had conducted against them. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject Nikkei en_US
dc.subject Japanese Canadian en_US
dc.subject Compensation en_US
dc.subject Bird Commission en_US
dc.subject Dispossession en_US
dc.subject Property en_US
dc.subject quantitative en_US
dc.title Why won't the pieces fit: Uncovering Deviations in the Compensation Awarded to Japanese Canadians at the Bird Commission en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Stanger-Ross, Jordan
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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