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Mission's Japanese Remembered

Mission's first Japanese pioneers - Issei - are commemorated through the naming of streets after them. This week you can find out about Fujino Street - named after the first Japanese family to settle in the community by reading Street Stories

Sueno Ikeda, Japanese pioneer Kumikichi Fujino's daughter, recalled at a Mission Japanese Reunion in 1984: In those pioneer days as related to me by my mother, Japanese women were a novelty. On hearing that a Japanese women was in the area, men packed their lunch and came from miles around to look at this rare spectacle. In this day and age, a situation like this is hard to comprehend. READ MORE

Unique Program to Preserve Archives

Established in 2000 by Archivist Val Billesberger, the School Archives Program (SAP) is a unique partnership with Mission School District which encourages students and educational staff to become involved in the preservation of their local documentary heritage. READ MORE about some of the records acquired through the program this year...

MISSION STREETS... You can find out the fascinating story behind the names of local streets by reading our Street Stories

MISSION'S NOTABLE WOMEN... READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program.

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Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Community Archives serves as a central repository for all community records that document the social, economic, and political development of the District of Mission and the Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Areas: I (Dewdney-Hatzic Island), J (Nicomen Island Deroche), K (Lake Errock) and L (McConnell Creek-Hatzic Prairie).

The holdings include the records of individuals and families, arts and community organizations, clubs and local businesses and some local government. The archives also maintain a small reference collection pertaining to the history of the municipality, genealogical research, and the administration of archives.

Glimpses of the Past: 1908

Anthony Taulbut fonds / Mission Community Archives

FIRST BYLAW by the District of Mission to regulate businesses was adopted at a regular meeting of Council held on July 4th, 1908. The Council proceedings in the July 9th edition of the Fraser Valley Record reported that the final reading of the bylaw was passed and put into force on July 10th. It was also noted that the trade licence fees for "every hawker or peddler" and those who sold or supplied goods "doing business outside of the Municipality" be amended to read: "$2.50 and $5.00 respectively for every six months." At the time, the majority of businesses were located in today's downtown area which was not originally part of the District of Mission. It was an unorganized territory administered by the provincial government which eventually incorporated and existed as a separate municipality until 1969.

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