B.C. Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WW II in Asia (ALPHA) was established in January 1997. The three chapters of ALPHA in BC, Toronto and Calgary joined force to form Canada ALPHA In June 1997. Ottawa ALPHA, Edmonton ALPHA and Halifax ALPHA were also established in 1999, 2008 & 2009 respectively. They are all parts of Canada ALPHA.
The B.C. Association for the Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (B.C. ALPHA) was established in 1997. Through the dedication of volunteers and supporters, B.C. ALPHA has come a long way in promoting the awareness of the crimes against humanity committed during WWII in Asia through various educational initiatives. Since its establishment, B.C. ALPHA cooperates with different ethnic and community organizations in this educational aspect. In 2000, B.C. ALPHA began working with B.C. Ministry of Education and Canadian educators in an attempt to integrate this important, but seldom known chapter of history and human rights lesson into the provincial secondary school curriculum. B.C. ALPHA also supports just and honorable redress for victims of the Asian Holocaust. Our program and project funding come entirely from individual donors and charity foundations.
The mission of BC ALPHA is to foster understanding, redress and reconciliation related to the tragedies of WW II in Asia. In co-operation with other ethnic groups including Canadians of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Dutch and Jewish descent, we organize and participate in projects and events that facilitate the public to learn lessons of humanity from the war crimes and crimes against humanity that were committed during the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945). We also support the long-over due redress for victims of the Asian Holocaust. The ultimate aim of ALPHA is to work for peace and justice.
a. to promote peace, justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, multiculturalism and racial harmony;
b. to facilitate the Canadian society to learn lessons of humanity from the war crimes and crimes against humanity that were committed during World War II in Asia;
c. to foster and support the teaching within the Canadian education system of the atrocities and human rights violations that occurred during World War II in Asia and to learn lessons of humanity from this dark chapter of history.