The National Association of Japanese Canadians
Established in 1947, the NAJC is the only national organization in Canada that represents the JC community. Under the umbrella of the national body, we have member organizations across Canada. The NAJC negotiated the historic Redress Settlement on behalf of all JCs who suffered injustices and acts of discrimination during World War II. Many Canadians of Japanese descent were interned and deported, while others were sent to the sugar beet farms of Alberta and Manitoba. The property of JCs were seized by the Government and sold without consent. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and NAJC President Art Miki, ending a successful campaign that upheld the principles of democracy, justice and human rights, signed the historic Redress agreement on September 22, 1988.
Although our primary focus continues to be Human rights and Community Development, we believe that a strong volunteer base, financial sustainability and youth engagement is also critical to the well being of the JC community.
The primary aims of the NAJC is to enable all Japanese Canadian (JC) organizations throughout Canada to:
- work together on matters of concern to the JC community;
- work independently and with others to eliminate racial discrimination and related intolerance by promoting equity;
- work in close co-operation with other Canadian organizations and First Nations who are seeking redress for historic or other injustices; and
- take collective action to better the political, social, educational and economic welfare of Canadians of Japanese ancestry.
In fulfilling these aims, the NAJC pledges to advocate for a true democratic society wherein the fundamental civil rights and liberties of all persons in Canada are protected.
A strong, unified community founded on diversity and committed to human rights for all, for the enrichment of Canada.
To promote and develop a strong Japanese Canadian identity and thereby to strengthen local communities and the national organization. To strive for equal rights and liberties for all persons –
in particular, the rights of racial and ethnic minorities.