National Association of Japanese Canadians is sharing this call out for stories of Japanese Canadians who lived in Surrey, British Columbia before 1942. NAJC president Lorene Oikawa, a life-long resident of Surrey, who has been working to bring more stories to light encourages people to share their stories. “For too long, Japanese Canadians have been...Continue reading
Four years after Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey took place in 2017, another gathering took place in 2021 to re-discover the stories and share more stories of Japanese Canadian pioneer settlers in Surrey BC. Surrey’s first Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, who co-hosted the 2017 event shared her newest poetry. Ryan Gallagher...Continue reading
Read the Press Release Watch the News Conference The Province of British Columbia is providing the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society with $2 million as part of its commitment to honour the traumatic internment of almost 22,000 Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War. “This government acknowledges the role that it played in...
City of Surrey Heritage Project needs assistance with names of former Japanese Canadian residents in 1940 Surrey Heritage Interpretation Program is planning on installing a new heritage marker in Bear Creek Park, located in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey. Surrey is a city within the Metro Vancouver area. The marker will take the form of...Continue reading
The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is alarmed by recent RCMP incursions into the sovereign and unceded territory of the Wet'suwet'en people. We affirm the right of the hereditary chiefs, who hold legal title to their land, to refuse to allow construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on their territory.Continue reading
This July you can attend a two-week field school that includes a 1-week tour of internment sites in British Columbia and 1-week of intensive and interactive learning at the University of Victoria.Continue reading
by NAJC President Lorene Oikawa The NAJC received some very sad news from the Kadota family. Gordon Kadota, a former NAJC president, passed away on July 31, 2019. He had an amazing life, and if he was telling his story, he may have started with, “It’s a long story.” He was able to play a...Continue reading
REPORT ON THE APOLOGY ISSUED BY THE DISTRICT OF TOFINO Report submitted by Keiko Miki, NAJC Vice President and Chair of NAJC Human Rights Committee On May 28, 2019 Mayor Josie Osborne of the District of Tofino gave a public apology to the people impacted by the 1947 “Resolution Regarding Orientals”. It was rescinded in...
OUR GOAL FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION The NAJC has a mandate to publicly educate learners – of all ages – about our history which includes forced uprooting & internment, dispossession & dispersal, and redress & renewal. Our goal is to ensure this history is taught in Canadian schools. We are open to support multiple initiatives on this topic. One...Continue reading