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....
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....
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...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 It was rescinded...Continue reading
Over 60 years of racist legislation and discrimination in British Columbia (BC) culminated in the province’s critical role in the forced removal, internment, confiscation of property, and forced exile of 22,000 Japanese Canadians during 1942 to 1949. Recent research shows the BC government and its officials were complicit directly and indirectly in the unjust...Continue reading
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....Continue reading
Ahead of the release, later this year, of Canada Post’s stamp to honour the Vancouver Asahi, Historica Canada is today releasing their latest Heritage Minute, also celebrating the storied baseball team. The production, by Vancouver-based Point Blank Creative, will be the first Heritage Minute to be issued in English, French, and Japanese. The Heritage...Continue reading
I was in my final semester of the Archives and Records Management and Museum Studies masters’ programs at the University of Toronto. I put together my application package during midterms with the support of the Toronto NAJC Chapter, interviewed over the phone from a library study room, and moved to Vancouver the day after...Continue reading