When a Tree Falls

Grandfather’s Prince Rupert sakura legacy to live on in music by John Endo Greenaway  In 1909, Shotaro (Tom) Shimizu arrived in Prince Rupert, in northern British Columbia, having worked for two years on the railways in the United States after leaving his home in Nara, Japan. As the second son in his family, he feltContinue reading

Japanese Canadian Memorial Garden & Signage Unveiling Event

Friday, May 11, 1:30pm Lillooet, BC In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Internment, Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be unveiling the second of seven Highway Legacy Signs for the Internment Site clusters and Roadcamps for the Self-supporting sites of East Lillooet, Bridge River, Minto, and McGillivray Falls.Continue reading

Ceremony Planned for Wartime Road Camps Signage Erected at Mount Robson

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), BC Parks and the Columbia Basin Institute are pleased to invite you to attend the Yellowhead Blue River Highway Project’s signage dedication ceremony. Over the past three years, our organizations have worked hard to recognize the contributions Japanese Canadians made to the development of Canada’s highway and theContinue reading

NAJC meets BC Premier John Horgan regarding remediation and redress for the violation of citizenships rights of Japanese Canadians

An NAJC delegation led by President David Mitsui and representatives from the BC Member Organizations (Tsugio Kurushima – Victoria; Rick Ogasawara – Vernon; Lorene Oikawa – Vancouver; Eiko Eby – Nanaimo; George Uyeda – Kamloops) met with BC Premier John Horgan, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism Ravi Kahlon, and the Executive Director of MulticulturalismContinue reading

Victoria News

Dr. Pamela Sugiman PhD. Lecture at the Royal BC Museum By Roy Katsuyama On January 28, 2018, Dr. Pamela Sugiman presented a lecture about the Japanese Canadian internment. The title of the talk was, “Acts of Kindness and Complicity: The silence of bystanders and eyewitnesses to the dispossession and internment of Japanese Canadians” The following synopsisContinue reading

7 Potatoes Society Funding report

The Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Cultural Society (aka 7 Potatoes) received a Community Renewal grant. The grant helped us to purchase equipment, supplies, and signage for our events, supported facility rentals and honoraria for paid entertainment to support our six events in the year. The new supplies have enabled us to have better signageContinue reading

Kayla Isomura: packing for unknown journeys

I was very curious how others would respond. I applied for the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ (NAJC) Young Leaders Fund to help support the idea, and while I was waiting to hear back about the grant, I began mentioning the idea to folks.

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