Re-discover the stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey BC

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

Province takes step to acknowledge historical wrongs against Japanese Canadians

  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...

Japanese Canadian residents in 1940 Surrey

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

NAJC Statement Regarding Wet’suwet’en Territory

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

Remembering Gordon Kadota

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

District of Tofino Apologizes for 1947 Discriminatory Motion

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 It was rescinded in...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

NAJC President’s Message – April 2019

 By Lorene Oikawa  I was at the March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination event in Vancouver. It was very appropriate that it was on this day, on behalf of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), I signed the agreement with the BC government for the funding of the BC Redress...Continue reading

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