Mata Ashita is an intergenerational writing circle for Japanese Canadians and a space for connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting January 9 and continuing on the first Saturday of each month in Spring and Summer 2021, Mata Ashita will host Japanese Canadian artists over Zoom and invite the community to participate in an online...Continue reading
2017 was a big year. The NAJC continued to support an Endowment Fund with 12 approved projects (Culture Development – 11; SEAD – 1) of approximately $31,000. The CD Fund helped commemorate 75 years of internment with events in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria....
A huge thank you to all those who contributed to this year’s Young JC Leaders Conference! We had a wide variety of great conversations, thought provoking perspectives, and above all… a tonne of unforgettable fun! Special thanks to Alex Miki for sharing a Comprehensive Overview of the Young Leaders perspectives. We’ll be posting more highlights...Continue reading
On June 28th, 2017, the Nishga Girl gill net boat, owned by Hereditary Chief Harry Nyce and built by the late Japanese Canadian boat builder, Judo “Jack” Tasaka, was formally re-installed in the Nishga Girl Salon at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. In attendance were 90 guests that included 46 dancers,...Continue reading
More than 80 groups gathered around the fire in Oodena Circle at the Forks in downtown Winnipeg in a partnership with the City of Winnipeg to sign the Indigenous Accord. Mayor Brian Bowman and City Council adopted the Accord as an important step towards the City’s Journey of Reconciliation and invited individuals and organizations...Continue reading
There are 9 members of the NAJC National Honorary Advisory Council. This month we profile: Maryka Omatsu, Mary Kitagawa and Tosh Kitagawa. You can view the profiles of all nine members of the NAJC National Honorary Advisory Council at najc.ca/najc-national-honorary-advisory-council/ The Honorable Justice Maryka Omatsu M.A., LL.B Appointed in Feb. 2003, Judge Maryka Omatsu is...Continue reading
By Anne Nagaoka Shaw As the lucky recipient of the NAJC Suzuka Scholarship in 2016, my experience during the exchange in Japan was very beneficial, not only helping me improve my Japanese language skills, but also in offering me a chance to introduce aspects of Canada culture to both Japanese and international students at...Continue reading
NAJC Young Leaders Fund Application Now Available The Young Leaders Committee (YLC) of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) was established in 2014 as a core group of engaged young leaders from Japanese Canadian communities nationwide. The YLC seeks to engage, connect, mentor, and advocate for young people in Japanese Canadian communities, and...Continue reading