As Japanese Canadians we are reminded that on November 9th, 1945, Canada ratified the Charter of the United Nations adopted earlier that year in San Francisco. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was a signatory to the charter whilst his government exiled its own citizens, most born in Canada, to Japan. The injustices endured by...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 to...Continue reading
The National Association of Japanese Canadians applauds the Liberal government’s clear commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in communities across Canada over the next few months. We also are encouraged by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s more general pledge to pursue a principled, humane approach in Canada’s international engagements. The National Association of Japanese Canadians...Continue reading
The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is concerned about the proposed “Charter of Quebec Values” and in particular the measures to prohibit public servants from wearing conspicuous religious symbols. Ken Noma, President of the NAJC stated that “We support the Quebec Government’s goal to defend equity between men and women and to encourage equity...Continue reading
January 4, 2013 To: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Prime Minister’s Office Re: Idle no more The National Association of Japanese Canadians is pleased to hear that you will be meeting with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence; National Chief Shawn Atleo and other chiefs on January 11, 2013. At this meeting I urge you to engage in...
The National Association of Japanese Canadians call upon Prime Minster Harper and Governor General Johnston to meet with National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Aboriginal leaders and Attawapiskat Nation Chief Theresa Spence to discuss concrete commitments, preservation and fulfillment of treaty rights. Bill C-45 directly alters the Indian Act and therefore requires further open discussions with...Continue reading
At the 2012 NAJC AGM held in Kamloops BC, Vancouver human rights advocate Tatsuo Kage was awarded the 2012 Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award. Awarded this year for the first time, the award honours the work and legacy of Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi of Edmonton. The award will be presented every two years in recognition...