Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In response to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 80 the Canadian government has designated September 30, informally known as Orange Shirt Day, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The importance of this day could not be clearer as Canadians grapple with the discoveries of unmarked graves around former residential school sites. A reality...

NAJC President’s Message – May 2021

The National Association of Japanese Canadians, since its inception in 1947, has focused on the needs and concerns of the Japanese Canadian community including our work on addressing racial discrimination so that we have a safe, inclusive society for all.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...

Call out for Japanese Canadian artists to participate in Japanese American virtual pilgrimage

Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage On-line programming is being planned to actively memorialize the history of Japanese incarceration during World War II, a way to celebrate the history, diversity, strength, and vibrancy of the Nikkei community. Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages ( is going digital due to the cancellation of annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime...Continue reading

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Racism Linked to COVID-19

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is hearing stories from across our communities of anti-Asian racism related to COVID-19. In response to this, the NAJC has released the statement below. The NAJC’s Human Rights Committee is now collecting these stories, in order to assess needs, raise awareness, and respond. We encourage you to fill...Continue reading

2020 NAJC Endowment Funds Information

The National Association of Japanese Canadians would like to remind everyone that the annual deadline for applying for one of our Endowment Fund grants (SEAD and Cultural Development Funds) is rapidly approaching (March 31, 2020 at 2 PM Central Daylight Time CDT) Application forms for the SEAD and Cultural Development Fund can be completed online...

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


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

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