International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It commemorates the day when the police killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa. We remember the history of hate. However, this hatred is not just in the past: racism has not...

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Paul Kariya Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Paul Kariya to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame The National Association of Japanese Canadians and its 17-member organization sends its congratulations to Vancouver born Paul Kariya for being selected to The Hockey Hall of Fame. We are equally proud that Paul is the first inductee of Asian heritage and the first...

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National Honorary Advisory Council Members

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...

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David Fujino

David Kenji Fujino 1945 – 2017

The NAJC wishes to offer condolences to the family of David Kenji Fujino, professional actor (theatre, TV, film, video), published writer, artist, poet and reviewer.  His reviews appeared under the national banner of the NAJC.  David was a tireless activist on behalf of the Japanese Canadian community for many years.  He was a founding...

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Hide Hyodo Shimizu scholarship

Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship

The National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Landscapes of Injustice Partnership Project are proud to jointly announce the: “HIDE HYODO-SHIMIZU RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP” Valued at $10,000, this research scholarship will be awarded to a student who was enrolled full time at a Canadian University in the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful applicant will join...

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Quebec attack

NAJC Statement – U.S. Election and Racist Acts in Canada

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and Japanese Canadians join with Japanese Americans and allies who are denouncing the racist acts and rhetoric following the US election. The election of Donald Trump appears to have emboldened many to speak and act on their belief that differences in race, ethnicity, and religion are to...

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