Introducing: Executive Director Kevin Okabe

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Okabe as the new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2018. Kevin, based in Calgary, Alberta, has been actively involved with the Japanese Canadian community at both the local and national levels for over thirty years. Locally, he helped organize Japanese Canadian youth...Continue reading

Midi Onodera wins Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced that Midi Onodera is among this year’s winners of the $25,000 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.  The prestigious awards are funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizing artistic achievement in visual and media arts and fine craft. Onodera, a JC Toronto media artist,...Continue reading

7 Potatoes Society Funding report

The Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Cultural Society (aka 7 Potatoes) received a Community Renewal grant. The grant helped us to purchase equipment, supplies, and signage for our events, supported facility rentals and honoraria for paid entertainment to support our six events in the year. The new supplies have enabled us to have better signage...Continue reading

2016-2018 National Executive Board Confirmed

NAJC 2016-2018 National Executive Board Members At its Annual General Meeting and Conference held in the City of Calgary earlier this month, member organizations (National Council) confirmed the new Board for the 2016 to 2018 term.  The slate of officers are as follows: President: David Mitsui (Edmonton) Vice President: Lorene Oikawa (Vancouver) Madame Secretary: Michiko...

Board Directions August 2016

  JACL resolution acknowledges the civil rights violation of Japanese Canadians during and after World War II by the Government of Canada At its National Convention in Las Vegas on July 12, 2016, the Japanese American Citizens League National Council passed the Philadelphia Chapter resolution acknowledging “the Civil Rights violations forcefully imposed on Canadian citizens...

Board Directions

President’s Report – Bev Ohashi

Having a comprehensive strategic and tactical plan shared with its membership has provided a strong position for NEB to accomplish action steps by the directors, executive director, and national administrator. The following updates from NEB directors are evidence of the work that have been accomplished. Since 2014, NEB was focused on being action oriented and...Continue reading

Board Directions

Highlights of the NAJC Heritage Committee 2015-2016 National Survey

May 16, 2016, by Sachiko Okuda, member, NAJC Heritage Committee In late 2015 the NAJC Heritage Committee invited NAJC organizations and other organizations with a heritage or history component to participate in a national survey, the objectives of which were to paint a picture, in broad strokes, of community-based Nikkei heritage initiatives, and to identify...

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