NAJC President’s Message – June 2019

by Lorene Oikawa I am writing this message in Winnipeg where many events are taking place to mark the centenary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. It’s noted as a pivotal event for Canadian labour history, but it’s significant for all workers. About 35,000 workers went out on strike in May 1919 to support theContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – April 2019

 By Lorene Oikawa  I was at the March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination event in Vancouver. It was very appropriate that it was on this day, on behalf of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), I signed the agreement with the BC government for the funding of the BC RedressContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – March 2019

by Lorene Oikawa If you didn’t see last month’s launch of the Heritage Minute about the Vancouver Asahi baseball team, you can still see it on the NAJC Facebook page and also on the Historica Canada website. The Asahi story is an important piece of Canadian history. The story is about the racism faced byContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – February 2019

by Lorene Oikawa By the time you read this, we will know if Wiarton Willie (Wiarton, Ontario), Shubenacadie Sam (Nova Scotia) or Fred la marmotte (Quebec) have seen their shadow on February 2, Groundhog Day. If they do then we are told we will have six more weeks of winter and if they don’t thenContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – January 2019

by Lorene Oikawa Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます  We hope you had some relaxing times, ate good food, and enjoyed the company of family, friends, and yourself for a little self-care. We wish you happiness, good health, and prosperity in 2019. As a yonsei – fourth generation Japanese Canadian – I grew upContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – December 2018

by Lorene Oikawa It’s been a whirlwind of activity going into December. We remembered the Japanese Canadians who served Canada on Remembrance Day at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park. We were also reminded that the cenotaph was unveiled on April 2, 1920 so 2020 will be the 100th anniversary. Discussions are happeningContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – November 2018

by Lorene Oikawa Last month, I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Kamloops community at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association (KJCA) 30thAnniversary of the Redress Agreement. Thank you to the KJCA, George Uyeda, and all the volunteers, for organizing the event which included a delicious dinner, entertainment, and a wonderful display onContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – October 2018

by Lorene Oikawa The 2018 NAJC AGM and Conference wrapped up the last weekend of September in Winnipeg. Participants from across the country left with a renewed commitment to continue our work on human rights, sharing the stories of Japanese Canadians, and strengthening our intergenerational and community collaborations. The conference theme, “Moving Forward After Injustice”Continue reading

Board Directions

National Executive Board (NEB) Update by Bev Ohashi, President National Executive Board Members and Administrators at the Inaugural Meeting Photo by:  Lisa Schoenhofer At the 2014 NAJC National Conference in Vancouver hosted by the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) under the leadership of Derek Iwanaka, the National Executive Board (NEB) for the nextContinue reading

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