NAJC President’s Message – January 2021

New Year’s is an opportunity to share in the traditional Japanese foods, learn more about our culture and family traditions, and connect with family, loved ones, and friends. Many of us took to online meetings and phone calls to avoid in-person gatherings for the safety of everyone....

NAJC President’s Message – November 2020

Remember that voting rights have not existed for everyone at the same time. In 1947, Chinese- and Indo-Canadians finally got the right to vote. Japanese Canadians didn’t get franchise until 1949 – four years after the Second World War ended. About 22,000 Japanese Canadians, who were forcibly uprooted, dispossessed, and interned, were finally allowed...

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NAJC President’s Message – October 2020

The NAJC National Executive Board (NEB) is very grateful for our extended JC family, all of our member organizations and members, volunteers, and the Japanese Canadian communities across Canada. With the COVID-19 pandemic we had to rethink, pivot, and adapt. Sometimes we were able to switch events to online such as our AGM on...

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NAJC President’s Message – September 2020

We need the schools to have safe processes in place and we need students to have access to the valuable learning and socialization they get when in school. It’s not only for their academics, but also for their mental well-being....

NAJC President’s Message – August 2020

by Lorene Oikawa One of the commemorative events we recognized this month is Hiroshima Day on August 6. It’s been 75 years since the bombing of Hiroshima. Many of the young children who survived that day are now seniors. I spoke to two of them to get their perspective.  On August 6, we observe...

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NAJC President’s Message – July 2020

Your positive response to our online sessions is appreciated and we are continuing our online programming. It’s been a great way to connect during this pandemic. It’s also been a wonderful opportunity to bring people together from across the country to have important discussions such as our NAJC Human Rights Committee’s discussion about racism...

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NAJC President’s Message – May 2020

Our current mantra in British Columbia is, “Be kind, be calm, be safe.” These are the words of the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. The top health officers across Canada have become familiar to us with their reassuring voices and efforts to provide up-to-date factual information and battling false information and rumours....

NAJC President’s Message – April 2020

By Lorene Oikawa It’s only been a month since my last message, but it feels longer with the constant changes and news about the COVID-19 (Corona) pandemic. The NAJC National Executive Board (NEB) is urging everyone to follow the direction of our national and local public health authorities. More info at Canada.ca/coronavirus We can...

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