NAJC President’s Message – March 2020

One of the messages I shared at Keirokai is the importance of sharing our stories. I urged everyone to document their family stories so they wouldn’t have regrets about missed opportunities. The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is committed to ensuring that the stories of Japanese Canadians are known and not forgotten....

NAJC President’s Message – February 2020

This Year of the Rat sees the NAJC moving forward with great energy. We are continuing work on BC Redress to honour the 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were uprooted, dispossessed, and interned. We will be meeting with the BC government this month, and will have more to share....

NAJC President’s Message – January 2020

The NAJC National Executive Board wish all the best for you and your loved ones in this New Year, 2020. It’s the year of the rat, and according to legend, the rat’s intelligence, quick thinking and adaptability allowed it to become the first animal in the 12 year zodiac....

NAJC President’s Message – December 2019

During the community consultations, we heard from members of our community who experienced the discrimination, the uprooting, dispossession, and internment. At the live event, we heard from two from our community, Mary Kitagawa and Judy Hanazawa. This is deeply personal for our community. ...

NAJC President’s Message – November 2019

I remember a grainy black and white photo of my uncle Buck in uniform in front of the cenotaph in Stanley Park with another soldier. The cenotaph would have been about 28 years old in that photo. ...

NAJC President’s Message – October 2019

COPANI XX was an opportunity to connect with Nikkei from other countries, learn about each other’s histories and current work, and also hear many great speakers. We were inspired by keynote speaker Norman Y. Mineta, a Japanese American who served as the Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and as the Secretary of...

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NAJC President’s Message – September 2019

by Lorene Oikawa September always holds strong memories for me including starting a new school year, meeting old and new friends, and new learning. This September we will be making more memories when the NAJC executive, representatives of NAJC member organizations, and members of the Japanese Canadian community will be heading out to San...

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NAJC President’s Message – August 2019

by Lorene Oikawa We had a flurry of media interest in the BC Redress process. For the most up-to-date information about the community consultation process please check our website najc.ca/bcredress We are still collecting input from our community until the end of August so please talk to your family and other Japanese Canadians to...

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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...

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