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 to vote and return to the west coast if they had the means.Continue reading

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 October 2nd.Continue reading

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 Hiroshima...

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 today and actions we can take.Continue reading

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.Continue reading

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 We can save...Continue reading

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.Continue reading

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.Continue reading

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