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

New Denver

New Denver: Our Spiritual Furusato

Growing up in Japan, I was surrounded by traditional children’s songs and nostalgic songs that harkened back to my youth. The song, Aka Tombo (Red Dragonfly) transports me back to the open field where I happily tried to catch them with a huge net made by my maternal grandfather.

December Message

Although forgiveness is an individual act by the victim, it is important that the larger community is made aware of the transgression. Those who were directly affected must be given opportunities to ‘talk story’ and thereby leave a legacy of remembrance for future generations.

November message

31 delegates and alternates from 13 of 14 member organizations attended the weekend annual general meeting held in Toronto. In addition, we hosted the second concurrent Young Leaders conference. Thanks to the Kobayashi clan for their help in organizing the excellent Friday evening hospitality room.

With Aloha

On July 24th, 12 members of the first NAJC Hawai’i Heritage Tour began their tour of the Island of Oahu. One of the main objective was to connect with and to learn about the history and the challenges faced by our Japanese American cousins.

Lessons of Nishga Girl

by Ken Noma On Monday, July 8th at the NAJC Winnipeg office, an agreement was reached between the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Nyce family and the NAJC to return the gillnet boat, Nishga Girl, to the new Canadian Museum of History.

Our debt to the Nisei generation

Abraham Maslow in his academic paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation”, offered his theory on human behaviour based on a ‘hierarchy of needs’ that was illustrated in the form of a pyramid. Maslow identified Physiological needs as the most basic (food, shelter), followed by Safety, Love and Belonging, Esteem and the highest need being Self-Actualization.Continue reading

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