President’s Message, September 2010

On July 31, 2010, a very special ceremony was held in New Denver, commemorating the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, as a National Historic Site of Canada. Grace Thomson, Past President of the NAJC, who has been very active with the NIMC, represented the NAJC at the ceremony. It is with great respect and pride that...

President’s Message, August 2010

The NAJC office has moved again, to a temporary office space  in downtown Winnipeg. This move was prompted by a change of ownership of our previous location of 1 – 222 Osborne St., which resulted in a significant increase of the rent and a long term lease. The next step will be to establish a...

President’s Message, May 2010

The National Executive Board (NEB) of the NAJC met in Toronto on March 27-28, for its regular quarterly meeting. We wish to thank the individual members as well as the Toronto NAJC chapter for their presentations at our meeting.  It is through these exchanges that we learn more about the activities in the Japanese Canadian...Continue reading

President’s Message, April 2010

Spring has arrived, bringing new hope and renewed energy to our lives. As a Japanese Canadian community, we have much to celebrate, not the least of which is the number of volunteers whose dedication and hard work bring so much life and spirit to our communities. Many thanks to all the volunteers across Canada. The...Continue reading

President’s Message, March 2010

In late January, 2010, I attended the round table discussion in Winnipeg, hosted by the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR), inviting the public, to “help write the story of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights”. There were many familiar faces in the crowd–human rights activists, faith-based organizations, ethnic groups, special interest groups, etc. Everyone...Continue reading

President’s Message, January 2010

The New Year has started with renewed hope and desire for a more peaceful world. It is mid January and all eyes are focused on the tragedy in Haiti. The devastation and violence that has erupted in that part of the world is unfathomable. Canadians, in their inimitable fashion have opened their hearts and wallets...Continue reading

President’s Message, December 2009

The holiday season is upon us and provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect upon the many  gifts that we cherish now and every day of the year. At the Honouring our People conference in Vancouver in October, I am reminded of the gifts that the storytellers shared with the participants, of their...Continue reading

President’s Message, November 2009

As NAJC President, I was honoured to accept an invitation to “Witnessing the Future” ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) at Rideau Hall, on October 15, 2009.  This was an occasion that focused on “listening to and learning from the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools”.  In keeping with Aboriginal traditions, occasions...

President’s Message, October 2009

After a year of preparation, the national celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement is now behind us. While I have not yet had time to digest what all happened, from accounts received so far, I think we can safely say it was a memorable event, and undoubtedly credit goes largely to...Continue reading

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