Community Development Committee
The Community Development Committee is responsible for providing direction to the National Executive Board on the needs of the Japanese community as reflected by the membership of local member organizations: seniors, Ijusha, families and youth. To strengthen community, the committee facilitates networking opportunities among member organizations, and provides funding resources to support local social, community and arts programs. The committee is chaired by the NAJC Secretary.
Since 2009, the Community Development Committee (CDC) has provided funding support for local initiatives and priorities that focus on building capacity within the Japanese Canadian communities.
In the Spring, the Community Development Fund (CDF) application procedures and forms are distributed to member organizations to receive funds that are allocated in the Fall of the same year. Summary Reports of Community Based projects are posted in the Members Only Section on the website.
The CDC is also developing an on-line resource data bank for member organizations to use and share information on the NAJC website.
The Constitution and Resolutions Committee
is chaired by Lillian Nakamura Maguire, a director on the National Executive Board.
Committee members appointed by the NEB in October 2014 are:
- Steve Sellars, Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association
- Morgan Elander, Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association
The Committee is responsible for:
- ensuring that motions for the Annual General Meeting and Special General Meetings are valid within the confines of the Constitution and Bylaws;
- reviewing the NAJC Constitution and Bylaws as advised by the National Executive Board or the membership through the National Executive Board;
- providing solutions to issues brought forward during review and making recommendations to the National Executive Board or membership through the National Executive Board.
The Committee for this year is to review the Bylaws and make recommendations for any updates and changes to the NEB, for presentation to the membership at the next AGM in 2015.
Endowment Fund Committee
The NAJC has established Endowment Funds to give grants. Details of the Endowment Fund that comprise of Sports, Education and Arts Development (SEAD) and Cultural Development (CD) are available in the tab “Endowment Fund Overview”.
The Endowment Fund Committee is the jury who evaluates the applications and makes the recommendation as to the recipients. The four member committee is elected by the National Council of the NAJC at its AGM. Two members are elected each year for 2-year staggered terms.
Please contact the National Executive Office for Nominations Forms and information.
The NAJC Heritage Committee coordinates work with the NAJC Executive Board to aid the Japanese Canadian community in the local preservation, maintenance and dissemination of Japanese Canadian history and to ensure fair and unbiased representation of Japanese-Canadian history.
The Heritage Committee’s areas of focus include the following:
1. Aiding community efforts to record, and preserve archival materials, through expertise, contacts and experience;
2. Maintaining vigilance over interpretations of Japanese Canadian histories in various texts, museum displays, commemorative programs and events; and intervening when required;
3. Compiling a directory of archives of Japanese Canadian history and heritage to aid in its dissemination.
Human Rights Committee
One of the objectives of the National Association of Japanese Canadians is:
“To actively work independently and with others toward the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and related intolerances and to strive for equal rights and liberties for all persons in Canada, irrespective of and not limited to, race, colour, creed, national orgin or sex and to combat discriminatory practices directed against disadvantaged groups…”.
To this end, the NAJC has a Human Rights Committee with the primary task of dealing with human rights issues, concerns and initiatives. The Human Rights links on the website, below, will attempt to provide information on human rights related issues relevant to Japanese Canadians.
BACKGROUND ON DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION INFORMATION
Following the historic Redress Settlement on September 22, 1988, the then NAJC President Art Miki and other community leaders pointed out that the signing of the Redress Agreement was an important achievement in the history of human rights in Canada that carried with it a special responsibility. Japanese Canadians must be vigilant with regard to human rights violations and should be the first to speak up when situations occur. Other minority groups should not have to experience similar violations of their rights. The Vancouver JCCA Human Rights Committee published a Bilingual Human Rights Guide for Japanese Canadians in 1995, which was revised and enlarged in 2003. Human Rights Book English Human Rights Book Japanese It was well received by the established community, and by newcomers and visitors from Japan for whom it served as an orientation reference for the history and cultural of Japanese Canadians. The booklet provided information to those who were unaware of their rights, making them vulnerable to exploitation and discrimination. The NAJC Human Rights Committee members adapted some of the information from the Vancouver guide for this online version. We developed the human rights web information in the hopes that this would assist you to be aware of your own and other’s human rights. We also hope that you will be able to recognize acts of discrimination, harassment, sexism, racism, racial profiling or any other unequal or unfair treatment, and will know how to deal with these situations. Information at this site is provided as a service to members. The Human Rights Committee did its best to get the most current information, but the environment and regulations surrounding human rights issues are constantly changing and readers should be aware that we cannot guarantee that all information is current or accurate. Users should verify the information before acting on it. See the links under “What agencies are responsible for Human Rights Law in Canada” for further information on provincial, territorial and federal human rights bodies.
JAPANESE CULTURAL VALUES IN HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
Historical background The trauma of the internment and its effect upon our sense of human rights Introduction of Democratic Principles in Japan after World War II
HISTORY OF JAPANESE CANADIANS
Early History WWII Experience – Internment and Dispersal Renewal – The Centennial and Redress Japanese Canadians Today
HOW CAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND OTHER LAWS PROTECT YOU?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW AND THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS?
WHAT AGENCIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS LAW IN CANADA?
WHAT IS “DISCRIMINATION” BASED ON HUMAN RIGHTS LAW?
WHAT AREAS ARE PROTECTED UNDER HUMAN RIGHTS LAW?
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF DISCRIMINATION?
WHAT KINDS OF DISCRIMINATION CAN OCCUR?
a) racism b) racial discrimination c) systemic racial discrimination d) racial profiling e) harassment f) reasonable accommodation
GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN CANADA
What is the meaning of Gender Discrimination? Where does it happen? Why does it happen? Are there laws against gender discrimination? How does gender discrimination affect the Japanese Canadian community? Other gender-based challenges What is sexual harassment? What is domestic violence? Is there a relationship between gender discrimination and homophobia? Same-sex marriage in Canada
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO DEAL WITH DISCRIMINATION AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES?
The Membership Committee is formed under the NAJC (National Association of Japanese Canadians).
The committee is responsible to:
- solicit new members
- assist meeting current members’ needs on a national level
- act as a conduit connecting members.
A nominations committee that is comprised of a minimum of 3 members appointed by the National Executive Board (NEB) is established in the year of NEB elections. The committee is responsible for:
- Actively pursuing individuals for being nominated for the National Executive Board or the Endowment Fund Committee
- Ensuring that the Election by-laws are followed
- Working closely with the Election Chair, National Administrator and Returning Officer
- Conducting a review of the nomination and elections process and submitting a formal report to the National Executive Board after every AGM election
Young Leaders Committee
The Young Leaders Committee is a group formed under the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).
The Young Leaders Committee is responsible for:
- acting as the national voice of young people in JC communities;
- engaging and connecting young people in JC communities across Canada;
- proposing recommendations to the National Executive Board on programming, events, and annual budget.