The SEAD portion of the Fund has been established to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to Japanese Canadians furthering their studies and skills in the visual or performing arts, sports, or academic fields, and was funded by an initial grant of $250,000 received from the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation.

SEAD grants awarded since inception to March 31, 2015:  $236,355

The Cultural Development portion of the Fund has been established to provide financial assistance in the form of grants for Japanese Canadian cultural programs and activities, and was funded by an initial grant of $350,000 received from the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation.

Cultural Development grants awarded since inception to March 31, 2015:  $533,223

2015 Recipients

Jennifer Matsunaga
(Ottawa, ON)

Chuck Tasaka (Nanaimo, BC)
Elena Kusaka (Burnaby, BC)
Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island (Saltspring Island, BC)
Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
Kagan Goh (Vancouver, BC)
Mark Kunji Ikeda (Calgary, AB)
Powell Street Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Regina Japanese Canadian Club Inc. (Regina, SK)
Tetsuro Shigematsu (Vancouver, BC)
Vivian Wakabayashi Rygnestad (Richmond, BC)

Spring 2014 Recipients

Tyler Nagano (Oakville, Ontario)

Brefni Shuttleworth (Toronto)
Hastings Park Foundation for Rights and Freedoms (Toronto)
Mylee Nordin and Thomas Buchanan (Toronto)
Emiko Morita (Vancouver)
GVJCCA Bulletin (Vancouver)
Regina Japanese Canadian Club (Regina)
Miyazaki House Society (Lillooet)
Victoria Kyudo Association (Victoria)
The Corporation of the Village of New Denver (New Denver)
Nikkei Museum (Vancouver)

Spring  2013 Recipients

Lisa Uyeda (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon (Whitehorse, Yukon)
David Fujino (Toronto, Ontario)
Japanese Social Services (Toronto, Ontario)
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (Vancouver)
Powell Street Festival

Spring 2012 Recipients

Maiko Yamamoto
Ruthie Sumiko Tabata (Vancouver)
Julia Aoki (Vancouver)

Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC (Toronto) – Nikkei Manga Project
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) – Keisho Conference
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Burnaby) – On: Art and Internment Exhibit
Lakehead Japanese Canadian Culture Centre (Thunder Bay) – Taiko Workshops
France Benoit (Yukon) – Kiri’s Piano
Jeff Chiba Stearns (Burnaby) – Mixed Match
Seikyu Kai (Toronto) – Kyudo Equipment
Kyudo Association of Canada (Vancouver) – Seminar
Greg Masuda (Vancouver) – Documentary, ‘Goddess of Mercy’
Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa (Montreal) – Tashme Project
Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Japanese language workshops for teachers.

Fall 2011 Recipients

Lisa Rie Hansen (Vancouver)
Danielle Jette (Calgary)
Erin Kuwabara (Brantford, Ontario)

Asian Canadian Studies Society (Vancouver)
Kamloops and Area NAJC (Kamloops)
Cindy Mochizuki (Vancouver)
Masako Sharpe (Vancouver)
Hideo Takahashi (Toronto)

Spring 2011 Recipients

Alejandro Yoshizawa (Montreal)

Julia Aoki
, Powell Street Festival Society (Vancouver)
Beth Carter, Japanese Canadian National Museum (Vancouver)
Ken Galloway (Toronto)
Rose Murakami & Richard Murakami (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia)
Kenji Tokawa (Toronto)

Fall 2010 Recipients

Alexandra Yoshi Allen
Christina Sumie Hirukawa (Vancouver)
Amanda Kimoto (Calgary)
Yota Kobayashi (Vancouver)

Momoko Allard (Montreal)
Kaori Kasai (Vancouver)
Pia Massie (Vancouver)
Pangaea Arts (Vancouver)
Sakura Singers Society (Vancouver)
Steveston Buddhist Temple (Richmond)
Jean Maeda (Kawasaki City, Japan & Winnipeg)
Katherine Yamashita (Toronto)
Tiresias (Vancouver)
Rachel Sachiko Mercer (Hamilton)

2007 Fall Recipients

Sports, Education, Arts Development (SEAD)
Emma Kimoto,
Richmond, BC

Cultural Development (CD)
Gendai Gallery,
Toronto, Ontario
Yayoi Theatre Movement Society, Vancouver, BC
Greater Vancouver JCCA Human Rights Committee, Vancouver, BC
Momiji Dancers Society, Lethbridge, AB
Karen Brownlee, Lethbridge, AB
Kirsten Emiko McAllister, Vancouver, BC

2007 Spring Recipients

Cultural Development (CD)
Jeff Chiba Stearns,
Kelowna, BC
Hiromi Goto, Coquitlam, BC
Heritage Committee, JCCC, Toronto, ON
Terry Watada, Toronto, ON
Takako Yanagida-Lordly, Toronto, ON

2006 Sports, Arts, and Education Development Grant (SEAD)

Steven Uchikata,
Toronto, ON, Participation in The Canadian National Junior Ten Pin Bowling Team

2006 Cultural Development Fund (CD)
Emiko Ando,
Vancouver, BC, Film Production
Yuki Okada, Otawa, ON, Creation of Children’s Taiko Group
Betty Inouye,Kamloops, BC, Book Project: Kamloops 30th Anniversary History Preservation Project
Lillian Nakamura Maguire, Whitehorse, Yukon, Photo Exhibit
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, Burnaby, BC, Oral Histories Project
Nikkei Week 2006 Suian Maru Centennial Committee, Burnaby, BC, Celebration to Acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of the Early Japanese Settlers
Mieko Watanabe, Montreal, QC, Video Production on her 60 Year Career & Life as an Ikebana Teacher

2006 Fall Recipients


2006 Sports, Education, Arts Development (SEAD)
Aretha Aoki,
Vancouver, BC
Nicole Tsukishima, Lethbridge, AB
Blake Tsuyuki, Port Moody, BC

2006 Cultural Development (CD)
JCCC Heritage Cookbook Project Committee,
JCCC, Toronto
Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island, Salt Spring Island
Keiko Tenney-Sean Homma, Vancouver, BC
Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area, Lethbridge, AB
Raiden Taiko, Kamloops, BC
Yamabiko Taiko, Kelowna, BC

2005 Sports, Arts, and Education Development Grant (SEAD)

Tracy Matsuo, Toronto, ON, Research Project: Canadian Nikkei Groups
Kirsten Manley-Casmir, Mississauga, ON, Beach Volleyball World Tour
Naoko Metz, Delta, BC, Research Project: Healthcare for Japanese Canadians
Kim Kobayashi, Vancouver, BC, Ethnomusicology Thesis on Taiko
Bernard Arai, Vancouver, BC, Lessons on Shakuhachi

2005 Cultural Development Fund (CD)
Notre Dame High School Alumnus, Port Coquitlam, ON, Printing of School Chronicle
Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Toronto ON. Video Production
Ron Reid, Toronto, ON, Promotion of Japanese Culture
Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Purchase of Library Software & Computer
Japanese Canadian Legacy Project, Toronto, ON, Oral Histories & Web Development
National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Center, Burnaby, BC, BC Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Asahi Community Celebration
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC, Exhibition of Images of Internment
Calgary Kotobuki Society, Calgary, AB, Production of History Books
Canadian Japanese Ministries, Scarborough, ON, Reprinting of History Book
Masako Fukawa, Burnaby, BC, Teacher’s Professional Development Session
Gendai Gallery, Toronto, ON, Exhibition of the Works of Akira Yoshikawa
Kaye Kishibe, Toronto, ON, Preparation of a Manuscript on the History of the Japanese Canadian Volunteer Soldier in WWI
Jack Nakamoto, Ottawa, ON, Publication of Book
Joshua Olson, Vancouver, BC, Documentary Film Project
Powell Street Festival Society, Vancouver, BC, Project Focused Upon the Social & Cultural Histories of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, Vancouver, BC, Historical Exhibit & Publication for its Centennial Celebrations Project

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