NAJC Endowment Fund
After many years of struggle to seek redress for the unjust treatment of Japanese Canadians by the Canadian government during and after World War II, the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement was signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and NAJC President Art Miki, on September 22, 1988. The Redress Agreement acknowledged the unjust actions of the Canadian government and provided a symbolic redress for those actions. $12 million was provided to the Japanese Canadian community through the NAJC to undertake educational, social and cultural activities and programs that contribute to the well being of the community or promote human rights. The Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation (JCRF) was established by the NAJC for the purpose of allocating the $12 million community redress payment on behalf of the Japanese Canadian community.
In furtherance of the purpose of the community redress payment, the Redress Foundation entrusted the NAJC to administer a Sports, Education, Arts Development (SEAD) and Cultural Development (CD) Program. It is the intent of the Redress Foundation and the NAJC to ensure that the benefits realized from the Redress Agreement continue to benefit and enhance the development of the Japanese Canadian community and its members into the new millennium.
Deadlines for applications are March 31 by 2:30pm CST.
Community Renewal Fund
The purposes of the Community Renewal Fund are to provide community organizations with the ability to revitalize the Japanese Canadian community; to provide financial assistance to Full Member and Supporting Member organizations to cover the cost of capital projects, renovations, facility improvements, new or continuing programs, initiatives, events, and/or any related projects which will increase the capacity and sustainability of the organizations; and to increase the viability of organizations so they can focus on increased involvement in their volunteer base, greater youth engagement and retention and increasing their membership.
Community Development Fund
2018 is a significant year in the history of our community: the 30th anniversary of Redress. You are invited to submit proposals for the 2018 Community development fund to put forward projects that will memorialize the anniversary. Only one project will be approved by the NAJC for each Full and Supporting Member Organization and that the proposal must be signed by the President/Chair of the organization making the application.
Young Leaders Fund
The Young Leaders Committee of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is proud to manage the Young Leaders Fund to support youth across Canada, giving Japanese Canadian youth the opportunity to help realize projects and initiatives. Successful applicants can receive up to $,2000 for their projects or initiatives. Please see the Information for Applicants form for more details.
Canadian Japanese-Mennonite Scholarship
In 1984 MCC issued an apology, on behalf of Canadian Mennonites, to Canadian Japanese for abuse suffered during World War II. This scholarship is a symbol of cooperation between the two groups.
The $2,000 scholarship funds research on the protection of minority and human rights in Canada in order to reduce the potential for abuse of cultural minorities.
The National Association of Japanese Canadians and Mennonite Central Committee Canada co-sponsor the scholarship.
Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship
Valued at $10,000, this research scholarship will be awarded to a student who was enrolled full time at a Canadian University in the 2017-18 academic year. The successful applicant will join the Landscapes of Injustice research team in late April 2018, participating in its 2018 national Spring Institute, and then join the research team for the duration of the summer.
Art Miki National Leadership Award
The Art Miki National Leadership Award is given every two years to an individual who has shown leadership and who has done most for the strength and growth of the National Association of Japanese Canadians at both the local and the national level. It is a lasting acknowledgement to the pivotal role played by Art Miki in the Redress Settlement of 1988 with the Government of Canada as well as his continued advocacy for human rights for all Canadians. The Award – formally known as the NAJC National Award – is the highest award given by this organization.
Suzuka University Scholarship
The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and Suzuka University (SU) have established a scholarship program for university students to participate in a 4-month program of study at Suzuka University in Japan to improve their Japanese language proficiency and to experience Japanese culture and education. This opportunity will also strengthen NAJC relationships with Japan to develop greater understanding of Japan and for Japan to understand the Japanese Canadian history and culture.
Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award
The Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award is an award that honors the work and legacy of Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi of Edmonton. The award will be presented every two years in recognition of an individual or organization who has contributed to the development or promotion of human rights and equity in Canada. The first award was presented at the 2012 AGM.
Dr. Hirabayashi was a retired professor of sociology at the University of Alberta and a leading human rights activist and advocate of social justice in both the United States and Canada. He passed away on January 2, 2012 after an eleven year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.