NAJC President’s Message – April 2020

By Lorene Oikawa It’s only been a month since my last message, but it feels longer with the constant changes and news about the COVID-19 (Corona) pandemic. The NAJC National Executive Board (NEB) is urging everyone to follow the direction of our national and local public health authorities. More info at Canada.ca/coronavirus We can...

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NAJC President’s Message – March 2020

One of the messages I shared at Keirokai is the importance of sharing our stories. I urged everyone to document their family stories so they wouldn’t have regrets about missed opportunities. The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is committed to ensuring that the stories of Japanese Canadians are known and not forgotten....

Toronto NAJC Freedom Day Luncheon

FREEDOM DAY 2020 A LUNCHEON  On April 1, 1986 a celebration of “Freedom Day” was held at Toronto City Hall.  This event commemorated April 1, 1949, the day Canadian citizens of Japanese Ancestry attained the right to vote and the freedom to live anywhere in Canada. While Redress had not yet been achieved this celebration...

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NAJC Statement Regarding Wet’suwet’en Territory

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is alarmed by recent RCMP incursions into the sovereign and unceded territory of the Wet'suwet'en people. We affirm the right of the hereditary chiefs, who hold legal title to their land, to refuse to allow construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on their territory....

2020 NAJC Endowment Funds Information

The National Association of Japanese Canadians would like to remind everyone that the annual deadline for applying for one of our Endowment Fund grants (SEAD and Cultural Development Funds) is rapidly approaching (March 31, 2020 at 2 PM Central Daylight Time CDT) Application forms for the SEAD and Cultural Development Fund can be completed...

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Get Involved with your NAJC!

2020 may be the Year of the Rat, but it also signifies a year that will be chock full of activity for the NAJC! All positions on our National Executive Board will be up for election later this year, and a call for nominations will soon be issued.  Aside from those positions, there are...

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Landscapes of Injustice Teacher Field School

This July you can attend a two-week field school that includes a 1-week tour of internment sites in British Columbia and 1-week of intensive and interactive learning at the University of Victoria....

NAJC President’s Message – February 2020

This Year of the Rat sees the NAJC moving forward with great energy. We are continuing work on BC Redress to honour the 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were uprooted, dispossessed, and interned. We will be meeting with the BC government this month, and will have more to share....

NAJC President’s Message – January 2020

The NAJC National Executive Board wish all the best for you and your loved ones in this New Year, 2020. It’s the year of the rat, and according to legend, the rat’s intelligence, quick thinking and adaptability allowed it to become the first animal in the 12 year zodiac....

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