Remembering Gordon Kadota

by NAJC President Lorene Oikawa The NAJC received some very sad news from the Kadota family. Gordon Kadota, a former NAJC president, passed away on July 31, 2019. He had an amazing life, and if he was telling his story, he may have started with, “It’s a long story.” He was able to play aContinue reading

BC Redress

Over 60 years of racist legislation and discrimination in British Columbia (BC) culminated in the province’s critical role in the forced removal, internment, confiscation of property, and forced exile of 22,000 Japanese Canadians during 1942 to 1949. Recent research shows the BC government and its officials were complicit directly and indirectly in the unjust actionsContinue reading

NAJC SUPPORTS UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA FIELD SCHOOL

OUR GOAL FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION The NAJC has a mandate to publicly educate learners – of all ages – about our history which includes  forced uprooting & internment, dispossession & dispersal, and redress & renewal. Our goal is to ensure this history is taught in Canadian schools. We are open to support multiple initiatives on this topic. OneContinue reading

COPANI XX – Last Chance for Early Bird Registration

COPANI XX in San Francisco LAST CHANCE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION 20th Biennial Pan American Nikkei Convention SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019 This is your last chance to take advantage of the Early Registration Deadline for COPANI! Did you know that there are many Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) throughout the American continent?  Do you want toContinue reading

NAJC Response to Attacks on the New Zealand Mosques

The NAJC is shocked and saddened to learn about the recent terror attacks at the two mosques located in New Zealand. We express our deepest condolences to the victims of the attacks and their families and send our prayers to the survivors and community in New Zealand. We stand in solidarity with all those that strive for aContinue reading

Vancouver Asahi Heritage Minute

Ahead of the release, later this year, of Canada Post’s stamp to honour the Vancouver Asahi, Historica Canada is today releasing their latest Heritage Minute, also celebrating the storied baseball team. The production, by Vancouver-based Point Blank Creative, will be the first Heritage Minute to be issued in English, French, and Japanese. The Heritage MinuteContinue reading

COPANI 2019 – San Francisco

THE FUTURE IS HERE! The Most Important Nikkei Conference in the Americas September 20-22, 2019, San Francisco, USA copani.org The Conventions of the Association of Pan American Nikkei (COPANI) returns to North America for the first time since the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) last hosted the event in Vancouver in 2005. The conventionContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – November 2018

by Lorene Oikawa Last month, I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Kamloops community at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association (KJCA) 30thAnniversary of the Redress Agreement. Thank you to the KJCA, George Uyeda, and all the volunteers, for organizing the event which included a delicious dinner, entertainment, and a wonderful display onContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – October 2018

by Lorene Oikawa The 2018 NAJC AGM and Conference wrapped up the last weekend of September in Winnipeg. Participants from across the country left with a renewed commitment to continue our work on human rights, sharing the stories of Japanese Canadians, and strengthening our intergenerational and community collaborations. The conference theme, “Moving Forward After Injustice”Continue reading

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