Japanese Canadians Respond to Maxime Bernier – September 26, 2019

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is deeply disturbed by the recent video posted by the People’s Party of Canada Facebook page on September 23rd, 2019. In this post. Maxime Bernier expresses his proposal to end official Multiculturalism in Canada. He states that “in the past, immigrants who came to Canada readily integrated intoContinue reading

NAJC statement re: offensive photos of Prime Minister

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) has become aware of offensive media that have recently surfaced of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While these images are disturbing and concerning to the NAJC, there are much broader issues regarding racism and discrimination in Canada that deserve close attention, scrutiny and examination by Canadian society. Even today,Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – July 2019

by Lorene Oikawa I hope you have plans to enjoy the many events and festivals happening this summer and also include a bit of rest, too. If you haven’t participated in a BC Redress community consultation, there are more in-person and virtual meetings taking place in July. Please go to our webpage najc.ca/bcredress for theContinue reading

NAJC BC Redress Consultation Update

NAJC Announces the Scheduling of Online and In-Person Consultations on BC Redress The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) consultations on BC Redress, funded by the Province of British Columbia, is now in full swing. Three consultations have now been held, and ten more consultations have now been scheduled throughout British Columbia and across Canada.Continue reading

NAJC Response to the Sri Lankan Bombings

Once again the world is shaken by the news of another series of bombings, this time in Sri Lanka. Our hearts and minds are solemn as we grieve for the victims of the attacks and we condemn the senseless acts of violence that constantly seem to occur. We call upon today’s society to show greaterContinue reading

Introducing our 2019 JCYL National Ambassadors!

The NAJC Young Leaders Committee is excited to announce our Japanese Canadian Young Leaders National Ambassadors who will be attending COPANI XX in San Francisco this fall. To help support our National Ambassadors, donations can be made to youngleaders@najc.ca Jun Cura-Bongolanis a Nikkei Canadian of Japanese-Filipino heritage. Born and raised in Toronto, he has worked andContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – March 2019

by Lorene Oikawa If you didn’t see last month’s launch of the Heritage Minute about the Vancouver Asahi baseball team, you can still see it on the NAJC Facebook page and also on the Historica Canada website. The Asahi story is an important piece of Canadian history. The story is about the racism faced byContinue 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 – January 2019

by Lorene Oikawa Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます  We hope you had some relaxing times, ate good food, and enjoyed the company of family, friends, and yourself for a little self-care. We wish you happiness, good health, and prosperity in 2019. As a yonsei – fourth generation Japanese Canadian – I grew upContinue reading

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