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NAJC President’s Message – September 2019

by Lorene Oikawa September always holds strong memories for me including starting a new school year, meeting old and new friends, and new learning. This September we will be making more memories when the NAJC executive, representatives of NAJC member organizations, and members of the Japanese Canadian community will be heading out to San FranciscoContinue reading

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

NAJC President’s Message – August 2019

by Lorene Oikawa We had a flurry of media interest in the BC Redress process. For the most up-to-date information about the community consultation process please check our website najc.ca/bcredress We are still collecting input from our community until the end of August so please talk to your family and other Japanese Canadians to encourageContinue 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

District of Tofino Apologizes for 1947 Discriminatory Motion

REPORT ON THE APOLOGY ISSUED BY THE DISTRICT OF TOFINO Report submitted by Keiko Miki, NAJC Vice President and Chair of NAJC Human Rights Committee On May 28, 2019 Mayor Josie Osborne of the District of Tofino gave a public apology to the people impacted by the 1947 “Resolution Regarding Orientals”. It was rescinded inContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – June 2019

by Lorene Oikawa I am writing this message in Winnipeg where many events are taking place to mark the centenary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. It’s noted as a pivotal event for Canadian labour history, but it’s significant for all workers. About 35,000 workers went out on strike in May 1919 to support theContinue 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

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