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NAJC Delivers Report to BC Government

Japanese Canadians Deliver BC Government Essential Actions for Rebuilding Community following Historic Wrongs of Internment A delegation from the National Association of Japanese Canadians met with the BC Government on Friday, November 15 to hand-deliver a report recommending key actions to address the historic wrongs committed against Japanese Canadians. The report, Recommendations for Redressing HistoricalContinue reading

NAJC President’s Message – November 2019

I remember a grainy black and white photo of my uncle Buck in uniform in front of the cenotaph in Stanley Park with another soldier. The cenotaph would have been about 28 years old in that photo.

How Japanese Canadians Shaped the Constitution

The Toronto NAJC presents: How Japanese Canadians Shaped the Constitution How Japanese Canadians Shaped the Constitution Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30-8:30pm Alumni Hall 400, University of Toronto This past September 22 was the 31st Anniversary of Redress. Hurrah! In this spirit we invite you to attend a lecture “How Japanese Canadians Shaped the Constitution” by Dr. Eric Adams,Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – October 2019

COPANI XX was an opportunity to connect with Nikkei from other countries, learn about each other’s histories and current work, and also hear many great speakers. We were inspired by keynote speaker Norman Y. Mineta, a Japanese American who served as the Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and as the Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.

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 – 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 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

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