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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

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 President’s Message – April 2019

 By Lorene Oikawa  I was at the March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination event in Vancouver. It was very appropriate that it was on this day, on behalf of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), I signed the agreement with the BC government for the funding of the BC RedressContinue 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

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 – February 2019

by Lorene Oikawa By the time you read this, we will know if Wiarton Willie (Wiarton, Ontario), Shubenacadie Sam (Nova Scotia) or Fred la marmotte (Quebec) have seen their shadow on February 2, Groundhog Day. If they do then we are told we will have six more weeks of winter and if they don’t thenContinue reading

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