The National Association has put out a call for family stories to commemorate two anniversaries in 2022.

2022 is the 80th anniversary of the start of Internment in 1942. About 22,000 Japanese Canadians were forcibly uprooted, dispossessed, incarcerated, and exiled. This racist act lasted until 1949, four years after the Second World War ended.

This year is also the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). The National Japanese Canadian Citizens Association was formed to represent Japanese Canadians across Canada in 1947. The National JCCA changed its name to the National Association of Japanese Canadians in 1980.

These stories are an important part of Canadian history and not usually seen in textbooks and historical accounts. Most of us didn’t hear the stories when growing up. The NAJC is sharing these stories in our social media and here, on our website to commemorate these two anniversaries.

Share a few paragraphs (and a photo or two) about your memories or stories of your family in 1942 or before the uprooting. Also, we want to hear about your or your family’s participation in NAJC events or activities from 1947 to present.

Email your ideas, submissions or any questions to

Remembering Dick Nakamura

Joanne Nakamura Rollins shares her memories of her father, Dick Nakamura, who grew up on a strawberry farm in Surrey BC. Besides his community service, he also served the public services of Canada and British Columbia, and the Royal...


Terumi Kuwada Shares Her Family Story

Terumi Kuwada, a Past President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, shares her family story for the 80th Anniversary of Internment. As we reflect on the 80th Anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Internment, I think of my father,...


Connie Kadota shares her family story

We asked Connie Kadota, sansei, third generation Japanese Canadian, filmmaker, retired educator to share her family story for the 80th anniversary of Incarceration and 75th anniversary of the founding of the NAJC. Thinking about these two important anniversaries, I...


Terumi Kuwada Reflects on the 2022 Anniversaries for NAJC

National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) President Lorene Oikawa met up with Terumi Kuwada at the Museum of Surrey (MOS). The MOS current exhibit, Broken Promises, looks at the dispossession and resilience of Japanese Canadians. Terumi is one of...