2024 Conference – NORTHERN LIGHTS – in Edmonton

Dates and Venues

October 3(Th) to 6(Su), 2024 

Edmonton, Alberta
The University of Alberta, Other Edmonton Venues & On-Line


“Open Eyes, Open Minds, Open Hearts”

The National Association of Japanese Canadians
The Edmonton Japanese Community Association
The University of Alberta
The Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Conference Schedules

October 3rd

Pre-Conference Day – Hirabayashi Lecture Evening
Art DisplayBook of Distance


October 4th

Welcome, Introductions, Outline of the Day, Meals/Breaks, Sensitivity and Respect to Fellow Delegates
Human Rights Sessions
Young Leaders Session
anquet Dinner


October 5th

Japanese Canadians Cultural Day


9:00 – 9:30 am Opening session

Taiko Demo
Welcome by the Conference Chairs
Message from a guest

9:30 – 4:00 pm Workshops and Demonstrations

Kita no Taiko – Workshop
Kendo – Demo
Karate – Demo
Kyudo – Demo
Iaido – Demo & workshop
Calligraphy – Workshop
Tea Ceremony – Workshop (being investigated)
Taiyaki – Demo and tasting (being investigated)
Workshops – limited attendees & require registrations
Japanese games: Shogi, Go, Video games (Emily Walter, Oliver)

6:00 – 9:00 pm Izakaya Social Evening

Izakaya Style Food by Mikado (details in early July)
Food tickets purchased at the Conference registration.
Sake by Sakegami, Calgary (Details discussed) Cash Bar


October 6th

NAJC Capacity Building