• By developing a strong public voice and profile on human rights issues, with priority given to Canadian issues, group issues, and Aboriginal rights
  • By relating our own history to present injustices
  • By supporting groups still seeking resolution of historic wrongs
  • By supporting and resourcing a national Human Rights Committee with a proactive strategy and communications plan through active representation of NAJC views to the media and public by our Executive Director
  • By attendance of the chair of the national Human Rights Committee at all NAJC Council meetings
  • By monitoring incidents of racism and human rights violations
  • By educating the JC community and general public on human rights issues
  • By liaising with other organizations in the promotion of human rights
  • By making vigorous representation in the development of policy and legislation

Through more democratic structures and practices:

  • By facilitating networking opportunities within regions and between chapters
  • By supporting and resourcing electronic communication between the national executive committee members and committee chairs
  • Through active visitation of the Executive Director and President to local chapters to communicate the NAJC vision and purpose
  • Between established and post-war Nikkei communities
  • Between cultural centres and NAJC chapters
  • Between the NAJC and JC arts groups
  • Between the NAJC and other national organizations
  • Between the NAJC and relevant international organizations

Through history preservation:

  • By getting our history into the school classroom
  • By supporting JC art and culture
  • By recognizing and valuing diversity within our community
  • By developing strong leadership in youth
  • By including non-JC spouses/partners in our activities
  • By maintaining continuity with our heritage language and culture
  • At the national level
  • At the local level
  • By sponsoring and resourcing outreach initiatives at the local level
  • By providing technical assistance, knowledge and experience to support local activities
  • By promoting joint activities and events within and between chapters
  • By facilitating local bridge-building and mediation as requested
  • By encouraging initiatives/events that attract youth
  • By assisting locals to develop a varied program of activities with a wide range of appeal
  • By requiring funding applicants to have prior approval/support from their NAJC chapter

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Through membership, individuals and organization delegates are able to join the NAJC Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is hosted in a different Canadian city each year. At the AGM, Individual Members and delegates of Member Organizations are able to pass motions and vote. They are also able to nominate and second Committee candidates and National Executive Board candidates during an election year. Members are able to participate in discussions and projects which are of benefit to the Japanese Canadian community. Also, within the NAJC Human Rights mandate, they may become involved in initiatives supporting Aboriginal and other racial and ethnic minority communities in Canada.


$600/year For Non Profit Organizations or Associations

The cost of attending the AGM is subsidized by the NAJC, for one delegate of the Member Organization.
Voting privileges.

$100/year For Non Profit Organizations or Associations who wish to enjoy the benefits of affiliation

The cost of attending the AGM is not subsidized by the NAJC.
Voting privileges.

Adult (26+) $50.00/year

Senior (65+)/Youth (25 & under) $25.00/year

The cost of attending the AGM is not subsidized by the NAJC.
Voting privileges.

The NAJC is currently accepting Individual and Supporting Member applications. Please contact national@najc.ca if you wish to submit an application form.  Please do not send the fee until the Membership Committee has vetted your application.

To become a member your application form must be approved by the Membership Committee before payment can be accepted.

*Annual membership fees are subject to change.


Under the current umbrella of the national body, we have member organizations, supporting member organizations and individual members from all across Canada.


Calgary Japanese Community Association
2236-29th S.W.
Calgary, AB T3E 2H2
Phone: 403.242.4143
Fax: 403.250.9509
President: Joanne Planidin
Email: cjcamain@shaw.ca

CJCA Community & Seniors Foundation
2236-29th S.W.
Calgary, AB T3E 2H2
Phone: 403.242.4143
Fax: 403.250.9509

Edmonton Japanese Community Association
6750-88 Street
Edmonton, AB T6E 5H6
Phone: 780.466.8166
Fax: 780.465.8166
President: Yoko Azumaya
Email: office@ejca.org

Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge & Area
P.O. Box 721
Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z6
President: David Tanaka
Email: tanaka.david@gmail.com



Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association
160 Vernon Avenue
Kamloops, BC V2B 1L6
Contact: Brenda Sawada
Phone/Fax: 250.376.9629
Email: najc.Kamloops@telus.net


Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association
#249-6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
Phone: 604.777.5222
President: Lorene Oikawa
Email: gvjcca@gmail.com


Vernon Japanese Cultural Society
P.O. Box 566
Vernon, BC V1T 6M4
President: Rick Ogasawara
Email: najcvernon@gmail.com


Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
4401 Tremblay Drive
Victoria BC, V8N 4W6
President: Tsugio Kurushima
Email: info@vncs.ca



Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba Inc
180 McPhillips Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 2J9
Phone: 204.774.5909
Fax: 204.775.6029
Email: mjccc@shaw.ca
President: Art Miki


Hamilton Chapter of the NAJC
Box 60534, RPO
Mountain Plaza
661 Upper James Hamilton, ON L9C 7N7
Contact: Patti Simpson
Email: hamiltonnajc@gmail.com

Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association
West Thunder Community Centre
915 S. Edward Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6R2
Phone: 807.577.1946
Fax: 807.473.9055
President: Jane Eddington

Ottawa Japanese Community Association
Unit B-16, 2285 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON K1G 4Z4
Phone: 613.731.7939
Fax. 613.731.1369
President: Sachiko Okuda

Email: ojca_ojcc@yahoo.ca


Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Email: torontonajc@gmail.com


Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon
531 Grove Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 5J8
Phone: 867.393.2588
President: Fumi Torigai
E-mail: jcayukon@gmail.com

Supporting Member Organizations

Regina Japanese Canadian Club
Mailing address: 38 Plentywood Bay
Regina, SK S4R 7L4
Phone: 639.379-7577
President: Koreto Yamauchi
E-mail: rjcc.info@gmail.com


Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5E 4M7
Phone: 604-777-7000
Website: http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/

Contact: Sherri Kajiwara (Director-Curator)

Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Cultural Society
a.k.a. 7 Potatoes Society
55 White Eagle Terrace,
Nanaimo, BC V9S 3C5
Phone: 250.713.6099
President: Eiko Eby
Email: nanaimo7potatoes@gmail.com

National Association of Japanese Canadians, 180 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 2J9

Phone: (204) 943-2910 Fax: (888) 515-3192 Email: national@najc.ca

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