President’s Message, September 2010

On July 31, 2010, a very special ceremony was held in New Denver, commemorating the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, as a National Historic Site of Canada. Grace Thomson, Past President of the NAJC, who has been very active with the NIMC, represented the NAJC at the ceremony.

It is with great respect and pride that the NAJC acknowledges the tireless dedication of the Kyowakai Society which has been maintaining this centre for almost 70 years.
The NAJC extends heartfelt congratulations to the Kyowakai Society on this momentous occasion.  The Kyowakai Society will require on-going support to maintain the integrity of the Centre. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

It is up to us to ensure that this legacy continues in the future.

The 65th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima was observed in many places around the world on August 6, 2010. For the first time at the memorial in Hiroshima, a USA representative, Ambassador John Roos, attended the ceremony. In Winnipeg, people gathered at Memorial Park to remember the victims of the bombing, to advocate for nuclear disarmament and to work towards world peace. The keynote speaker was Bill Siksay, MP for Burnaby, who last fall introduced a private members bill to create a Federal Department of Peace. “The work of the Department shall be dedicated to peace-building and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace . . .” Imagine the possibilities!

The NAJC is having its Annual General Meeting, in Ottawa, Ontario, on  October 16-17, at the Embassy of Japan office on Sussex Drive. We thank  Ambassador Tsuneo Nishida and President Yumi Schoenhofer of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association for these arrangements. We look forward to the election of a new National Executive Board and lively discussions about future planning of the NAJC.

See you there!

Terumi Kuwada

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