National Association of Japanese Canadians

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The National Association of Japanese Canadians is a non-profit incorporated community organization in Canada that represents the Japanese Canadian community. Formed in 1947, the NAJC focuses on human rights and community development.

The NAJC successfully negotiated the historic Redress Settlement on behalf of all Japanese Canadians who suffered injustices at the hands of their own government during and after World War II when they were dispossessed, forcibly relocated and interned. On September 22, 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and NAJC President Art Miki signed the redress agreement acknowledging the wrongs committed against Japanese Canadians.

President’s Report September 2014 - On Indebtedness

by Ken Noma.

My term as President of the NAJC will come to an end at the Vancouver AGM being held on the September 20th weekend.  It has been an honour to serve as national President these past four years.  I wish to express my appreciation for the support that I have received from:  past presidents who have been generous with their advice; to the National Administrators in our Winnipeg office; to past and present colleagues on the National Executive Board for their vigilance in the performance of their duties; to the members of the Nikkei and larger community for their words of encouragement; to John Greenaway and the GVJCCA Bulletin for keeping us grounded to our Nikkei heritage.  Last but not least, I wish to thank all presidents and executive members of our fourteen member organization for creating the important programs that keep alive our cultural and historical traditions.  I acknowledge my debt to all.

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NAJC Young Leaders Conference

Friday, September 19th – Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Vancouver, B.C.

The Japanese Canadians Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC) is a space for Japanese Canadian (JC) young people to remember the past, recognize the present, and reimagine the future of the JC community! By prioritizing dialogue and empowering young people through workshops, heritage tours, panels, and trans-generational discussion, the JCYLC offers a unique opportunity for young Japanese Canadians to develop, inspire, and lead nikkei communities across the country! Register today!

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Nishga Girl Rededication Ceremony - August 20, 2014

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In the rebranded Museum of Canadian History, a blessing ceremony for the gillnet boat Nishga Girl was held on August 20th.  The boat, commissioned by Chief Harry Nyce, was built by the master builder Judo Tasaka.  In an act of reconciliation, the Museum has invited members of Chief Nyce’s family, the Tasaka family and the NAJC to participate.  Nishga Girl is currently in a temporary exhibit in the Southern Salon of the Museum and she will be moved into the main gallery when the Museum officially celebrates its new name in 2017.

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President’s Report July 2014

by Ken Noma

Warmer weather has finally arrived and many of you will be taking your well-deserved vacations. If possible, please use the opportunity to re-engage with our community by attending summer festivals or visiting historic and cultural sites of significance to our heritage.

Nikkei Pride
Although it was only a few months ago, the Sochi Olympics of February seems like a distant memory.

I was surprised to learn about the growing number of Nikkei competitors who took part in the Winter Olympic and Para-Olympics. They seemed to have exploded to the attention of the main-stream media this year.   The list of Nikkei athletes below was supplied by Kevin Okabe and although it may not be complete,I wanted to bring them to your attention (I would appreciate receiving names left out at: National@najc.ca).

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NAJC Heritage Tour Hawai'i

National Association of Japanese Canadians and Safeway Holidays present:
Ken Noma’s Hawai’i Heritage Tour
March 3-12, 2015
Big Island (Kailua-Kona & Hilo), Waikiki

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New Denver: Our Spiritual Furusato

New Denver needs our immediate support!

The Kyowakai Society of New Denver originally conceived and managed the former internment camp site that was officially opened in 1994. Due to the aging membership of the Kyowakai Society and declining volunteer pool, the Village of New Denver took over the management of the site; they being the legal owners of the site. This year marks the 20th anniversary and plans are underway for celebrations to take place on Saturday, August 9th in New Denver.

In my President’s Message of June 2011, I wrote the following comments about the New Denver Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC):

“…..two busloads of Nikkei (a large number being Nisei), took part in the May 1987 first internment camp tour organized by Reverend David Murata. The miles that we travelled allowed the Nisei to step forward and tell their stories over the bus PA system. I recall remarking to my seatmate—a Nisei lady—that coming from Ontario devoid of majestic mountains, of the majesty of the Rockies and the dark beauty of the surrounding forests. She said that the beauty of the landscape only amplified the ugliness of what happened to our community. Many of the camps have disappeared but the most memorable was the former camp in New Denver.

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December Message

On Forgiveness

On the evening of October 5th, I had the personal pleasure of being a speaker on a panel titled The Practice of Forgiveness: Questions and Challenges in Pursuit of Reconciliation and Justice. The other members of the panel were Donald Sanderson – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Toronto) who is also a member of the Cree (Opaskwayak) First Nations; Vera Schiff – Holocaust survivor and author; and Samantha Lawler- Forgiveness Project Story Contributor. The moderator was Cat Criger, Traditional Aboriginal Elder for the University of Toronto and a member of the Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh) of the Six Nations Iroquois. The topic was part of a series of panels on the over-arching topic of forgiveness organized by the Equity office of the University of Toronto. The role of forgiveness in the healing process has not been fully explored in our community.

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November message

September was an extremely busy month, so much so that it prevented me from submitting a report for the October issue of The Bulletin. Here is a summary of some of my activities:

NAJC AGM (September 20-21)
31 delegates and alternates from 13 of 14 member organizations attended the weekend annual general meeting held in Toronto. In addition, we hosted the second concurrent Young Leaders conference. Thanks to the Kobayashi clan for their help in organizing the excellent Friday evening hospitality room. Special thanks go to all those who took time away from their busy schedule to attend and their desire to continue to make the NAJC a viable organization. The 2014 AGM will be hosted in the city of Vancouver.  Continue reading November message

President's Message

  • President’s Report September 2014 – On Indebtedness
    President’s Report September 2014 – On Indebtedness

    by Ken Noma.

    My term as President of the NAJC will come to an end at the Vancouver AGM being held on the September 20th weekend. It has been an honour to serve as national President these past four years. I wish to express my appreciation for the support that I have received from: past [...] Read more →

National Association of Japanese Canadians Administrator Position

The National Association of Japanese Canadians is a national organization with a mandate to “promote and develop a strong Japanese Canadian identity thereby strengthening local communities and the national organization, and to strive for equal rights and liberties for all people, particularly racial and ethnic minorities”. The NAJC is seeking a candidate for the position of Administrator for the National Executive Office located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more....

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