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.
April 14, 2013
The Honourable Julian Fantino
Minister of International Cooperation
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A0A6
Dear Minister Fantino:
Re: CIDA merger with Foreign Affairs and International Development
The National Association of Japanese Canadians would like to express its support of the government’s recent announcement to maintaining its commitment to international development and humanitarian support.
With the recent merger of Canadian International Development Agency with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, we are concerned that this will shift international aid to those projects tied to the pursuit of economic opportunities for Canadian businesses, which may not necessarily be in the best interests of communities that are supposed to benefit from the aid.
On December 1, 2012, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at Hastings Park in Vancouver. To read a full article on this event, click HERE.
National Association of Japanese Canadians
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* Hot springs, Exquisite cuisine, historic architecture, Mt. Fuji, marvelous landscapes, coastal scenery, traditional crafts.
* Luxurious hotels
* Guided exploration by local professional tour guides.
* Visits to: Tokyo, Kamakura, Odawara, Atami and Hakone.
* Free 2 days at leisure to explore on your own with information provided or take option tour to visit Nikko heritage site.
* Walking tour to Edo Kagurazaka
Cost: land only $2,152 based on shared accommodation.
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On this, the 25th Anniversary of Reddress, the National Association of Japanese Canadians has created a Sustaining Fund to fund the activities of the NAJC going forward. Thank you for your support.
A Need for Vigilance
by Art Miki
This year, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese Canadian redress settlement, it is a time to reflect on the achievements of NAJC and what the future holds for us. In achieving redress, the NAJC demonstrated that perseverance and faith in our democratic system finally led to the achievement of redress and reinforced Canada’s commitment to human rights. Our redress agreement became a precedent for the Canadian government to deal with and apologize for other past injustices such as the Chinese head tax, the Ukrainian internment and Indian residential schools.
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January 4, 2013
To: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Prime Minister’s Office
Re: Idle no more
The National Association of Japanese Canadians is pleased to hear that you will be meeting with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence; National Chief Shawn Atleo and other chiefs on January 11, 2013. At this meeting I urge you to engage in open and meaningful dialogue to discuss concrete commitments and the preservation and fulfillment of Treaty rights. If Canada wishes to remain an international exemplar of human rights justice, we must demonstrate the importance of consultation with and incorporation of the views of Aboriginal leaders and their communities in all matters of national policy.
We oppose Bill C-45 because of the lack of consultation with Aboriginal peoples on the changes to the Indian Act, and other legislation affecting waterways, reserve lands, and education. These legislative changes will have a profoundly negative impact on the rights of Aboriginal peoples, and non-Aboriginal Canadians alike.
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