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Dear Community Member, 

Whether you have been a part of redress conversations from the beginning, or are joining for the first time, welcome. 

This website is intended to provide you with: a source for updates on the currently unfolding BC Redress process, an understanding of what the community is asking for from the BC Government, a map of how we arrived at this point (both contemporary and historical timelines), and additional resources should you wish to do further reading. 

We are working to deliver a comprehensive package that is true to our community’s expressed expectations for BC Redress, and that delivers concrete benefits for our remaining survivors while many of them are still with us.

In seeking redress for its communities, the NAJC acknowledges with respect the on-going struggle of Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada. We stand with the survivors and families of all children who were in residential schools. We need to heed the Calls to Action from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

Photo courtesy of Susanne Tabata

Please check back often, we will update this site as the BC Redress process unfolds over the coming months. Ultimately, BC Redress belongs to you, and we are grateful for your input, and for your support.

– Sincerely, Susanne Tabata, BC Redress Project Director & Spokesperson, National Association of Japanese Canadians

BC Redress News

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Survivors Health & Wellness Fund Grant Information

The Province of BC has provided Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society (Nikkei Seniors) with $2 million as part of their commitment to honour seniors who lived through the traumatic uprooting and displacement of almost 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The Province of BC is acknowledging the role they played in the historical wrongs committed against the Japanese Canadian community during the period between 1942 and April 1, 1949. The grant came out of the efforts of the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ (NAJC) BC Redress initiative.

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Survivors Health & Wellness Fund Criteria and Information Sessions

Our team has been contacting many survivors, small groups, and community organizations, across the country to get a sense of the needs of our seniors’ populations.  We have learned that there are a number of active survivors involved in wellness activities run by sub-groups of community organizations.  We have also learned there are a large number of frail survivors trying to live safely who are supported  by family and friends for the activities of daily living. Some of these seniors have no supports. This group is largely underserved and there is a need for more community supports and health care services for these frail seniors.

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Committees and Organizations

BC Redress Negotiations Committee: Susanne Tabata, Lorene Oikawa, Paul Kariya; with Art Miki & Maryka Omatsu as Honorary Co-Chairs 

NAJC National Executive Board: Lorene Oikawa (President & Chair, Endowment Funds Committee), Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi (Vice President & Chair, Human Rights Committee), Les Kojima (Treasurer, Chair, Audit & Review Committee, & Chair, Anglican Healing Fund Committee), Naomi Katsumi (Secretary), Maryka Omatsu (Director & Chair, Constitution and By-Laws), Stéphane Hamade (Director & Chair, Young Leaders), Susanne Tabata (Director, Chair, Arts Culture Education Committee & Project Director, BC Redress)

NAJC Administrative Staff: Kevin Okabe, NAJC Executive Director, & Karina Uehara, National Administrator 

Leaders of NAJC organizations

British Columbia
Judy Hanazawa GVJCCA
Rick Ogasawara Vernon Japanese Cultural Society
Brenda Sawada Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association
Tsugio Kurushima Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
Tami Hirasawa Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Cultural Society
Sherri Kajiwara Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Teresa Tremaine Village of New Denver Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre
 
Yukon
Yoko Oda Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon
Alberta
Paul Fujishige Edmonton Japanese Community Association
Roger Teshima Calgary Japanese Community Association
Deanna Oye Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge & Area

Saskatchewan
Michael Kobayashi Regina Japanese Cultural Club

Manitoba
Kelly Kaita Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba Inc.

Ontario
Lynn Kobayashi Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC
Melisa Kamibayashi Ottawa Japanese Community Association
Terry Tsubouchi Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association
Patricia Hirasawa Simpson Hamilton Chapter of the NAJC
Kiyoshi Dembo JAMSNET Japanese Medical Support Network in Canada

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