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The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) is a non-profit organization that builds communities, and advocates for social justice primarily for people in Canada of Japanese heritage, and their families. The GVJCCA is the publisher of The Bulletin/Geppo, a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.


It's not too late to join the fun and prizes. The 3rd annual GVJCCA Japanese Canadian Community Bowl-a-thon will take place on Sunday, February 19 at Rev’s Burnaby Bowling Centre, 5502 Lougheed Highway. It’s the same location as last year and participants found the location very convenient next to the Holdom Skytrain station and plenty of free parking. You will receive a parking pass when you check in at noon. Rev’s also has full food and bar service so you can grab some lunch and drinks while having some fun with your team. Cost covers two hours of bowling and shoe rental: $30 per individual and $180 for a team, maximum of 6. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. We will also be selling raffle tickets for even more prizes like a night in a luxury hotel, restaurant gift cards, and speciality food baskets. Register at check-in at noon 

The bowl-a-thon is a fundraiser, but it’s also an opportunity for members of the Japanese Canadian community and their families to come together and have some fun. We are raising funds to keep producing the high quality, monthly Bulletin magazine for the community. You can also help by collecting pledges for the GVJCCA or one of the other Japanese Canadian community groups who are participating in this community bowl-a-thon. We will have prizes for bowlers who collect the top pledges and also for the bowlers with the top scores. Links to the registration, pledge, and sponsorship forms are on this website, to the left and below the bowl-a-thon graphic on this page.


New date for the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association Annual General Meeting: Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 2pm

Tsubaki Room at Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC

If you would like an opportunity to connect with our vibrant community, preserve and share our Japanese Canadian history, and advocate for social justice, join us for this annual review of the activities of the GVJCCA, and learn about our plans for the year.


 

President’s Message – February 2017

I’m feeling the urge to knit. No, it’s not because of the freakish cold weather we’ve been having. It’s the amazing photos of women (and men) in pink pussy hats from around the world and in Vancouver, too. Last month’s Women’s March was a fabulous visual of the power we have when we join together. People of all ages were speaking out and waving placards against sexism and racism, and all the –ism behaviours that seek to divide us. The behaviours are not new, but with current events such as the US election of a president who demonstrates these behaviours, and racist flyers being distributed in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

It is also disturbing for Japanese Canadians who have experienced similar attacks targeting their ethnicity. 75 years ago, Canadians of Japanese ancestry were singled out. 22,000 children, women, and men, were forcibly removed from their homes, schools, and businesses, dispossessed, and incarcerated. It’s an important part of our Canadian history that must never be forgotten, and must be learned so that we do not repeat the historical injustices. It is even more important right now when we are facing forces that are agitating, and pitting worker against worker, and citizen against citizen.

The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association is continuing its work to preserve the history of our community, and promoting the lessons for today. We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the City of Surrey to produce a public event on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to share the stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. We are recognizing the 75th anniversary of the forced uprooting, dispossession, and incarceration of Canadians of Japanese ancestry.

We are inviting you to share your stories, experiences, and family histories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. Selected submissions will be published in The Bulletin and also on display in the week leading up to the May 20th event. This event will provide an opportunity for artists, poets, writers, musicians, and the community to come together to share and exemplify Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage. Surrey Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar will be helping us to host this event, and also present a mini session on using poetry to tell family stories.

The event will be documented to support life-long learning for the Japanese Canadian community, educators, and the public at large.

We will be looking at information in the City of Surrey archives and at the Nikkei National Museum. We will be hiring a researcher/writer who will access some of the information and help us to tell some of the stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. If you have the interest and the background in research and writing, and are available for this temporary assignment please check out our job posting in The Bulletin / Geppo and on our website, gvjcca.org

If you would like to submit a story and/or volunteer to help out at the May 20th event, please email gvjcca@gmail.com or phone 604.777.5222. More information will be posted on our website, and stay tuned for updates on other upcoming 75th anniversary events.

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Coming up this month is our 3rd annual GVJCCA Japanese Canadian Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 19 at Rev’s Burnaby Bowling Centre, 5502 Lougheed Highway. Check in at noon and enjoy the full food and bar service. Prizes awarded at 3 p.m.

The registration and pledge forms are on the gvjcca.org. Please register at check-in on Sunday, February 19. The funds we raise allow us to keep producing the high quality The Bulletin / Geppo magazine, and you can also collect pledges for the GVJCCA or one of the other Japanese Canadian community groups who are participating in the Community Bowl-a-thon.

Your Community Bowl-a-thon committee is busy organizing the event and collecting some fabulous prizes. We are looking forward to a fun afternoon for the whole family.

Thanks from your Community Bowl-a-thon committee and see you on February 19: Yuji Matson, June Nishi, Ken Nishi, Perry Nishihata, Lorene Oikawa, and April Shimizu.

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Advance notice that we will be again applying for a grant from the Canada Summer Jobs Program, and next month we will have three job postings for post-secondary students: Event Coordinator, Archival Assistant, and Communications Administrator. We will be starting the application process earlier this year in anticipation of receiving the grant, and to maximize the length of the summer positions. More information will be posted on our website gvjcca.org next month.

Women’s March & Pink Pussy Hats

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Publishing monthly since 1958, The Bulletin/Geppo is a bilingual English/Japanese journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.  EXPLORE


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The GVJCCA Human Rights Committee works with and supports the Japanese Canadian community, other human rights groups, and ethno-cultural organizations to promote human rights, and combat racism and discrimination, locally and internationally.  EXPLORE


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This bilingual Japanese/English Human Rights Guide is an online resource for those with questions surrounding rights and freedoms in Canada. EXPLORE


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Japanese Canadian Young Leaders (JCYL) Vancouver is a grassroots youth collective interested in the history, politics, arts, and culture of the Japanese Canadian community. EXPLORE

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