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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.


Tents at Bayfarm. Photo courtesy of Nikkei National Museum.

Tents at Bay Farm. Photo courtesy of Nikkei National Museum.

 

Speaking out about our collective concern about the short timeline for the nominations for Japanese Canadian historical places has been effective. On September 8, 2016, Heritage BC announced an extended deadline to November 30, 2016.

On July 7, 2016, the Province of BC announced a call for nominations for historically significant Japanese Canadian places in British Columbia to be officially recognized. The deadline was set for September 9, 2016. The NAJC and GVJCCA along with other Japanese Canadian groups and individuals were concerned and spoke up about the short timeline. We want to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to hear about the call and submit nominations. We have created a Facebook page, JC Sites BC, to provide a forum for discussion and sharing information about the nominations process. We have also set up a document so we can try to track nominations made and in progress. Seeing where there are gaps may encourage people to submit nominations and help each other so that important historical sites are not being missed. Please see the September edition of The Bulletin for more information and JC Sites BC on Facebook.

President Lorene Oikawa

President’s Message November 2016

I was putting the first tray of lemon meringue tarts into the oven when I glanced at my phone. There was a voice mail message. I checked it and it was from April Shimizu, one of the GVJCCA Board Directors. April is the amazing organizer of our volunteer appreciation party. Her message said that the power was out at Nikkei Centre, the location of our party. After a few text messages back and forth, we determined the party was going ahead.

Thankfully the BC storm did not knock out my power and I was able to complete my baking and then make my way to the party. The drive from Surrey to Burnaby wasn’t bad except for a few traffic lights which were out and I had to do some quick manoeuvering to get around some trees and other items blown by the wind onto the road. I can’t complain, because earlier in the day it took me over two hours to drive from Surrey to Vancouver.

When I got to Nikkei Centre, the garage and the building, and even the seniors’ home next door were in darkness. Our volunteer appreciation dinner was shifted to take place in the lobby. Tables and chairs were arranged. One of the volunteers, Carol Yamamoto, had bought some candles and supplies, and arranged the candles on each table. We appreciate Carol’s help. April had picked up the food, a delicious combination of sushi, karaage chicken, chow mein, calamari, sweet and sour, and other popular dishes. The GVJCCA board of directors contributed some desserts including manju, and I brought three dozen lemon meringue tarts. One of our long time salmon barbeque volunteers, Kathy Mukuyama, brought a delicious home-made chocolate cake.

We enjoyed some wonderful food and shared lots of laughs. We passed around a few borrowed flashlights and used the light on our smartphones to get around. Despite the lack of light, there was an abundance of good spirited conversations, and we felt the warmth wrap around us, just like a large family get together. It was a night we won’t forget. Thank you to all those who were able to get to us during the storm, and to all of our volunteers. We can’t do it without you.

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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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