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.

Happy Labour Day!

GVJCCA table at Nikkei Matsuri

We've been enjoying meeting up with GVJCCA members, and members of the public at our events and at festivals throughout the summer. Members like the convenience of renewing their membership in person, hearing about the recent work of the GVJCCA, and picking up a copy of our book, Honouring Our People. 

GVJCCA president Lorene Oikawa and new GVJCCA admin assistant Mitsuyo Okamoto were at the annual Nikkei Matsuri and spent some time talking about the projects we are working on.

Starting in September, Mitsuyo will be working at the GVJCCA office #249 on the second floor at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can drop by and renew your membership or buy a copy of Honouring Our People. 

You can also contact us by email gvjcca@gmail.com and by phone 604.777.5222 and via Canada Post, mail to GVJCCA 249 - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Thank you. 

Happy Labour Day!




Farewell and thank you to our 2017 Summer Students

Summer Students 2017

Farewell and thank you to our GVJCCA Summer Students for 2017

(l to r) Jessica Fletcher, Communications Administrator; Atieh Yekta, Event Coordinator; Joe Liao, Archival Assistant

It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming you. Thank you for your hard work, creativity, and dedication to make our annual BBQ musubi food booth and wild salmon barbecue, community booth, and all of our events and ongoing work a huge success.

Thank you, and best of luck with your studies. 


President’s Message June 2016

by Lorene Oikawa

I flip through the pages of the book and some quotes catch my eye.

“Mom worked tirelessly well into the wee hours of the night and we would all be fast asleep. In the winter she would ensure that there was enough wood in the heater to last till the morning.”

“Working below the highway by the lake I found a few matsutake. I went back the next day for another but it snowed during the night and I could not find anymore.”

“We weren’t told to dress warm. We weren’t told it was cold in the country.”

The quotes are from our new book, Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence. The book shares the stories of Japanese Canadian survivors who along with their families were forcibly removed from the west coast and incarcerated in 1942.

We heard some of the stories during three days in September, 2009, when survivors, their families and friends came together for the Honouring Our People: Stories of the Internment conference in Burnaby, BC. The conference paid tribute to the Japanese Canadians who experienced racism, alienation, betrayal, restrictions, uprooting and loss during and after WWII. We also acknowledged the resilience and perseverance shown by Japanese Canadians who not only endured, but often prospered after the war. We created a safe space for a dialogue between generations, and descendants of survivors had the opportunity to learn more about their family’s history.

Read more . . .

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    NAJC Statement – U.S. Election and Racist Acts in Canada

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Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence


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