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.

Honour. Remember. Respect.

Remembrance Day 2017 at the Japanese Canadian cenotaph in Stanley Park

The rain stopped. The large crowd at the Japanese Canadian cenotaph in Stanley Park gathered to pay their respects to the Japanese Canadians who served Canada starting with World War One. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge during World War One. 

Remembering the Japanese Canadians who served Canada since World War One.

Sharing the images and stories of the Japanese Canadians who served Canada.

Photos: Lorene Oikawa

More photos posted on our Facebook page here.

Remembering the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students

Families of 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students and one 1942 student. GVJCCA President Lorene Oikawa (red jacket) representing her Uncle Ted Harada.

Photo: Gilbert Akham

It is the 5th anniversary of the Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC students who were expelled in 1942. It's also the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians. UBC hosted a Day of Learning where we remembered the students, discussed how we may learn and never repeat the injustice. Also, a revised yearbook, A Degree of Justice, for the 1942 students was launched.GVJCCA is pleased to have provided support. Thank you to the initiative of Tosh and Mary Kitagawa who spearheaded the campaign to have the students honoured.



Photos: Lorene Oikawa

1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students Yearbook, A Degree of Justice 

Mary Kitagawa and how she started the campaign to honour the 1942 UBC Students.

More photos posted on our Facebook page here.

Giving Thanks to Our Wonderful GVJCCA Volunteers!

GVJCCA Volunteers at Appreciation Party

We had a fun luncheon with some of our Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association volunteers. We enjoyed good conversations, delicious food, and prizes. Our volunteers are such caring, dedicated people. Some have been our volunteers for years, coming back to help every year with our initiatives such as our annual salmon BBQ. Our volunteers help us so we can continue our important work for the community.We are giving thanks this weekend including a BIG thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you Shag Ando for the delicious salmon!

Some of our wonderful JCCA volunteers!

Delectable desserts following a scrumptious lunch.

Sushi for JCCA Volunteers

Karaage Chicken for JCCA Volunteers

If you're interested in developing your skills, supporting the important work of the GVJCCA, and learning more about the Japanese Canadian community, consider volunteering with us. For more information, contact us by email gvjcca@gmail.com or by phone 604.777.5222. Send us your resume and a letter outlining your experience, skills, and why you're interested in volunteering with us. Send your information "Attention: Lorene Oikawa, President" to gvjcca@gmail.com or by Canada Post, mail to GVJCCA 249 - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Thank you. 

President’s Message August 2016

by Lorene Oikawa

Long summer days mean feasting on the local crops of fruit and vegetables. I’ve been enjoying blueberries and am hoping to get out to a local farm for some blackberries, sweet corn, and maybe some late strawberries. It’s also about this time of year when I start to experience intense cravings for fresh grilled, wild, salmon and musubi (grilled SPAM – fried pork with soy sauce and honey that tastes a little sweet and salty on top of rice, and wrapped with nori. Isn’t your mouth watering?). I hope you get a chance to try our comfort food at our annual GVJCCA wild salmon barbeque and food booth at Powell Street Festival on July 30 and 31. If you drop by to say hi at our food booth and our community booth, my apologies if you catch me with my mouth full. Mmmmm…

Thank you for supporting us at our wild salmon barbeque. It’s a major fundraiser for us, and we can’t thank you enough, and to all of our amazing volunteers and donors. Eat great food and support the work of the GVJCCA. It’s a wonderful way to spend a couple days of
your summer.

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Powell Street Festival and congratulations to the Powell Street Festival Society for their longevity and organizing an event that celebrates our Japanese Canadian culture and history in the area. It’s important to know and remember the history of our Japanese Canadian community. It’s about respecting previous generations, and understanding the true history of our country, and it’s also about the relevance to today’s society.

As one of my colleagues was leaving work for the day, she said she was almost afraid to watch the news tonight, wondering if there would be more events highlighting the hate and violence in the world. One thing that links so many of the events is the hate targeting people based on discrimination and racism. Also, the response to the events is very disturbing. Violence does not stop the violence.

Japanese Canadians continue to be shocked to see the constant targeting of Muslims, who are labelled terrorists just as Japanese Canadians were once labelled enemy aliens. I have had quite a few conversations about the work of the GVJCCA and the history of the incarceration of Japanese Canadians. What is missing in our society are the lessons of history.

The British Columbia Ministry of International Trade and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently announced that they “are seeking nominations from the public for historic places in British Columbia that they believe are significant or important to the history and development of the Japanese community in B.C. From the sites nominated a selection of historic places will be officially recognized by the Government of British Columbia and placed on both the B.C. Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places (www.historicplaces.ca).”

We encourage members of the Japanese Canadian community to make sure their voice is being heard and to nominate a place that is significant to our community. Japanese Canadians have been a part of British Columbia since the 1800s and our history is part of the history of this province and must be recognized.

The deadline for nominations is September 9, 2016, and you must complete the online form to nominate a place.

It’s a step forward and there is more work to be done.

Read more . . .

Recent News

  • GVJCCA Legacy of Redress Forum on Novermber 19
    GVJCCA Legacy of Redress Forum on Novermber 19

      Greater Vancouver JCCA Legacy of Redress Forum Sun, Nov 19, 2017 from 2 to 4:30 pm Peter Kaye Room, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street 75 years ago, 22,000 Canadians of Japanese ancestry were labelled enemy aliens, and forcibly removed from the BC coast in 1942. Join Read more →

  • Annual GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ, Musubi Food Booth, and Community Photo Booth
    Annual GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ, Musubi Food Booth, and Community Photo Booth

    Join us at our annual GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ & Musubi SPAM Sushi Booth, and our Community Photo Booth at the 41st Powell Street Festival. You can enjoy a delicious fresh salmon dinner with rice and salad, and Musubi (sweet and salty grilled pork on sushi rice and wrapped with Read more →

  • JCCA Keirokai – January 21, 2017
    JCCA Keirokai – January 21, 2017

    JCCA Keirokai is our annual celebration to respect our elders. “Kei” is Japanese for honour or respect and “ro” refers to elders, and this annual event is our way to pay tribute to the seniors in our community. Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 1 to 4 p.m. Nikkei Centre, 6688 Read more →

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Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence


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