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.

Join us for a fun afternoon of bowling at our 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 25.


Register by February 2nd for the early bird pricing. Click here for the registration form and information.

GVJCCA Bowl-a-thon 2017

Fun at GVJCCA 2017 Bowl-a-thon


GVJCCA 2018 Photo Contest

The Bulletin / Geppo around the World in 2018!

Take your copy of The Bulletin / Geppo with you on your travels and snap a photo of you and The Bulletin / Geppo. See below for the sample photo of the GVJCCA prez when she was in Japan. We'll publish some of our favourites during the year and one lucky person will win a prize for our favourite photo. Photos must be taken from January 1, 2018 to December 10, 2018, and must include and clearly show The Bulletin / Geppo. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) December 10, 2018. 

Click here for the fine print 

Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

On behalf of the GVJCCA Board, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

We hope you are enjoying your time with family and loved ones, and have the opportunity to sample the traditional foods associated with New Year's.

Osechi Ryori




Inari Sushi

Wrapping up 2017 and looking forward to 2018!


Legacy of Redress 2017 Photo by Ali Bordbar


GVJCCA CLiFF 2017 Film Festival


GVJCCA Prez loves musubi and wild salmon!


Free films & popcorn too!

GVJCCA 2017 Film Festival

Join us for free film and popcorn on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 101 - 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver. We will be screening three movies, The Vancouver Asahi, The Orange Story, and Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey.

More information here and on our Facebook page here.


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 October 2016

By Lorene Oikawa

And the award for outstanding volunteers goes to…

Our GVJCCA volunteers. Yes, we really appreciate you!

Thank you again for all your talents and time to support the GVJCCA including helping with the monthly mail out of The Bulletin Geppo magazine and translation, all your work at our annual wild salmon barbeque and musubi food booth, and our annual community bowl-a-thon. Your efforts make our events and our magazine very successful.

To show our appreciation, we would like to invite you, our volunteers, to an appreciation evening on Friday, October 14th from 7-9 p.m. at the Nikkei Centre, Room 105, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby. Please RSVP by October 10 to April at 604.421.36322 or email aprilshimizu@gmail.com

The board of directors and I are looking forward to meeting with you and catching up. We do have lots of news to share, and we won’t make you wait.

I am honoured to announce that I was elected Vice President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) at the 2016 AGM in Calgary in September. I am excited to be working with new NAJC President David Mitsui, and a very accomplished board including our own GVJCCA Board Director, Susanne Tabata, and GVJCCA Human Rights Committee member, Lisa Uyeda.

We will be furthering the aims of the national organization to strengthen our communities and work to eliminate racial discrimination. Next year is an important anniversary, it will be 75 years since Japanese Canadians were forcibly uprooted from the west coast, and unjustly incarcerated and dispossessed. We must continue to work on ensuring the historical injustice is remembered so that people learn and we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. When we see the news today, and hear some commentaries, you could be forgiven for thinking we have not made many advances towards equity and an inclusive society.

There is much work to be done, and I will also continue as President of the GVJCCA. The GVJCCA is a member organization of the NAJC, and the GVJCCA has an important role representing the historic homeland of Japanese Canadians. The NAJC is the only national organization representing Japanese Canadians, and negotiated the historic Redress agreement with the Government of Canada on behalf of all Canadians of Japanese ancestry who suffered injustice from the racist government policies during the Second World War. For more information about the NAJC, please see their website at www.najc.ca

The NAJC and GVJCCA have a history of defending the rights of people and expressing the concerns of our communities. 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. This is only the first step towards ensuring the contributions of Japanese Canadians are not forgotten and to help prevent anyone else’s suffering from racism and injustice. Please see the September edition of The Bulletin for more information and JC Sites BC on Facebook. [Links are posted on gvjcca.org]


Please join us for another GVJCCA Legacy of Redress Forum on October 15, 2-5 p.m., at Tonari Gumi. We will have special Muslim speakers who will share their perspective of being Muslim in Canada. Why did Japanese Canadians experience a horrible déjà vu after 9-1-1? Let’s have some conversations and discuss how we can work together for a safe, welcoming, inclusive society. See the event posting for more information.

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  • GVJCCA Film Festival
    GVJCCA Film Festival

    Please join us for the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association Film Festival. Saturday, November 25 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 42 W 8th Ave #101, Vancouver (Tonari Gumi) We will be showing three films which share the history of Japanese Canadians and Japanese Americans. The films include the feature Read more →

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