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 now. Click here for the registration form and information. Deadline to register is February 16.

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. 

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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 Lorene Oikawa’s Message – December 2017

December is here in a blink of an eye.

2017 was another busy year, especially with our events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the internment of Canadians of Japanese ancestry.

We did our unique walking tour of the Powell Street area, sharing stories of workers and personal connections, including Grace Eiko Thomson’s recollections of growing up in the area, and the story of my grandfather who was one of the Vancouver Asahi baseball players.

In May, we discovered the stories of Japanese Canadian pioneers in Surrey, and through stories, a play, and poetry we learned about the perseverance, resilience, and hard work of our ancestors who settled in the area. The highlights of the event were documented in a short film which will be officially launched in Surrey in the new year.

Last month, we organized another Legacy of Redress forum, which has become an annual event to share the stories of our Japanese Canadian community, the stories of First Peoples, and the connections to what is happening today. We are creating safe spaces for dialogue so that we can plan on what action we need to take as individuals and groups to overcome the hate.

This year we were honoured to have speakers who shared openly and honestly the pain of what families endured. Mary Kitagawa shared how her father was taken away, and how the family survived the internment. Chief Leanne Joe / Sxwpilemaát Siyám shared the heartbreak of residential school. Itrath Syed shared the experience of Canadian Muslims who are being targeted like how the Japanese Canadians were targeted 75 years ago.

Racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and the divisive actions of some, are not new, and we need to know our history to prevent the mistakes of the past. The Canadian Muslim community is the most recent major target for some of the hateful actions from people who have been emboldened by the current US president and his government’s rhetoric. The hate did not start in the US, and it is not limited to south of the border, and it has become more visible lately. Our work in events such as our forum is one of the ways in which we can come together and collaborate to build the welcoming, inclusive society we desire.

Another way we are getting the message out is through the power of film. For the past few years, we have been working with the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) and hosting film screenings. This year for the 75th anniversary of internment, we were able to have an all Nikkei film festival. As you read in the last month’s Bulletin we screened the Vancouver Asahi, about the baseball team, The Orange Story, about Japanese American internment, and we previewed Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey, highlight our event earlier this year.

We are working with other cultural groups through initiatives such as Anniversaries of Change to work to end discrimination. We are continuing our work on Hasting Park 1942, by collaborating with teachers to develop a resource guide to be used with students, and researching names of detainees for an interpretive exhibit. We are working with other Japanese Canadian individuals and groups on initiatives such as the Legacy Committee, and the 75th Anniversary Sub-Committee which is working on signage for internment camp areas. And our work and the stories from our community are being reported in The Bulletin / Geppo.

In 2018, our work representing and working with the Japanese Canadian community, and initiating and coordinating events and programs will continue.  We are also looking for opportunities to highlight the 30th anniversary of Redress.

Thank you for your continued support and donations so we can continue our work. Also, special thanks to all of our volunteers who help us manage our growing workload.

On behalf of the GVJCCA Board, I wish you and yours the best of the holiday season. We hope that 2018 will bring you good health, happiness, and opportunities to create wonderful memories with your loved ones.


January is fast approaching with our annual New Year’s celebration with our Japanese Canadian seniors at Keirokai, on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Please mark your calendar, and check our events section on the GVJCCA website for more information. Also, another important event to note on your calendar is our annual Community Bowl-a-thon which we are planning for Sunday, February 25. Stay tuned for more details.


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