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. 

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 Lorene Oikawa’s Message – September 2017

I’m scrolling through Facebook posts, and a photo catches my eye. My friend has posted a photo of crayons, from pale pink to dark brown, and each is marked “flesh.”

A great visual, and reminder that we are all human even though we may look different.

Unfortunately, it’s a lesson that is lost on some who want to push a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Jew, and anti-people of colour agenda.

We are getting used to the almost daily barrage of divisive tweets and statements from President Trump and his supporters. We sit back and say, only in America, and pat ourselves on the back for our multiculturalism in Canada.

We had a bit of a wake-up call in August when a group called the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) Canada organized a racist rally at Vancouver City Hall. An ad hoc group organized a counter rally, over 4,000 people showed up to send a strong message that Islamophobia and racism is not welcome.

There were five individuals who tried to engage the crowd in separate incidents and were arrested by the police, but the WCAI did not show up. Their facebook attendance appeared to be quite small, but racism is not limited to social media.

It was gratifying to see this overwhelming response and we do need to speak up when racist views are being promoted. I am also concerned that many consider showing up to a counter rally is all that is needed, and racism is vanquished.

I am a fourth generation Canadian, and I love my country. However, that is not to say we live in a country without blemish. For indigenous peoples, and people of colour (those who were born here, from multiple generation Canadian families, and new immigrants) the experience can be a world apart from your neighbour, friend, colleague, and in some cases your family.
Racism did not start with the election of President Trump, and it will not disappear when he is gone.

From dealing with racism in the workplace, schools, neighbourhoods to the people who are demanding a white Canada, and everything in between, that’s the usual experience of a person of colour. Indigenous peoples also experience discrimination, and also have to listen to settlers saying they were here first and immigrants don’t belong here. Fact check: Indigenous peoples were here before any settlers. Unless you’re indigenous, we’re all from settler backgrounds.

Using religion, immigration, attacks against Indigenous peoples or people of colour to divide people appears to be a common tactic by white supremacists and any group who wants to promote hate. We need to be wary of people who use hot button topics to create divisions in our communities. Let’s not get drawn into their games.

Allies can provide support by standing up to racism, and also check their privilege. We need all voices, and we need to support those who have been denied their voice. We also need to be careful that stories of a community are not being taken and used. For example, Japanese Canadian survivors of the incarceration should have the opportunity to tell their stories and be heard. Their stories must not be appropriated.

75 years ago, 22,000 innocent Canadian children, women, and men of Japanese ancestry were unfairly labelled “enemy aliens” and forcibly uprooted, dispossessed, and incarcerated. We must know our Canadian history and ensure the stories of Indigenous peoples and people of colour are included. And we must not let the historical injustices be repeated. There is no place for racism in the society we desire, one that is equitable, diverse and inclusive.

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