While Asian Heritage Month is over, there is still a continuing need for dialogue beyond the month of festivities. It’s important that we continue to ensure that the broader Asian community can come together and support one another.
It is empowering for Japanese Canadians to be learning more through other communities. These are important networks to build and strengthen.
For the past 42 years, friends and family of the Japanese Canadian community in Ottawa have gathered at the OJCA-OJCC Mochitsuki to celebrate the upcoming New Year with food, activities and performances from local talent. Unfortunately, we must officially announce the cancellation of this year’s Mochitsuki due to the current COVID-19 situation.
We look forward to celebrating together with you next year! In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page for fun holiday-themed content.
The OJCA supports the call for an end to the violence against Black people, as well as all racialized and Indigenous peoples. As a member organization of the NAJC, we echo their statement:
“We protest the racism experienced by Black Canadians and Americans which has all too often included their deaths at the hands of law enforcement. We question how this could happen especially in their homes, and jogging and driving in their neighbourhoods. We need to understand and check our privilege. We need to learn more about the history of our country and the challenges faced by Black Canadians. We need to have the hard conversations to do better at home, at schools, at our workplaces, and in our communities.”