Statement on Black Lives Matter

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.”

Please read the full statement below:

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NAJC Zoom Chats

The following is an announcement from the NAJC.

We hope that you are all coping under the current COVID-19 pandemic. The National Association of Japanese Canadians has incorporated new, on-line programming in this environment and is happy to invite you to join in one of our on-line, virtual “Chat” sessions with some of our community members.

There are three chats scheduled, for which advance registration is required.

  • April 23 at 10pm and April 26 at 7pm: Chat with John Ota – Architectural writer/designer/historian John Ota will share some fascinating stories, beautiful photos, and highlights from his new book, The Kitchen.
  • April 24 at 7pm: Chat with Jeff Chiba Stearns – Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy nominated and Webby award-winning director and producer who has just launched his newest children’s book, Nori and His Delicious Dreams, which touches on food and culture.

Please visit the NAJC web site for full details.

COVID-19 Community Support Update

The OJCA is wishing you health, safety and wellness during this trying time and hope you are not facing too many difficulties.

If however, you are in need of help and community support for: grocery delivery; mental health and isolation; or any other issue you can now reach out to the OJCA via our new COVID-19 Outreach email:

help@ojca.ca

We will do our best to field your questions and concerns and connect you with community resources and volunteers who can help you!

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COVID-19 Community Update

Keeping our community members healthy and safe is of utmost importance to us. Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus we will be postponing any upcoming OJCA/OJCC activities in March/April, including our annual Bazaar. We will provide updates as things progress.

For now, we wish to provide you with information that will be useful to you during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Measures

We encourage everyone to follow advice from public health agencies.

The coming days and weeks may bring tough challenges. We hope that everyone takes care and stays healthy.

OJCA Speakers Series 2020: Minister Akira Imamura

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa.

Date/Time: Thursday February 27th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Place: The auditorium of the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa, 255 Sussex Dr.

You are cordially invited to attend the OJCA’s first Speaker Series lecture of the year featuring: Minister Akira Imamura, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Canada

Please join Minister Imamura and hear a lively presentation on current Japanese diplomacy and Japan-Canada relations. Discussion is encouraged, and Minister Imamura will draw upon a breadth of knowledge gained from his wide range of international postings and experience.

Topics to be covered include:
Japan’s National Security Strategy, the current state of Japan-Canada relations, future perspectives on strengthening Japan-Canada relations and Japan’s vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

Please R.S.V.P. to OJCA board member Matt Miwa by Wednesday February 26th: ojca.rsvp@gmail.com
Light refreshments will be provided care of the OJCA.

We look forward to seeing you there!

R.S.V.P.

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