Flower Arrangement Workshop

For Christmas and New Year’s with Keiko

Date/Time: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Japanese Cultural Center, Unit B16 2285 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa
Cost: $35, payable at the class. A portion of the class fee will be donated to the OJCC .

Please register early as class size is limited due to space.

Reserve a spot by November 5th, by contacting Keiko at salonkottawa@gmail.com.

Please bring a pair of small garden scissors.

How Japanese Canadians Shaped the Constitution

The following event is taking place in Toronto.


This past September 22^nd was the 31st Anniversary of Redress. Hurrah! In this spirit we invite you to attend a lecture “How Japanese Canadians Shaped the Constitution” by Dr. Eric Adams, Professor of Law, University of Alberta on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Don’t wait to save your seat at Alumni Hall 400, University of Toronto, 121 St. Joseph Street (corner Queen’s Park) as we are already near to half of our target and will soon release tickets to the general public.

Like the classic works on Japanese Canadian history; “The Enemy That Never Was” by Ken Adachi and the “Politics of Racism” by Ann Gomer Sunahara, this lecture is a game-changer for Japanese Canadians. Whether you need to be convinced of the rationale for B.C. Redress or you would like to be better informed of JC history you will learn much about how the old boys legal and political network of British Columbia was stacked against those with the courage to assert the rights of Japanese Canadians citizens.

Dr. Adams will be introduced by Justice Maryka Omatsu, Co-chair of the BC Redress Steering Committee.

Tickets $5.00; Complimentary for Toronto NAJC members, but you must reserve a ticket.

Please refer to the Toronto NAJC site for further information.

OJCA Speaker Series: Brigadier-General Steve Moritsugu

The OJCA is holding a talk in their Speaker Series featuring Brigadier-General Steve Moritsugu speaking about “Leadership Lessons for Life”. You may recall that Steve was a panelist at the 2017 NAJC Conference & AGM, discussing Japanese-Canadian identity. He is returning to talk about leadership lessons that he has learned in his 36 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Steve was presented with the insignia of Officer of the Order of Military Merit by Governor-General Julie Payette in November 2017.

Date/Time: Tues. May 28, 2019, 7:30-9:30 pm
Place: McNabb Community Centre, Assembly Hall, 180 Percy St., Ottawa
Cost: Free for OJCA-OJCC members; $5 for non-members.
Register: Eventbrite

Tickets are limited so we strongly recommend getting yours now. You must register to attend the event. For registration and tickets, please go to Eventbrite.

Questions? Contact Karen Shigeishi-Waite at karen.shigeishiwaite@gmail.com or 613-297-6653.

About “Leadership Lessons for Life”

How do you motivate people to do things they might not like doing? How do you identify someone who is helpful versus an enabler? Can you really learn from your mistakes? What should you do if you are being badly led?

These are some questions that Brigadier-General Steve Moritsugu has tackled in his 36 year career in the Canadian Armed Forces. They are questions that are relevant not only to a commander in the military, but for any leader or future leader, in any sector and of any size of group.

Moritsugu is a passionate mentor and believes in “working together, and sharing information and experience”. He wishes to provide leaders with “every opportunity to reach out and learn from people who have ‘been there and done that.’” Come listen and learn from his experience.

Asian Heritage Month Reception

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Place: Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street, Room 330
Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration

The event features a screening of “Swimming Upstream” and dialogue with Justice Maryka Omatsu on British Columbia’s Redress Campaign for Japanese-Canadians.

Co-hosted by Senators Lillian Eva Dyck, Yonah Martin, Victor Oh, Yuen Pau Woo, Marilou McPhedran, MP Jenny Kwan, the Ottawa Japanese Community Association, Canada Japan Society of Ottawa, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Asian Law Students Society, County of Carleton Law Association Diversity Committee, and Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.