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 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.

Mochitsuki 2018

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Place: St. Anthony’s Soccer Club (523 St. Anthony St. Preston & Queensway)


  • Members: $3.00
  • Non-members: $6.00
  • Seniors and Students: $3.00
  • Children under 12: free


  • Mochi
  • Udon
  • Sekihan
  • Boxed Sushi
  • Daifuku (mochi manju)
  • Juice, Soft Drinks and Bottled Water
  • Green Tea


  • 1:00 – KDC Children’s Hiphop and Jazz Dance
  • 1:15 – Oto-Wa Taiko and Dagaku
  • 1:50 – Emi-no-kai odori
  • 2:20 – Door prize draws
  • 2:30 – Minyo-kai folk dancing

OJCC Craft sale on main floor; Used Goods Sale on second floor.

Advance Orders

To avoid the long lineups, you can pre-order now by E-mailing Orders will be taken until Friday, November 30.

Orders should include: Your name, phone number, email address, number of plates ordered.

The price is 8 dollars a plate that contains 6 pieces of frozen mochi. Please pay by cash when you receive your order on the event day at a designated pre-order pickup table. It is appreciated if you bring exact change.

Note: On the event day, please pick up your order before 2:00pm. After 2:00 pm all frozen mochi will no longer be considered reserved, and may be sold to anyone.

Used Goods Sale

You are cordially invited to the annual Mochitsuki Used goods sale and/or to participate by contributing items to sell. Please be informed that all proceeds go to the operation fund for the OJCC. We would appreciate it if you could kindly deliver all donating items from your home to the 2nd floor of the event hall on the event day between 11:00am and 1:00pm . If any assistance is required, please contact the address below.

Notice the following rules applied to all donating items:

  • Donations can be household items, toys, books, cloths, kitchenware, ornaments, knick-knacks etc. They do not have to be Japanese goods or Japan related products although they will be much appreciated.
  • All items must be usable and clean. Clothing must be washed or dry-clean before the sale. Electronic items must be operable condition.
  • Any used medicine, cosmetics, broken machinery, and unsanitary items will NOT be accepted as sales items.
  • If the donated goods are not in fair condition, they may be rejected or discarded immediately.
  • All proceeds are considered as donations. No money or other value will be returned to contributors.
  • At the end of the event, all unsold items will be donated to the Ottawa Salvation Army or equivalent rescue organization, unless otherwise informed or retrieved by owners. If an owner of items prefers to retrieve unsold items at the end of the event, s/he should notify the organizer before dropping off and take responsibility for retrieving the items.

Buyers’ responsibility: ALL Sales are FINAL at this sale. Neither refund nor exchange after the event day will be arranged. Buyers must make sure to check the working condition of your item at the site and that all goods are satisfactory for you before purchasing.

Your support is greatly appreciated. This is a good opportunity to reuse/recycle and have fun. If you have any questions/comments, please contact us below. Looking forward to your participation!

Organizer of OJCC Used goods sale
Kyoko Tsunetomi