In 2015, we joined the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and became one of their umbrella organizations under the Supporting Member category. The NAJC is a non-profit incorporated community organization that represents the Japanese Canadian community. Its mission statement is “to promote and develop a strong Japanese Canadian identity and thereby strengthen local communities and the national organization. To strive for equal rights and liberties for all persons – in particular, the rights of racial and ethnic minorities”. It was felt that the national body of the NAJC may have some benefit to our organization in terms of support to resources.
Through the NAJC, we were awarded a $1000 Community Development Fund grant in 2015 and 2016. The 2015 project description was to complete website design and improve our social media presence. The 2016 project was to purchase happi coats. Thank you to the NAJC for making this website possible and for helping us to purchase the happi coats. Please see the picture of our happi coats below.
Thank you to the National Association of Japanese Canadians for generously donating $4000 from its Endowment Fund in 2016 to assist us in developing a Taiko Drumming Group. Two main drums have been purchased and we are just in the process of putting the raw hide on the practice drums. Brian Sugiyama and Yuho Okada are spearheading this project. More planning to happen very soon. Interested persons can contact email@example.com.
We are also pleased to announce that the National Association of Japanese Canadians has generously donated $4000 from its Community Renewal Fund to assist us in new and continuing program support. With these monies we have purchased a mochi machine, sports equipment, Canadian and Japanese flags, signs, karaoke music and microphones, handheld microphones, and also helped with facility rental and honoraria for our New Year’s entertainment. Many thanks to the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
Congratulations to our president Eiko Eby, for being elected to the National Executive Board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians. Eiko’s position is Director and her portfolio includes membership.
Check out their website. https://najc.ca/