2017 JCYLC a Great Success!!!

A huge thank you to all those who contributed to this year’s Young JC Leaders Conference! We had a wide variety of great conversations, thought provoking perspectives, and above all… a tonne of unforgettable fun!

Special thanks to Alex Miki for sharing a Comprehensive Overview of the Young Leaders perspectives. We’ll be posting more highlights and photos in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

A particular shout out to local Ottawa organizers Hugo Narumiya, Alex Okuda-Rayfuse, Mana Murata and Midori Kaga, and Young Leaders Committee members Alex Miki, Kiyomi Planidin, Ren Ito, and Jessica Kosonic!

A special thank you to the talented Kayla Isomura for her photography!


** Due to overwhelming interest with early-bird rates, registration is now closed for the 2017 Conference! **

Thanks for everyone’s support and enthusiasm! We look forward to seeing registrants in Ottawa/Gatineau in just a few weeks! Registrants will be receiving further information in the coming week or so.

We will share some of the key highlights in the days and weeks following the Conference, so stay tuned for those of who you didn’t get to attend! #2017JCYLC

Subsidies for 2017 JCYLC

Keen to attend the 2017 JCYLC, but can’t afford the high cost of travelling across our vast country?!

The NAJC Young Leaders Committee can help alleviate the cost of transportation, accommodations and registration for this year’s JCYLC! Apply ASAP for a subsidy!

Subsidy applications are now due Monday, August 21st.

Click HERE to apply for a subsidy.

UPDATE: Register for the 2017 JCYLC!

Register today for this year’s 2017 Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC), taking place in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec) on September 22-24, 2017. The JCYLC will be integrated into the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) Annual General Meeting & Conference (23-24 Sep) at the Canadian Museum of History, but we will also have young leaders-specific programming! More general info here.

Registration cost: $75 for under 30 year-olds (includes Gala dinner ticket!). This “early bird” deal is good until 31 August. REGISTER ASAP! Registration forms here: NAJC 2017 – Registration form

Program: (available here blue text denotes young leaders component of agenda) The theme of this year’s conferences is “Japanese Canadians: Past, Present and Future”, with plenty of opportunities for interesting and engaging discussions on a wide range of topics. More info on the conference program and themes here.

Subsidies are available to those requiring financial assistance. Click HERE for info!

We look forward to seeing you all in Ottawa this September!

**FUNDING OPPORTUNITY** Young Leaders Fund 2017


Are you between the ages of 13 and 39? Do you have an engaging idea or initiative in mind that aims to have a positive impact on young people in your local Japanese Canadian community?

The Young Leaders Committee is excited to open applications for this year’s Young Leaders Fund. Apply now for up to $2000 in grant money to support your project! You can find more details and the application forms here.

Submission deadline: 15 June 2017

Sponsor a Young Leader to attend the 2017 JCYLC!

2016 Calgary JCYLC Participants

Every year since 2012, Young Leaders from across Canada have traveled to NAJC Conferences or NAJC Young Leaders Conferences (JCYLC) to learn and grow as young leaders in their respective Japanese Canadian communities. Help a Young Leader cover a portion of their travel expenses to attend this year’s conference in Ottawa/Gatineau. You will receive a personal “thank you” message and photo signed by sponsored participants!

The suggested donation is $400. Please contact JC Young Leaders for more details on how to donate.

More details about sponsorship opportunities (e.g. $50 to treat a young leader to dinner, in-kind donations, etc.) available here: Sponsorship & Donations – Personal.

Thanks for your generous support!

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Ottawa JCYLC (22-24 September)

The Young Leaders Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC) will take place in the National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario and Quebec) on September 22-24, 2017. The JCYLC will be largely integrated into the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) Annual General Meeting (22 Sep) & Conference (23-24 Sep) at the Canadian Museum of History, but we will also have young leaders-specific programming!

Details on the 2017 Ottawa JCYLC here.

We look forward to seeing you all in Ottawa this September!

Marking the 6th Anniversary of Tōhoku Earthquake

Photo credit: Asahi Shimbun, Tetsuro Takehana

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami + nuclear disaster at Fukushima. The world’s thoughts and prayers were with Japan through that unimaginably difficult time. Asahi Shimbun reports six years later that 34,000 people in the region are still living in makeshift housing, despite steady infrastructure reconstruction efforts. Our sincere thoughts go out to those affected by the disasters. 

OPPORTUNITY: Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship ($10,000)

2017 Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship

Japanese Canadians relocated to camps in the BC interior. (National Archives of Canada)

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and the Landscapes of Injustice Partnership Project have announced the Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship valued at $10,000. Landscapes of Injustice is an exciting long-term project aiming to uncover and tell the history of the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

This research scholarship will be awarded to a student who was enrolled full time at a Canadian University in the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful applicant will join the Landscapes of Injustice research team in late April 2017, participating in its 2017 national Spring Institute, and then join the research team for the duration of the summer.

Please check out the Landscapes of Injustice page to find out more details about this exciting position, eligibility criteria, the application process, and contact information.

Application deadline: 31 March 2017 (4PM Pacific Time)

FUN FACT! Two previous Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship recipients were both participants of Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conferences! Read more about Nicole Yakashiro’s recent experience in her thoughtful reflection here. In her words: “Landscapes of Injustice is incredibly worthwhile and I strongly encourage students to apply for this year’s Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship – it is an exceptional opportunity.”