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**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.”

OPPORTUNITY: Suzuka University Scholarship Program

Are you a university student of 18 years or older? Studying Japanese Language at a level 3 or higher? Interested in Japan and Japanese Canadian history, culture, and education?!

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and Suzuka University (SU) are proud to have established a scholarship program for university students to participate in a 4-month program of study at Suzuka University in Japan to improve their Japanese language proficiency and to experience Japanese culture and education. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please visit the NAJC’s website here.

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Read about 2016 NAJC Suzuka Scholarship Winner Anne Shaw and take a look at her Facebook page.

Note: Suzuka International University was established in 1994 and has courses focused on international studies, including multi-cultural studies and business management. More info here.

New NAJC Young Leaders Committee Chair – Bryan Tomlinson

Last fall, the NAJC Young Leaders Committee sought recruits for new committee members as well as a new Chair. Bryan Tomlinson (a yonsei originally from Vancouver, currently working/residing in Ottawa) was elected as Chair, and was confirmed in December 2016. Bryan is honoured to take on the role as Chair of the Young Leaders Committee, and as a Director on the National Executive Board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

Bryan looks forward to working with the rest of the Committee on the planning for this year’s Young Leaders Conference, managing the Young Leaders Fund, and coordinating other advocacy work across the Japanese Canadian communities in Canada.

A special thanks to Lisa Schoenhofer for all her amazing work for the Young Leaders Committee and for making the Young Leaders Conferences possible!

Stay tuned for more updates about new Committee Members!

Join the Young Leaders Committee!

The Young Leaders Committee is recruiting committee members as well as looking for a new Chair, starting fall of 2016.

The Chair will be a Director on the Executive Board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact us –


Registration form for the 2016 JCYLC is live!

The conference will take place in Calgary, Alberta from September 9-11, 2016.

Please click the link below to register for the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference.

2016 JCYLC Registration Form

For hotel room reservations please click the following link: Hotel Room Reservations


Agenda: This year’s conference will include more inter-generational programming, as the JCYLC attendees will participate in the NAJC Conference on Saturday, September 10. Sunday, September 11 will be dedicated to Young Leaders focused workshops. If you would like to attend the NAJC Annual General Meeting (AGM) as an observer, the AGM will start at 2pm on Friday (please let us know if you are planning to attend). The weekend will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded people and we have fun social events planned! Full Agenda and Schedule will be posted shortly. Further information about the NAJC Conference can be found HERE.

Venue: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, Calgary, Alberta

Arrival/Departure: It is suggested that attendees arrive Friday late afternoon/evening and depart Sunday afternoon. If you would like to participate in the NAJC mountain tour (Thursday) or the AGM (Friday 2pm), please let us know.

Registration Cost: $50 (Note: this is a discounted/subsidized cost for young leaders. Regular price for NAJC Conference Registration is $140).  $50 fee includes workshops and lunches on both on Saturday and Sunday. You may pay via Paypal on the NAJC main site, or pay onsite during check-in.

Subsidies: Subsidies are available to cover travel and registration costs. CLICK HERE for application steps. Please contact us for more information (


We look forward to seeing you at JCYLC 2016 in Calgary!