Anti-Racism is one of the six pillars of BC Redress, which was initiated by the National Association of Japanese Canadians and the BC Government in 2019 to acknowledge & redress the historical injustices suffered by Japanese Canadians from 1942-1949.

Deep grounding in anti-racism work is an historic thread that still links the Japanese Canadian community to the injustices suffered 70 years ago. It also aligns closely with the stated priorities of the current BC government. As first-hand survivors of institutionalized racist policy, our seniors most want to ensure it never again occurs by ensuring a strong anti-racism component is included in the BC Redress package. The BC Government’s formation of the Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives and the Anti-racism Data Act (June 2022) addresses anti-racism. Also in 2022, Judy Hanazawa, was appointed to the Multiculturalism Advisory Council (MAC). The NAJC will manage activism and advocacy around this pillar.

Japanese Canadian Legacies are initiatives that honour our elders past and present. We are grateful to be doing this work on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples.