The Bulletin


Racist Clause in the BC Land Deeds

It is well-known that in the prewar time, Asian residents including those of Japanese origin were discriminated against as second class citizens. For example, they were not allowed to register for the voters list, as a result, they were unable to vote or be elected to public office. They were also unable to obtain a licence to practice as doctors, lawyers or pharmacists.


President’s Message

The Ofuro was a JCCA project for the 1977 Centennial Year, the 100th anniversary of when the first known Japanese immigrant Manzo Nagano came to Canada. An ofuro is a deep tub filled with water and kept hot with a wood-burning heater. The Japanese style of bath is for soaking only, that is, before you get into the tub, you would scrub and wash yourself until you were clean. This is all explained in an interpretative panel next to the exhibit.


How to Apologize for Abuse

Sexual violence, like any abuse of power, only stops when we expose it and commit to effective prevention and response practices. When we say, “We take this very seriously,” survivors want to know what we will actually do to ensure no one else suffers this way. We need to share information about safe church efforts and ask what actions would further communicate our commitment to justice, making amends and preventing harm.


Walk for Reconciliation

On May 31, 2015, the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) joined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, Reconciliation Canada, dignitaries, public leaders and thousands of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in the Walk for Reconciliation.