Available reels: 18
|Creator||Japanese Canadian Citizens Association.|
|Title||Japanese Canadian Citizens Association fonds|
MG 28 V 7
Business and commerce
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
The Japanese Canadian Citizens Association (JCCA) was formed in 1947 to act as a national organization for Japanese Canadians. Its first major function was to assist claimants before the Royal Commission of Japanese Property Losses (the Bird Commission). The JCCA was also in the forefront of the successful post-war struggle against discriminatory legislation. The association organized, promoted and sponsored projects and activities among Japanese Canadians to enable them to contribute to Canadian unity. The Japanese Canadian Citizens Association worked towards the improvement of the political, social, moral and economic welfare of Canadians with Japanese ancestry. Because of a change in the organization's structure in 1953, most of the records in this collection are from the early period of its activity.
This collection consists of the records of the Japanese Canadian Citizens Association and its predecessors, and documents the business operations as well as the activities of the Association, especially in the field of evacuation claims. In addition to the Association's financial records and the records of its Executive Council, this collection also includes briefs submitted to the Federal Government of Canada and the Provincial Government of British Columbia concerning discrimination against Japanese Canadians. This collection also includes case files of individuals who sought re-entry into Canada after the Second World War, literature on various conferences and correspondence with the Japanese American Citizens League and other similar organizations concerned with civil rights. Included here is an account of a pilgrimage of Issei veterans to the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial in 1936 and historical notes and clippings used by Ken Adachi in writing his book “The Enemy that Never Was - A History of the Japanese Canadians”; and consists of various published sources, n.d., 1884-1975. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, forms, minutes and printed material relating to the activities of the Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association, 1942-1953.