JCCC Cultural and Heritage Programming is generously sponsored in part by the Toyota Foundation
Based out of the JCCC’s Nikkei Heritage Resource Centre, the JCCC Heritage Committee strives to introduce the culture, history and legacy of the Japanese Canadians to all Canadians, while creating a tribute to the history of the Nikkei community and their contributions to the building of our nation. Heritage activities serve as an important focal point for the community.
Through my experiences at JCCC Heritage events, I have reconnected with the community. I look forward to hearing the unique stories of the Nisei and eating the food of my childhood.
- Ann Ashley
Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre
The Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre (MNHC) is an approximately 9,000 square foot cultural and educational hub, concentrating the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's cultural and heritage resources, as well as exhibitions, in a centralized location on the Centre's first floor. The Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre includes an exhibition space, gallery, library, traditional tearoom, and the administrative offices of the JCCC.
The objectives of the Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre include:
- To bring the story of Japanese Canadian heritage to a global audience, and link it with the greater narrative of Japanese diaspora for broader awareness
- To host a variety of programs and activities with an emphasis on education, aimed at both general and specialized audiences. The MNHC presents and hosts exhibitions, lectures, and cultural activities inspired by both Japan and the Japanese Canadian experience.
- The MNHC aims to help welcome ijusha (new Canadian) parents, children, and community members through the library's books, multimedia, multi-lingual resources, and related Japanese language activities.
In a global political climate that continues to vilify members of various races, ethnicities, and cultures, it is essential that the MNHC share the history, legacy, and implicit lessons of the Japanese Canadian community with all Canadians in order to demonstrate the dangers of cultural intolerance and the global benefit of understanding.