About Heritage Department
Based out of the JCCC’s Nikkei Heritage Resource Centre, the JCCC’s Heritage Department 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 programs serve as an important focal point for the community.
The Heritage Department is operated by a group of art and culture professionals working together collaboratively to manage the Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre (MNHC), a multi-use museum space, the JCCC Art Gallery, a contemporary art gallery committed to a multi-disciplinary art program, Archives and Collection, and the Sedai, The Japanese Canadian Legacy Oral History Project.
The Heritage Department's mandate is to support and promote artistic and cultural practices of Japanese Canadians and beyond. 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.