Museum receives new funding

Kinori Oka holding daughter Nancy Oka; Abbotsford?, BC, circa 1931. Oka Family Collection, NNM 2001.

Announcing the new Women of Change: Celebrating Japanese Canadian Leaders project

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, is pleased to announce we have been awarded funding from Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) for our Women of Change: Celebrating Japanese Canadian Leaders project.

“We are grateful for LAC funding that enables us to continue our
digitization work of rare and important fonds from the Japanese
Canadian community in partnership with the JCCC in Toronto. With
our Women of Change project, we celebrate remarkable yet under-
celebrated leaders in our community, and are delighted to be able to
offer diverse and inclusive resources for all.”
– Sherri Kajiwara, Director|Curator
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre


This project will bring to light the strength, resilience, and contributions made by scientists, business women, poets, women’s associations, academics, activists, and more including Canada’s first female Asian Canadian judge, Dr. Maryka Omatsu. Work in the archives has begun and we look forward to announcing our progress throughout 2021-2022.

Read the full funding announcement from Library and Archives Canada.

How long I will live
I do not know.
I will continue to live
Woman’s historical role.
I-ku-ba-ku no
Yo-me-i a-ru-ka-wa
O-n-na no re-ki-shi
O-ri-na-shi-te yu-ku
Poem: Tanka poem by Kinori Oka. Maple: Tanka Poem by Japanese Canadians by Kisaragi Poem Study Group (1975). The Continental Times. p. 156.