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Welcome to the Hastings Park Foundation website

I hope you find it informative, helpful and enlightening. As an organization, we seek to support projects that educate and further the cause of human rights in Canada. In that regard, we have funded or sponsored such varied projects as plays, independent schools, books and conferences.

Nishka Girl

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

The NAJC Endowment Fund and the Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC in partnership with the Hastings Park Foundation Press are pleased to announce the launch of the non-fiction book, Nishga Girl during the Ottawa AGM/Conference. Limited number of copies will be available for $15.00.

"The Nishga Girl is the heartwarming and illustrated story of the close friendship between Judo Jack Tasaka and Eli Gosnell, a Nisei boat builder and Nisga'a chief before, during, and after WWII."

For mail orders (shipping and handling extra) please contact:
Hastings Park Press
6 Wildwood Crescent
Toronto, ON M4L 2K7
Email: info@hastingsparkfoundation.ca

Light at a Window

Our publication Light at a Window, continues the story of the Japanese Canadians, started in The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary, with the second generation. The book is based on the true adventures of a pair of Nisei lovers during WWII. Tomeo, aka “Romeo”, Shoyama, fictitious brother of Thomas Shoyama, editor of The New Canadian, falls for Julia Sato, daughter of a judo master in pre-WWII Vancouver. It is a forbidden love since Sato Sensei has ties to the Black Dragon Society, the criminal gang that controls the Japanese sector. The New Canadian has been a thorn in the side of Etsuji Morii, the Black Dragon oyabun. Events conspire against the two young lovers and, in the end, Tomeo must leave town for everyone’s sake.

Tomeo becomes the stuff of legend when rumours of his fate arise amongst the Nisei. He is supposedly spotted in one of the internment camps where he finds love and the same evil forces that wish to deny that love. And in the same manner as in Vancouver, Tomeo disappears, the victim of circumstances. No one knows what really happened, but there are clues that leave the reader with a sense of wonder and perhaps hope.

Please explore the website making note of our mandate, published titles and activities, past and present. And if you feel it is appropriate, donate to the foundation for a tax donation receipt. Be assured that your donation will be used to support similar worthy causes now and in the future.

Terry Watada, President
Hastings Park Foundation

In Loving Memory of Yoshio Hyodo

Kenneth Grisewood $50.00

David and Sandra Ham $50.00

Elizabeth Hyodo $20.00

Terez Hyodo $50.00

Mitsy Ito $50.00

Brenda and David Kumagai $120.00

Thomas Kumagai $20.00

Ruth and Gene Ogino $200.00

David Shimizu $100.00

Ted Shimizu $100.00

Frances Yoshida $50.00

Katherine Shimizu $100.00
(from Kathy, Janice and David Shimizu and families)

Greater Toronto NAJC $2000.00

Hastings Park Foundation
6 Wildwood Crescent
Toronto, ON M4L 2K7

The National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Landscapes of Injustice Partnership Project are proud to jointly announce the:

“Hide Hyodo-Shimizu Research Scholarship”

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Valued at $10,000, this research scholarship will be awarded to a student who was enrolled full time at a Canadian University in the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful applicant will join the Landscapes of Injustice research team in late April 2017, participating in its 2017 national Spring Institute, and then join the research team for the duration of summer.

Landscapes of Injustice is a 7-year (2014-2021) multi-sector and interdisciplinary project to uncover and tell the history of the dispossession of Japanese Canadians to audiences across Canada and beyond. The first years of the project include research in a range of areas necessary to telling this history. Our work will result in a traveling museum exhibit, teaching materials for elementary and secondary school classes, educational websites, scholarly and popular publications, and public presentations across the country. Most Canadians know that people of Japanese ancestry, the large majority of them Canadian citizens, were uprooted from the British Columbia coast during the 1940s. Much less known is the policy, unique to Canada, to forcibly sell all of their property. The dispossession of Japanese Canadians caused lasting harm. It left Japanese Canadians without homes to which they could return after restrictions were finally lifted in 1949. It forced the eradication of Canada’s historic Japanese-Canadian neighbourhoods and settlements, thereby transforming individual lives and identities, and the broader landscapes of Canadian ethnic and urban life. It caused material hardship that stretches across multiple generations.

Like other shameful episodes of our national history, these events may seem to belong to a distant past, to a history left behind by multicultural Canada. In reality, however, the past is not so easily escaped. As Canada enters a century in which it will grow ever more diverse, a deep conversation about the enduring legacy of racism is of pressing importance. Landscapes of Injustice is committed to telling this history. Our team includes 16 institutions and over 30 specialists from universities, community organizations, and museums across Canada. The project is funded by a major grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by participating institutions.

Applications will be accepted until 4 pm PST Friday, March 31, 2017 and then on a rolling basis after that until a successful candidate is selected.

For position and application details click here.

Hide Shimizu

Hide Hyodo-Shimizu

Hide Shimizu (née Hyodo) was born in Vancouver in 1908 and died in 1999. She spent one year at the University of British Columbia before transferring to Teachers’ Training School. She received her teaching certificate in 1926 and began teaching Grade One at Lord Byng School. Shortly thereafter, the provincial government prohibited any other Japanese Canadian from receiving a certificate. Thus at 18 years old, Hide Hyodo was the first and only Japanese Canadian to hold a teaching certificate. In 1936, she was the female member of a delegation of four sent to Ottawa by the Japanese Canadian Citizen’s League to seek the franchise for Japanese Canadians. Parliament defeated the motion but she and the others set a precedent for a non-white community demanding the vote. With the removal of the Japanese Canadians from the BC coast in 1942, Hide was asked to supervise the education of the Japanese Canadian youth first in Hastings Park, a clearing house for out-of-town Japanese Canadians, and then in the internment camps of the interior. She set about planning primary curriculum, organizing a school system among seven camps, and recruiting and training volunteer teachers and principals. She constantly travelled from camp to camp throughout the war. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1982. And in 1993, she was honoured by the Status of Women-Canada, the Secretary of State and Eaton’s of Canada in a month long tribute to thirty-two women who helped shape the history of Canada.

To honour the life-long dedication of Hide Shimizu to education; support of Japanese Canadian heritage and civil liberties for all Canadians, the National Association of Japanese Canadians is proud to partner with the Landscapes of Injustice Project, University of Victoria.