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 The EJCA History Project EJCA歴史プロジェクト

"History undocumented fades from memory but history documented lives forever!"

“History is literally not “written in stone” and neither is the EJCA “History Project”

In 2010, the Board or the Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA), concerned about the loss of many “living” historians, decided to start a history preservation project by creating the EJCA History Project Committee.

In the beginning stages, the potentially mammoth scope of the project was narrowed and it was decided that, rather than writing a book about individual family histories, our objectives were: 

  1. To gather, document and compile information about the history of people of Japanese ancestry in the Edmonton and surrounding area and to document the evolution of organizations and activities that supported those people.
  2. To collect history-related documents and photographs.
  3. To archive in a manner that makes these materials easily accessible to all interested parties. 

Then in 2013, a survey of Japanese Canadians and Japanese living in the Edmonton area was conducted in order to obtain a "snapshot" of the Japanese community.

We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to peruse the information contained in the two reports. Our hope is that the more we read, the more we’ll want to keep on reading! Such reading is to participate in the making of history. Printed copies of the Reports, appendices and related documents are available at the EJCA Library. To view printed copies, please contact Online copies follow.

Invitation to Readers

Because history is being created even as you read this, the two history reports below are already “out of date”. In other words, everyone’s experience constitutes history. So, if you would like to contribute to the ongoing recorded history of the Japanese community in the Edmonton area, please contact the EJCA here:





  1. エドモントン市とその周辺にすむ日本人を祖先とする人たちの歴史に関する情報を収集して記録すること、またこの人達が関係した組織や活動についての情報も収集して記録すること。
  2. この人達の歴史に関連した記録と写真を収集すること。
  3. 収集した記録を興味のある人が簡単に閲覧できるような形で保存すること。





Phase 1 - Collect data including interviews, documents, and photos

January 2010 - March 2012

Phase 2 - Continue Data Collection

September 2012 - June 30, 2014





Phase 3 - Conduct a Survey of the Japanese Canadian Community

May 2013 - March 2016

The survey report has two sections:
Part 1 - “Snapshots” of our community in 2013
Part 2 - Individual lives

Final Survey Report published (May 2016)

Final Report (Second version: July 2016)




第一部:2013年現在のエドモントン市および周辺  地区の日系人、日本人社会の概要





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