SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Redress Movement

The redress movement of the late 1970s and 1980s was spearheaded by the Nisei and young Sansei as well as Issei and shin-ijusha (new immigrants) who made up the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). The NAJC was the organization that negotiated the redress settlement on behalf of the Japanese Canadian community. After a ten-year struggle gaining community as well as the mainstream public’s support, the National Association of Japanese Canadians successfully negotiated a redress settlement in 1988.

Redress Rally March

Redress Rally March in Ottawa 1988 (JCCC Archives)

Redress Rally March

Redress Rally March in Ottawa 1988 (JCCC Archives)

The Redress settlement was announced in Parliament on September 22, 1988. It included: an acknowledgment of the injustice of the wartime events; individual payments of $21,000 to eligible Canadians; establishment of a community fund of $12 million; clearing of criminal records for those charged under the War Measures Act; restoration of Canadian citizenship to those exiled to Japan; and the creation of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, which was established in 1997.