SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Support SEDAI

The SEDAI Project operates as a special project of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, a Canadian registered charity (charitable # BN 118972967RR0001) and reports directly to the Board of the JCCC. The SEDAI Project is run by volunteers and is supported by the administrative staff of the JCCC.

Before they are lost forever, SEDAI’s mission is to collect the first hand stories of the Nikkei from their pre-war days on the west coast of Canada, the loss of their rights and freedoms as Canadians and their incarceration in Canadian internment camps and their resettlement after the end of the war. This task is urgent and time sensitive!

To date, Sedai has been successful n conducting over 150 interviews of Japanese Canadians (almost 400 hours of recorded history) and run 2 major conferences focusing on the World War II years (from 1940–1944). Sedai is planning a follow up conference in the spring of 2013 which will focus on the resettlement period immediately following World War II. In order to continue this work and to edit, transcribe & digitize the scores of interviews we have collected, there is an urgent need to obtain on-going funding. We would greatly appreciate any donations you are able to contribute to this important project.

How You Can Help

There are four ways in which you can help the SEDAI Project:

1. Donate Online

Donations to SEDAI can be made online through the JCCC by clicking on the following link. A charitable tax receipt will be sent to you via email. To ensure that your donation is properly credited to SEDAI, please designate your donation “To the SEDAI Project” in the Message Instructions box on the Donation Details Page. »

2. Donate by Cheque

Donations to SEDAI can also be made by cheque payable to the “Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre re:SEDAI Project” and mailed to:

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court
Don Mills, Ontario
M3C 1Z5

3. Volunteer

Participating in the SEDAI Project is an educational and fulfilling experience. Our volunteers represent a broad range of age groups, ethnicities, and talents, with a common interest in preserving Japanese Canadian history for future generations. If you would like to get involved, please contact us. Contact us »

4. Tell Us Your Story

If you have an interesting and relevant story or can put us in touch with interview subjects, we want to hear from you. Please also contact us if you have archival material, such as photos, which will help to document the Japanese Canadian history.* Submit your story »

*While it is our desire and hope to capture as many compelling stories and as much archival material as we can, we are limited by the human and financial resources currrently available to us. Accordingly, we will not, at present, be able to interview or record all potential subjects for our website. However, we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible. Please do not send unsolicited material to us as we cannot guarantee its safekeeping or return.

Our Process

What does it take to do each interview?

  1. Select subject
  2. Preliminary background research
  3. Pre-interview with subject
  4. More research, as required
  5. Interview (4-5 hours)
  6. Complete documentation (releases, consents)
  7. Transcription of the interview (required for digitization)
  8. Back-up and storage
  9. Digital processing
  10. Update/add to website
  11. Catalogue
  12. Send copy to interview subject with thanks.

The costs of processing, transcription, digitization and updating is approximately five thousand dollars per interview even though all of the labour costs for research, filming and processing are supplied free of charge by our dedicated volunteers.