Community Council

The Community Council consists of established or emerging leaders who have a strong understanding and interest in Japanese Canadian history and are able to provide a national perspective to the Landscapes of Injustice project. The Council’s role is to be a community sounding board for project leaders, partners, and students, acting as a source of advice and guidance from the wider community of Japanese Canadians to help ensure that the project is delivered in ways that are best suited to their needs and remains accountable to the community concerns.

Vivian Rygnestad

Community Council Chair

Vivian Wakabayashi Rygnestad is a retired school principal and lives in Richmond B.C. She is committed to learning, understanding, honoring, preserving and teaching others about Japanese Canadian history. Along with her extended family in B.C. and Toronto, she has been active within the Japanese Canadian community for many years…Read More >>

Art Miki

Community Council

Arthur Miki has had a distinguished career as an educator and community activist. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and later served as principal for 18 years. He is president of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba that organizes Asian Heritage Month activities and also president of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba…Read More >>

Susanne Tabata

Community Council

Susanne Tabata is a digital media producer whose passion is to elevate west coast stories into the arts. Susanne was born in Nanaimo, and lived in Tokyo and Victoria before moving to Vancouver in 1978 to study International Relations at UBC. Tabata’s father is a Japanese Canadian whose internment experience during and after WWII has impacted…Read More >>

Eiko Eby

Community Council

Eiko Eby, a Nikkei Yonsei, is currently the President of the Central Vancouver Island Japanese-Canadian Cultural Society in Nanaimo, B.C. (more commonly referred to as the 7 Potatoes Society). She has been actively involved in the Japanese-Canadian community in Nanaimo since 1987 and is a member of the National Executive Board in charge of Membership for the National Association of Japanese Canadians. She has a strong passion for the Landscapes project as both her parents…Read More >>

Sally Ito

Community Council

Sally Ito lives and writes in Winnipeg. She has published three books of poetry, a collection of short fiction and is currently working on a memoir. Sally was a writer in residence at the University of Manitoba in 2012. Her father was a Kika-Nisei and her mother is from Osaka.

Tosh Kitagawa

Community Council

Tosh Kitagawa was born in Mission City BC and lived with his family on a ten acre farm on Cherry Street until the 1942 expulsion. In order to keep the family together and to keep his teenage children busy, my father “chose” to go to the sugar beet fields of Alberta. He went to school and graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate High school…Read More >>

Keiko Mary Kitagawa

Community Council

Keiko Mary Kitagawa was born on Salt Spring Island, BC. Her family was exiled in April of 1942 after their father was taken away by the RCMP in March of 1942. They were incarcerated in Hastings Park, Greenwood, Magrath, Alberta (after father was released from Yellowhead Pass work camp in August of 1942), Popoff, Bay Farm, Slocan (in a tent), Rosebery, New Denver…Read More >>

Terry Watada

Community Council

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Terry has been actively involved with the Japanese Canadian community across Canada since the 1970s.  He is a theatre performer, musician, speaker, and human rights activist.  Terry has written extensively about the JC community’s experiences and people in the forms of poetry, fiction and… Read More >>