It was last Spring when the Anglican Healing Fund for Japanese Canadians was first presented by the National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Japanese Canadian Working Group. At that time we had just received a commitment from the Anglican Church of Canada for $610,000 in funds to support the healing efforts requested by community members and the commitment of the Church to hire a Facilitator / Project Manager.
Today we reach out to you and announce that the Healing Fund is now operating and a Facilitator / Project Manager has been hired.
In April, 2022 the NAJC, Anglican Church, and Healing Fund project office finalized the administrative framework that will allow us to move forward with this project. The Healing Fund project office will now put funding made available from the Anglican Church to work towards supporting survivors of Mr. Nakayama's abuse and their families with counselling support, community education, and education grants.
If you have been affected by Mr. Nakayama's abuse please visit our website, and complete our community feedback form. The feedback form will inform us on the amount of community need and interest there is among survivor families for counselling support, education grants and community healing initiatives. We have a Frequently Asked Questions page on our website but you can always contact the Healing Fund with questions.
June 25, 2022 Online National Outreach Meeting, 11:00am PT, Agenda
11:00am-11:15am PT, We will begin the meeting by providing an overview of the Healing Fund and of our website, where all of our updates and progress will be documented. The first 15 minutes will give a broad summary of the project. If anyone cannot stay for the full meeting the first 15 minutes will provide them with the most important information and resources.
11:15am-11:40am PT, Discussion of the three pillars of the fund: counselling support, education grants, an community education support. The application processes will be reviewed. We will discuss the community feedback form and how that feedback will shape the future of the Healing Fund.
11:40am-12:00pm PT, Dr. Nicholas Harrison will speak on trauma and the lifelong healing journey that he is on that began at the hands of Catholic Priests. In his book Safe Space, Dr. Harrison discusses his journey into adulthood and how positive role models, including the young heroes in Star Wars, helped him along the way.
12:00pm-12:15pm PT, The Project Office will speak about our experiences working with the community to heal the wounds from these historic clergy sexual abuse cases.
12:15pm-12:30pm PT, time extension possible. The meeting will end with a question and answer period.