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Welcome to the Hastings Park Foundation website

I hope you find it informative, helpful and enlightening. As an organization, we seek to support projects that educate and further the cause of human rights in Canada. In that regard, we have funded or sponsored such varied projects as plays, independent schools, books and conferences.

Nishka Girl

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

The NAJC Endowment Fund and the Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC in partnership with the Hastings Park Foundation Press are pleased to announce the launch of the non-fiction book, Nishga Girl during the Ottawa AGM/Conference. Limited number of copies will be available for $15.00.

"The Nishga Girl is the heartwarming and illustrated story of the close friendship between Judo Jack Tasaka and Eli Gosnell, a Nisei boat builder and Nisga'a chief before, during, and after WWII."

For mail orders (shipping and handling extra) please contact:
Hastings Park Press
6 Wildwood Crescent
Toronto, ON M4L 2K7
Email: info@hastingsparkfoundation.ca

Light at a Window

Our publication Light at a Window, continues the story of the Japanese Canadians, started in The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary, with the second generation. The book is based on the true adventures of a pair of Nisei lovers during WWII. Tomeo, aka “Romeo”, Shoyama, fictitious brother of Thomas Shoyama, editor of The New Canadian, falls for Julia Sato, daughter of a judo master in pre-WWII Vancouver. It is a forbidden love since Sato Sensei has ties to the Black Dragon Society, the criminal gang that controls the Japanese sector. The New Canadian has been a thorn in the side of Etsuji Morii, the Black Dragon oyabun. Events conspire against the two young lovers and, in the end, Tomeo must leave town for everyone’s sake.

Tomeo becomes the stuff of legend when rumours of his fate arise amongst the Nisei. He is supposedly spotted in one of the internment camps where he finds love and the same evil forces that wish to deny that love. And in the same manner as in Vancouver, Tomeo disappears, the victim of circumstances. No one knows what really happened, but there are clues that leave the reader with a sense of wonder and perhaps hope.

Please explore the website making note of our mandate, published titles and activities, past and present. And if you feel it is appropriate, donate to the foundation for a tax donation receipt. Be assured that your donation will be used to support similar worthy causes now and in the future.

Terry Watada, President
Hastings Park Foundation

In Loving Memory of Yoshio Hyodo

Kenneth Grisewood $50.00

David and Sandra Ham $50.00

Elizabeth Hyodo $20.00

Terez Hyodo $50.00

Mitsy Ito $50.00

Brenda and David Kumagai $120.00

Thomas Kumagai $20.00

Ruth and Gene Ogino $200.00

David Shimizu $100.00

Ted Shimizu $100.00

Frances Yoshida $50.00

Katherine Shimizu $100.00
(from Kathy, Janice and David Shimizu and families)

Greater Toronto NAJC $2000.00

Hastings Park Foundation
6 Wildwood Crescent
Toronto, ON M4L 2K7

The Hastings Park Foundation

was founded in 1987, as a charitable institution and has funded many educational and arts projects. HPF has been providing funding for book publications and other worthwhile projects relating to Japanese Canadian History and human rights. To date, we have provided a total of $3,000.00 grant to the University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts, ACAM (Asian Canadian & Asian Migration) program. A new course ACAM 320A was offered this year featuring Japanese Canadian History. Dr. John Price and Mary Kitagawa are instructors of the course.

Portion of the grant monies has come from donations made to HPF from the Hide Hyodo-Shimizu family.

cheque presentation

Dr. John Price, Ken Noma – Vice President, presenting cheque to Dr. Chris Lee – Program Director of ACAM and Mary Kitagawa

Hide Hyodo-Shimizu

Hide Shimizu

Hide Shimizu (née Hyodo) was born in Vancouver in 1908 and died in 1999. She spent one year at the University of British Columbia before transferring to Teachers’ Training School. She received her teaching certificate in 1926 and began teaching Grade One at Lord Byng School. Shortly thereafter, the provincial government prohibited any other Japanese Canadian from receiving a certificate. Thus at 18 years old, Hide Hyodo was the first and only Japanese Canadian to hold a teaching certificate. In 1936, she was the female member of a delegation of four sent to Ottawa by the Japanese Canadian Citizen’s League to seek the franchise for Japanese Canadians. Parliament defeated the motion but she and the others set a precedent for a non-white community demanding the vote. With the removal of the Japanese Canadians from the BC coast in 1942, Hide was asked to supervise the education of the Japanese Canadian youth first in Hastings Park, a clearing house for out-of-town Japanese Canadians, and then in the internment camps of the interior. She set about planning primary curriculum, organizing a school system among seven camps, and recruiting and training volunteer teachers and principals. She constantly travelled from camp to camp throughout the war. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1982. And in 1993, she was honoured by the Status of Women-Canada, the Secretary of State and Eaton’s of Canada in a month long tribute to thirty-two women who helped shape the history of Canada.