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Through collaboration with communities, organizations and people across Canada, the CRRF works to promote a deeper sense of Canadian identity for all Canadians by strengthening our understanding and acceptance of Canadian values, promoting Canadian identity and recognizing the responsibilities of good citizenship.
October 2015 – Last month we marked the 27th year since the historic signing of the Japanese Redress Agreement on September 22, 1988. This month marks the 19th anniversary of the proclamation of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act, which was one of the outcomes of that important agreement. Such important milestone dates coming in quick succession certainly bear reflection.
As Mr. Art Miki, then President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, explained in his 1997 speech on the establishment of the CRRF "For Japanese Canadians, and for all Canadians, the creation of the CRRF and its later opening was the culmination of the victory of their struggle for rights of citizenship.”
It is from this vision that the CRRF draws its ongoing mission to deepen its vital role in helping create a Canada built on the principles of equality and social harmony. Indeed CRRF's Chairperson, Albert Lo, during the 25th Anniversary Redress Celebration noted that this quest for social harmony is "the tie that binds and is the focal point supporting our collective efforts".
As we move forward on the many projects the CRRF has undertaken, we clearly understand that it is the ties that bind that make us stronger. Japanese Canadians understood this as they generously reached out to their fellow Canadians in the process of redress. It is a theme we see emerging as we share the stories of Canadians across this country in our 150 Stories initiative, which we were delighted to see featured in the Toronto Star last month.
I note that October marks the passing of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, the first chairperson of the CRRF, a man who was instrumental in the mission of the Foundation. The CRRF will proudly celebrate the anniversary of the proclamation with an Open House at our office, located in the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
Please join us in person if you are in Toronto, or check out our website to engage online.