Towards a Commemoration of 30 years of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement and the Canadian Multiculturalism Act
On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada, by Royal Proclamation, designated June 27th of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
This is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and our commitment to equality and mutual respect, and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural communities in Canada. In addition, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act (July 21st, 1988), which aims to preserve and enhance multiculturalism in Canada.
As we celebrate 30 years of the Multiculturalism Act and the enshrining of Canada’s diversity as a fundamental part of Canadian heritage and identity, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) would like to commemorate another approaching milestone, the 30th Anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement.
The Government of Canada and the National Association of Japanese Canadians signed the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement on September 22, 1988. The Agreement acknowledged that the treatment of Japanese Canadians during World War II was unjust and violated principles of human rights. Under the terms of the agreement, the federal government would also create the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, which would foster racial harmony and help to eliminate racism through education and research.
The CRRF is partnering with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) to host an event at the Ontario Bar Association on June 27th, Multiculturalism Day, to recognize the Redress Agreement, reflect on the legacy of Japanese Internment, and share new ways to ensure that the lessons learned from history are not forgotten. Other sponsors for the event include the Ontario Bar Association, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, and Jam3.
The event will include a screening of Swimming Upstream, a video produced by the Honourable Justice Maryka Omatsu about the history of Japanese Canadian Internment in British Columbia. The event will also serve as an opportunity to announce the production of the East of the Rockies app, an interactive narrative augmented reality experience told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year old whose family is made to live in one of Canada’s Japanese Internment Camps. The app is currently under production by Jam3, a design and experience studio based in Toronto, with the help of acclaimed author and Order of Canada recipient Joy Kogawa.
The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to register for the event here.
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Location: Ontario Bar Association (20 Toronto St., 2nd floor, Toronto, ON)
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
**The initial program will be followed by a reception**