The Canadian Race Relations Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of Arthur K. Miki, CM, OM, by presenting him with the 2014 Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Building Bridges for Canada Award Dinner, held in Richmond, B.C. on Sunday March 2, 2014.
Established in 2003, the CRRF Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges and honours individuals who promote the principles outlined in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act and who have made outstanding contributions towards positive race relations in Canada.
Mr. Miki, on behalf of the Japanese Canadian community, led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War and the community at large, leading to the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement signed on September 22, 1988. The CRRF was created as part of that settlement. He was formerly the Vice Chair of the CRRF and now serves as the National Association of Japanese Canadians' representative to the CRRF Board of Directors.
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. Throughout his career, Mr. Miki dedicated a considerable amount of time to promoting positive race relations and a greater understanding between peoples, as well as to increase awareness of human rights issues in Canada. He was formerly the Vice Chairperson of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Vice President of the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and President of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.
Mr. Miki is an active leader in the Japanese Canadian community, having served as president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians from 1984-1992. In 1991 he received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada. In October 1999 he received an Honourary Doctorate degree from the University of Winnipeg, and on July 12, 2012 he received the Order of Manitoba.
Mr Miki is the author of The Japanese Canadian Redress Legacy: A Community Revitalized (2003) and co-author of Shaku of Wondrous Grace: Through the Garden of Yoshimaru (2007). Mr. Miki was Citizenship Judge for Manitoba and Saskatchewan from 1998. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Education.
Award for Lifetime Achievement – March 2, 2014
Redress 25 Years Later – Presented by Art Miki (2013)
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement – Presented by Albert Lo (2013)
The History Behind the Establishment of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation – by Art Miki (1997)
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary by honouring Madame Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the Award for Lifetime Achievement on October 26, 2006.
Madame Louise Arbour accepted an appointment as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in February of 2004. Previously, Madame Arbour was highly recognized for her work as a chief prosecutor for war crimes committed in Rwanda and Yugoslavia. Her work at the International Criminal Tribunals at The Hague was followed by her appointment as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada. Along with the gained respect of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Arbour has earned an international reputation for courage and determination from human rights groups worldwide.
"Madame Arbour is a Canadian who is in the forefront of the protection of human rights internationally," notes Andrée Ménard, Acting Chair of the CRRF. "Her life's work and the position she now holds, makes he an ideal symbol, if you will, of the best of Canada. We are proud that she's accepting our Award."
TORONTO, March 17, 2003 - On Thursday, March 27, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation celebrated the legacy of its founding Chair, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander with the CRRF's inaugural Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Mr. Alexander stepped down as Chair of the CRRF effective April 1, 2003.
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