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)