TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2008 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) joins with the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canada’s apology and redress to Japanese Canadians for the injustices against them during and after the Second World War.
“The Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement represents a milestone in the history of our country in which we recognize and take responsibility for the human rights violations we have committed in the past,” remarked Albert Lo, Chair of the CRRF. “The apology and redress was not an attempt to forget the past but to acknowledge the violations and racism which were sanctioned by the state while ensuring that they are not repeated.”
The Agreement which was signed between the Government of Canada and the NAJC on September 22, 1988 “acknowledge[s] that the treatment of Japanese Canadians during and after World War II was unjust and violated principles of human rights as they are understood today; pledge[s] to ensure, to the full extent that its powers allow, that such events will not happen again; and recognize[s], with great respect, the fortitude and determination of Japanese Canadians who, despite great stress and hardship, retain their commitment and loyalty to Canada and contribute so richly to the development of the Canadian nation.”
The CRRF shares a special pride in the 20thAnniversary celebrations as we are a direct outcome of the Redress Agreement,” added Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini, Senior Executive Vice President of the CRRF. “Although we have only been in existence for 11 years, we have established a track record of combating racism very much in the spirit of the Agreement. We offer our congratulations to the NAJC and the Japanese Canadian community for their remarkable struggle for that Agreement and for setting the standard for making Canada a better place to live.”
he CRRF will take part in the 20th Anniversary conference and celebrations hosted by the NAJC in Vancouver, B.C. starting on September 19th. Additional information on the conference is available at http://redressanniversary.najc.ca/redress/