It should be noted, however, that since the settlement of the Japanese Canadian Redress, Canada also offered compensation to the Aboriginal Veterans in 2002. Similarly, in the year 2000, the federal government settled a compensation package with the merchant mariners. The government also settled compensation with the victims of the Thalidomide incidents and Hepatitis C in 1990 and 1998, respectively. Therefore, while the government declares its objection to further financial compensation, its actions, in these cases, present contradictions in its policy and practices.
In defense of its decision to not compensate for the historical injustices carried out by government action against these racial, ethnic and other minority communities, the Canadian Government has anchored its pronouncement on the premise that rather than making financial compensation, focus should be given to developing forward looking strategies that address the challenges of the present and the prevention of injustices in the future.
Based on its founding premise and mission, and as the only national, legislatively constituted organization with the sole mandate to combat racism in Canada, the CRRF has a fundamental catalytic, facilitative and leadership role to play in this arena. The structural and functional reasons for the establishment of the CRRF provide some compelling reasons for the Foundation to formally engage in this arena to broaden and evolve the current discourse and practice in anti-racism work. This should include, among other thinking, the role of redress and reparations as an integral and important element in the scope of measures that can be applied by government and others as effective remedies.