President’s Message, January 2010

The New Year has started with renewed hope and desire for a more peaceful world. It is mid January and all eyes are focused on the tragedy in Haiti. The devastation and violence that has erupted in that part of the world is unfathomable. Canadians, in their inimitable fashion have opened their hearts and walletsContinue reading

President’s Message, December 2009

The holiday season is upon us and provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect upon the many  gifts that we cherish now and every day of the year. At the Honouring our People conference in Vancouver in October, I am reminded of the gifts that the storytellers shared with the participants, of theirContinue reading

President’s Message, November 2009

As NAJC President, I was honoured to accept an invitation to “Witnessing the Future” ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) at Rideau Hall, on October 15, 2009.  This was an occasion that focused on “listening to and learning from the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools”.  In keeping with Aboriginal traditions, occasionsContinue reading

President’s Message, October 2009

After a year of preparation, the national celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement is now behind us. While I have not yet had time to digest what all happened, from accounts received so far, I think we can safely say it was a memorable event, and undoubtedly credit goes largely toContinue reading

President’s Message, July 2009

An “Amazing Feet” is happening in Winnipeg on June 18 – June 21. The event is a kick-off to invite Winnipeggers and the rest to the country to leave an imprint of their foot or hand as the construction of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights begins to take off. A few months ago, duringContinue reading

President’s Message, April 2009

The NAJC is moving on April 15, 2009, as a result of a settlement between the NAJC and Cityscape Residence Corporation (owners of 404 Webb Place). We are relocating to 1 – 222 Osborne St. Wpg. MB. For those of you who have been to Winnipeg, our office is in Osborne Village and is atContinue reading

President’s Message, March 2009

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of many African-Canadians who have contributed to the life and times of this great country. As we welcome the first official visit of President Barack Obama, to Canada, we are reminded of his comments related to Black History Month. It is “aContinue reading

President’s Message, December 2008

It has been a very busy fall for the NAJC, with the National Conference celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Redress Settlement on September 19-21/08, in Vancouver, as well as the many regional celebrations across Canada. The organizers of the Vancouver event, Grace Thomson, Cindy Mochizuki and Ron Nishimura, did a tremendous job of givingContinue reading

President’s Message June

During the last week of April, I attended the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence Symposium, held in Calgary.  “What is Canadian Racism?” was the main theme, which engaged in a critical analysis of a distinct manifestation of racism, through diverse workshops focusing on policy, education, and training, toward better understanding of racism inContinue reading

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