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 their...Continue 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, occasions...

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 to...Continue 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, during...

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 at...

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 “a...Continue 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 giving...Continue 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 in...Continue reading

President’s Message April

I mentioned earlier that Oppenheimer Park, known as Powell Street Grounds (or remembered as Paueru Groundo by people like my parents, who as immigrants settled in this area), is currently being re-designed for more effective use by this Downtown East Side community. I noticed last week that several new cherry trees were recently planted at...Continue reading

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