NAJC meets BC Premier John Horgan regarding remediation and redress for the violation of citizenships rights of Japanese Canadians

Left to Right: Tsugio Kurushima (Victoria), Rick Ogasawara (Vernon), Premier John Horgan, David Mitsui (President, NAJC), Lorene Oikawa (Vancouver), Eiko Eby (Nanaimo), George Uyeda (Kamloops)

An NAJC delegation led by President David Mitsui and representatives from the BC Member Organizations (Tsugio Kurushima – Victoria; Rick Ogasawara – Vernon; Lorene Oikawa – Vancouver; Eiko Eby – Nanaimo; George Uyeda – Kamloops) met with BC Premier John Horgan, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism Ravi Kahlon, and the Executive Director of Multiculturalism Sasha Hobbs. The meeting took place on April 19, 2018 and was the first step in the formalized process to seek remediation and redress for the violation of citizenship rights of Japanese Canadians perpetuated by the BC Government’s participation in, benefit from, and responsibility for the uprooting, detention, dispossession, and forced exile of Japanese Canadians between 1941 and 1949. Addressing this historical injustice provides a follow-up to the BC Legislature’s adoption of a ministerial statement of apology in 2012. The meeting was very positive and we are awaiting a formal response to our proposal once Minister Beare recovers from health issues.

View the paper and proposal entitled “The National Association of Japanese Canadians’ Proposal to the Government of British Columbia Regarding Remediation and Redress for the Violation of Citizenship Rights” HERE

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