Sunday, October 30th (Venue: Royal Ontario Museum)
The Toronto NAJC invites you to a Human Rights Symposium to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NAJC/NJCCA , founded in Toronto in 1947. As host and funder we are working in partnership with the NAJC Human Rights Committee to develop the Symposium programming. You do not have to be a member to attend but capacity is limited to 100 attendees for this in-person event. Spots are filling steadily. Register today!
Programming will focus on aspects of human rights within and beyond our community. The Symposium theme An Inheritance of Activism reflects our aim of learning from our community history of activism. Strategies will be developed for building solidarities with other communities and concrete actions to effect change.
Conference fees include a 64 page commemorative booklet, Saturday presentations and reception and Sunday presentations at the Royal Ontario Museum which includes breakfast and ROM admission (regularly $23). The exhibit Being Legendary curated by Cree artist Kent Monkman will have recently opened.
Registration Fees: Youth $55 | Seniors $155 | General Admission $175 Survivors Complimentary* but you must register. The Symposium is funded by the Toronto NAJC and its sponsors with 15-20% of the balance covered by registration fees.
The following list of topics and confirmed presenters have been developed by the Symposium Committee which includes Toronto NAJC Board members, the Toronto NAJC Elders Council and the NAJC Human Rights Committee. Check www.torontonajc.ca for updates.
TRUTH & RECONCILIATION, PUTTING WORDS INTO ACTION Dr. Jennifer Matsunaga and special guest TBC
BUILDING SOLIDARITIES Moderator - Dr. Pamela Sugiman, Dean of Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) with Hayden King of the Yellowhead Institute, Karen Cho and others TBC
ONLINE HATE & ANTI-BLACK, ISLAMAPHOBIS, ANTI-SEMITISM TBC (may be incorporated with Building Solidarities)
ANTI-ASIAN RACISM Moderator - Judy Hanazawa with filmmaker, Karen Cho
NATIONAL HOUSING CRISIS, LOCAL ISSUES & INITIATIVES Kathy Shimizu, Activist, Organiser, Downtown EastSide, Vancouver, Brent Kitagawa
INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA & MENTAL HEALTH Leanne Toshiko Simpson, Dr. Jim Sugiyama, Ron Shimizu, Nicola Koyanagi
LGBTQ+2S Creating a safe space in the JC Community with Matt Miwa, Jun Cura-Bongolon and others TBC
SHARING CIRCLES National Housing Crisis, Truth and Reconciliation, Intergenerational Trauma
NAJC DR. GORDON HIRABAYASHI HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD With Justice Maryka Omatsu
Symposium Executive Lead: Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi
Symposium Co-Chairs: Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi, Toronto NAJC President (Sansei) Kristen Kiyomi Perry, NAJC Human Rights Committee (Yonsei)
A block booking has been arranged at the Chelsea Hotel. You can book here at the block booking rate of $189 (before taxes). You can also call the directly, toll free 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975. Identify yourself as part of the National Association of Japanese Canadians prior to the cut-off date of September 30, 2022 to receive the discounted group rate. This hotel is very centrally located.
* Definition of survivor: Individuals of Japanese descent directly impacted (uprooted and displaced) by the BC Government actions between 1942 and April 1, 1949. this includes impacted seniors who were not displaced but were living in BC and seniors whose families left BC but were born during this period of time.
The Toronto NAJC operates on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg,the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations,Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.