“Honouring Art Miki: The Life Journey of a Human Rights Defender” seminar

On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the Consulate General of Japan held a seminar titled "Honouring Art Miki: The Life Journey of a Human Rights Defender" in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This seminar is an opportunity for Dr. Art Miki, one of the driving forces behind the 1988 “Japanese-Canadian Redress* ”, to publish his autobiography (“Gaman-Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice”), which focuses on the negotiation process that led to obtaining an apology and compensation from the Canadian government. The event was held in cooperation with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights(CMHR) and the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM), and was attended by Lieutenant Governor General Anita Neville, Minister of Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources Jamie Moses, as well as representatives of Japanese Canadian (Nikkei) organizations from across Canada.

H.E. Kanji Yamanouchi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada, also visited from Ottawa, and gave a speech following the opening remarks by Isha Khan, President and CEO of the Human Rights Museum, and an introduction by Consul General Watanabe. The seminar also included a screening of the video "Facing Injustice"
and a discussion between Dr. Art Miki and the moderator.

* The implementation of a formal apology and atonement by the Canadian Government for the sufferance of Japanese Canadian people during and after the Second World War.

Photos taken by CMHR, Ruth Bonneville.
Speech by Isha Khan, Director of CMHR Introduction of Consul General Watabe

Speech by Ambassador Yamanouchi Conversation between Dr. Art Miki and moderator
Performance by Hinode Taiko Event
Group photo “Gaman-Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice”