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(2017) Beyond White Supremacy: Workshops for Change

ACVI is organizing two workshops on February 3–4, 2017, to continue conversations about Asian Canadian and Indigenous histories and their implications for today.

Join us for:

I. Challenging the Law: Dispossession and Japanese Canadians
Outside the taking of Indigenous lands, the greatest dispossession in Canadian history occurred with the uprooting and dispossession of 21,000 Japanese Canadians between 1942 and 1949. A group of lawyers and community researchers assess the legal mechanisms used in what amounted to a massive miscarriage of justice, and the implications for today. Join redress leader Justice Maryka Omatsu, constitutional and legal historian Eric Adams (University of Alberta), ACVI director John Price (University of Victoria), and others for a probing discussion into the past and present.
Time: 1–4 pm, Friday, February 3, 2017
Location: Faculty of Law–Fraser Building Room 157, UVIC

II. (Un)Settling the Land, Working for Change
First Nations, Asian Canadians and their allies come together in a roundtable to talk about:
1. The history of struggles on Salt Spring Island and their lessons for building alliances for change on the coast, with Joe Akerman and Mary Kitagawa;
2. New perspectives on change from young Asian Canadian and First Nations activists Jeff Tanaka, Macayla Yan, and Alana Sayers;
3. Repatriating treasures and decolonizing our heritage and teaching institutions with Chief Bill Cranmer (Yalis-Alert Bay, U’mista Cultural Centre).
The workshop will close with award-winning author and redress leader, Roy Miki (Simon Fraser University).
Time: 9 am–5 pm, Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: First Peoples House, UVIC

All events are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact

Sponsored by the project Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific.
With the support of Vancouver Island University and the following UVIC institutions: Centre for Global Studies; Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives; Department of History; Faculty of Law; Indigenous Studies Program; Landscapes of Injustice; Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities; Social Justice Studies.