Notice of Annual General Meeting

October 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians will be held on Sunday December 6, 1 pm to 4 pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1011 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto, ON. The business portion of the AGM from 1 pm will cover the financial status of the chapter, its current and future activities and the election of its 2016   Board of Directors. At 2 pm, Session #3 of the chapter’s Public Discussion series will be held on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report on the Indian Residential School Victims.

Sunday December 6 at 2pm                                                                                         

Truth and Reconciliation: Linking Arms with Aboriginal Peoples within Canada

Kristen Manley-Casmir is Senior Policy Advisor in the Aboriginal Justice Division of the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General working to implement recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report on the Victims of Indian Residential Schools. Kirsten’s mother and her family were interned during WWII.  She is a lawyer and has focused her legal studies on Aboriginal law issues and has taught at Osgoode Law Faculty at York University and at Queens University.  

For over 150 years, the Canadian government ordered by law the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families and sent them to Indian Residential Schools to be Christianized and “civilized.”  At the schools, children were beaten for speaking their own languages, physically and sexually abused, and taught that their identity and culture were not worthy. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls for Action aim to address the attitudes that led up to the devastating legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and ask Canadians to take action to prevent the reoccurrence of “cultural genocide” against Aboriginal peoples.  In this talk, Kirsten Manley-Casimir explores the concept of reconciliation and what attitudinal shifts and concrete actions can be taken by non-Aboriginal Canadians in pursuing reconciliation.


Sunday, December 6 at 2pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church                                                                                               1011 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto