GVJCCA Session 3: Antiracism in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

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GVJCCA Session 3: Antiracism in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

"Antiracism in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside" is the third of four GVJCCA online workshops aiming to empower, educate, and build allyship.

By Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens Association

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Date and time

Sat, Apr 10, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT



About this event

The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association (GVJCCA) is pleased to introduce a series of monthly Zoom workshops to support racialized communities, address racism, and build community networks. These sessions aim to empower, educate, and build allyship.

"Antiracism in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside" will feature a variety of speakers who are engaged in antiracism work in the Downtown Eastside. This session will be arranged like a panel, and participants will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end. All are welcome to attend.

Guest speakers:

Sid Chow Tan is a retired media producer/community organiser for a number of non-government organizations. He is active on issues of racism and media, specifically for "direct redress" for the 62-years of Canada's legislated injustices (1885 - 1947) of the Chinese head tax and exclusion. A "paper son" and spawn of Gold Mountain pioneers. Sid (Chow Tan - legal surname) is a former National Chairperson of the Chinese Canadian National Council, a founding/current director of the Head Tax Families Society of Canada, past President of the Full Figure Theatre Company Society, and a former Vice-President of the Firehall Arts Centre Society.

Lama Mugabo is a community development worker involved in a diverse array of organizations and projects. He is cofounder of Building Bridges with Rwanda, an NGO which connects Rwandans with international organizations, field projects manager for the SFU Pacific Water Research Centre initiative, and a board member of Hogan's Alley Society. In the past he has worked with the United Nations Association of Canada and the Carnegie Community Action Project. Lama is deeply involved with the Downtown Eastside, addressing racism, poverty, and nutrition and wellness.

Angela May is a scholar, writer, and community activist. As a mixed (white/non-white) Japanese Canadian settler, she is committed to fighting for justice in her home of Vancouver, B.C., where her work considers the legacies of displacement and the durability of memory, particularly in the city's Downtown Eastside.

Bernie Williams (Skundaal) is a Haida artist and carver - the only female to apprentice with the late artist Bill Reid. She is a graduate of Vancouver's Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts program, and is a creator of sculptures, totem poles, jewellery, and other forms of art.

Eddy Takayanagi is the President of the Board of Directors for Powell Street Festival Society. He is a Nissei-2nd generation Japanese Canadian, the child of post-war immigrants to Canada, born and raised in Alberta. After attending university in Japan on the Monbusho Scholarship and living in Kyoto for 4 years studying archaeology, he moved to Vancouver and attended Law School at UBC. In his job and volunteer activities he seeks to build community, forge allyships and fight for equity and social justice.

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