The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) is a non-profit organization that builds communities, and advocates for social justice primarily for people in Canada of Japanese heritage, and their families. The GVJCCA is the publisher of The Bulletin/Geppo, a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.
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.
GVJCCA Session 4
Deconstructing the Model Minority Myth
Sat, May 15, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
In this session we will be focusing on the model minority myth. Which communities are most affected? How is this myth perpetuated? In what ways is it harmful? How can we begin to deconstruct it? Guest speakers will provide their perspectives, followed by participant discussion in breakout rooms. All are welcome to join us in this conversation.
Eli Sheiner is a 4.5 generation “Japanese Canadian” who recently moved from Montreal to so-called Vancouver. Eli is active in the struggles against racism and the drug war, and is also a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology.
Audrey Kobayashi is a Patricia Monture Distinguished Scholar at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. She has worked in the Downtown Eastside, especially the Powell Street district, since the 1970s, and has written extensively on the historical geography of the Japanese-Canadian community, as well as on a range of issues of social justice and human rights.
Linda George is a Squamish Nation elder. She will provide the land acknowledgment for this session.
GVJCCA Session 3
April 10, 1-3pm (PST)
Antiracism in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Antiracism in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is the third session in the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association’s online antiracism series. This session will feature five panelists who are engaged in antiracism work in the Downtown Eastside. Participants will have an opportunity to ask speakers questions at the end. All are welcome to attend!
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Sid Chow Tan former National Chairperson of the Chinese Canadian National Council, founding/current director of the Head Tax Families Society of Canada, past President of the Full Figure Theatre Company Society, and former Vice-President of the Firehall Arts Centre Society.
Lama Mugabo Building Bridges with Rwanda cofounder, SFU Pacific Water Research Centre initiative field projects manager, Hogan’s Alley Society board member.
Angela May scholar, writer, and community activist investigating legacies of displacement and the durability of memory in the Downtown Eastside.
Skundaal Bernie Williams Haida artist and carver – the only female to apprentice with the late artist Bill Reid.
Eddy Takayanagi Powell Street Festival Society Board of Directors President, graduate of UBC law school, involved in building community, forging allyships, and fighting for equity and social justice.
GVJCCA Session 2
March 13, 2021 1-3pm (PST)
Indigenous Issues & Solidarity
Indigenous Issues & Solidarity will address various crises facing Indigenous communities alongside the global pandemic. We will explore Indigenous worldviews, settler colonial allyship, and alliance building. This workshop will focus on group discussions in order to cultivate a commitment to decolonizing action. In seeking to strengthen inter-community solidarity, we invite all to join this important conversation.
This session will feature Norm Leech (he/him), who has been the Executive Director for the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (VACPC) since May 2016, and is a frequent speaker, facilitator, and storyteller, sharing the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Norm talks about the Indigenous Worldview and Indigenous relations to genders, the written word, and the land. He is trained in facilitation with the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas) and with St’at’imc Restorative Justice in Lillooet. At VACPC, Norm facilitates cultural sessions for Police Academy and Sheriffs Academy at the Justice Institute. He has been teaching Indigenous Tools For Living (ITFL) across Canada and online.
GVJCCA Session 1
Saturday, February 13 from 1-3pm (PST)
It will address burning questions including: What’s the difference between “antiracist” and “not racist”? What is White privilege and White fragility? How can we move past discomfort when talking about race? We will also explore the history of racism in BC, leading up to the present day.
This workshop is particularly targeted for those seeking a deeper understanding of antiracism, but we welcome participants of all education levels and backgrounds. Registration is open to all adults – youth 12 and up may join their parent participants. Please note: sessions are guided by applying respect, kindness and supporting participant safety.
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Giselle Clarke-Trenaman (she/her) is a professional freelance Stage Manager and works as the Production Coordinator and Facilities Manager at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. For the past three years she has been developing a program called Black History Matters to fill the education gap of Canadian Black History in the Elementary school system. It had its pilot launch in the fall of 2020.
Parker Johnson (he/him) is a group facilitator, mediator, intercultural educator, and organizational change specialist who is committed to building just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organizations. Parker studied administration, planning and social policy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and rounds out his education with practical application in mediation, coaching, intercultural communication and anti-oppression work. As a workshop facilitator, he is a master at bringing concepts alive through the power of storytelling.
Welcome will be provided by Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe), one of sixteen Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation and the first female Chief of the Lackett Joe Family. She is currently Transformative Storyteller for Economic Reconciliation, with Simon Fraser University, and a Trustee for the Squamish Nation Trust.
The GVJCCA Human Rights Committee works with and supports the Japanese Canadian community, other human rights groups, and ethno-cultural organizations to promote human rights, and combat racism and discrimination, locally and internationally. EXPLORE
This bilingual Japanese/English Human Rights Guide is an online resource for those with questions surrounding rights and freedoms in Canada. EXPLORE