Youth panel to discuss intergenerational impacts of human-rights violations
The British Columbian government proclaimed September 16 to 22 is National Reconciliation Week to address issues related to Indian residential schools. The announcement was made just prior to the sixth annual Truth and Reconciliation Commission event being held from Wednesday to Saturday (September 18 to 21) in Vancouver.
Meanwhile, Sunday (September 22) marks the 25th anniversary of Japanese Canadian Redress, when the Canadian government officially apologized for the Japanese Canadian Internment and monetary compensation was issued for survivors.
Amid these dates, a youth panel and public discussion is being held to discuss what impact that these and other human-rights violations have had on descendants of survivors.
Be the Change: Young People Healing the Past and Building the Future, cohosted by the TRC and the Inspirit Foundation, will not only feature youth representatives for issues related to Indian Residential Schools and the Japanese Canadian Internment but also the Holocaust and the Chinese Head Tax.
The panel will consist of Kim Harvey, Kevin Takahide Lee, Danny Richmond, and Caroline Wong. Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham will moderate.
The panelists will engage in a cross-cultural dialogue about what reconciliation means, what the intergenerational impacts are of human-rights violations, and what can be done to prevent them in the future.
It'll be held on Wednesday (September 18) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pacific Coliseum (100 North Renfrew Street), and admission is free.