By Deanna Cheng
The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is encouraging community leaders to learn about Indigenous reconciliation at a Vancouver workshop.
Reconciliation Canada is hosting a dialogue workshop on April 27th to educate community members about Canadian history, including the history of the Indian residential school system.
The intent behind the association's support is unification, says NAJC VP Lorene Oikawa.
"If we are united, we can focus on the positives of diversity and inclusion. We remain committed to fight discrimination. This is what makes Canada a better country."
Oikawa says the workshop is a positive opportunity for education and a way for allies to support different groups.
Understanding what reconciliation means and learning about First Nations history is one of the basic blocks to inclusion, she says.
According to Reconciliation Canada's 2015 impact report: "The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report characterized the colonial period and the treatment of Indigenous people as cultural genocide."
The report said the majority of Canadians agreed it was cultural genocide.Read More