Monday, September 22, 2008,

Vancouver Today is the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement negotiated with the National Association of Japanese Canadians after five years of struggle. On this day, then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney stood in the House of Commons and stated:

Mr. Speaker, I know I speak for members of all sides of the House in offering to Japanese Canadians the formal and sincere apology of this Parliament for those past injustices against them, their families, and their heritage, and our solemn commitment to Canadians of every origin that they will never again be countenanced or repeated.

As we recognize the 20th anniversary of the Redress Agreement, quite amazingly, we have learned that it is also the 64th anniversary of the expropriation sale of the childhood home of Joy’s family. Recently we have been approached with research involving Land Registry searches on 1450 West 64th Avenue, and one of the discoveries was that it was sold on September 22, 1944.

Forty-four years later, to the day, the Redress Agreement was signed in Ottawa, with Joy present. Gregory Tatchell, the researcher, noted: “I think of these parallels as God winks, not as coincidence!”

Excerpt from Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1991) by Roy Miki and Cassandra Kobayashi