UBC Day of Learning

Envisioning our future at the 75th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Internment

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, UBC will host a Day of Learning to mark the 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian internment and the 5th anniversary of the UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 76 Japanese Canadian students expelled in 1942.

All events listed are open to UBC alumni, students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Everyone is welcome to register for any event(s), free of charge. Register here.

Events #1, 3 and 4 will be livestreamed on the day of. Watch here.

Event Schedule

Please arrive 15-30 minutes in advance to visit the registration table. Thank you.

Event #1: Learning History to Resist Hate (Waitlisted)
10:00am – 11:15am
 The Performance Theatre, AMS NEST

Join community activist and leader Mary Kitagawa, Professor John Price (University of Victoria), and Professor Henry Yu (UBC History) to explore connections between the history of Japanese Canadian internment and the rise of xenophobia today. Light breakfast refreshments will be provided to registrants.

Event #2: Stories on Organizing Against Injustice (Waitlisted)
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Performance Theatre, AMS NEST

This afternoon workshop will encourage participants of all walks of life to share experiences regarding community activism in Vancouver. Light afternoon refreshments will be provided to registrants. 

Event #3: Law, Policy, and Exclusion: Looking at Canada’s Past and Present
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

This 90-minute panel discussion will focus on past and present uses of the law in legitimizing exclusion. Moderated by University Ambassador, Wendy Yip, this panel will feature Claudia Li (City of Vancouver), Naveen Girn (City of Vancouver), and Peter A. Allard School of Law faculty Professor Ben Goold.

Event #4: Who Belongs Here? Reflecting on Canada at 150
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Moderated by award-winning CBC host Margaret Gallagher, this panel features Dr. Pam Sugiman (Ryerson University), Dr. Linc Kesler (UBC First Nations House of Learning), and Zool Suleman (Suleman & Co). They will explore past and present societal themes of xenophobia, racism and discrimination, from the removal of indigenous peoples, to the incarceration of over 21,000 Japanese Canadians in 1942, and the rise of Islamophobia today.